Celebrate technology in how we live, learn, work and play at Otronicon Jan. 16-19, 2015, at the Orlando Science Center. Join industry partners like Lockheed Martin, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida Hospital for Children and University of Central Florida as they demonstrate Orlando’s impact on entertainment, education, health care and more.
Otronicon is setup to inspire a child’s interest in science and tech careers by the use of video games, interactive technology and virtual reality. There will be classes in video game creation and exclusive chances to experience simulators to examine how video game technology is being used in the military, medical, sports and entertainment industries.
With the concept of “made in Orlando, played in Orlando,” Otronicon gives attendees chances to interact with the creative professionals that make your favorite games and to discover growing career opportunities right here in Orlando.
Some of the attractions to look for include:
“Shock rock” performance rock group ArcAttack graces the stage with guitars, drums and singing Tesla coils. Watch this band rock out as visually stunning sparks emanate from the coils in conjunction with the music. The jam session produces what looks like lightning and interacts with a Faraday cage that guests can stand safely inside during the show. ArcAttack has appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” at SXSW in Austin and designed the Tesla coils used in an endurance stunt by illusionist David Blaine in 2012.
Orlando Science Center collaborated with Indienomicon creator Kunal Patel to present Otronicon’s first-ever Indie Game Developer Showcase. Discover the burgeoning indie game community as nearly a dozen teams bring their games for you to play. Get a hands-on overview of how a video game is created courtesy of Unity.
EA SPORTS, the brand responsible for the best-selling Madden NFL and FIFA series, returns to Otronicon for the fifth straight year and will spotlight the many exciting aspects of game development. Also returning is Walt Disney World Resort, which will showcase how they use simulation to design rides and attractions. Lockheed Martin, a partner since the first Otronicon in 2006, is exhibiting six flight simulators. And Florida Hospital for Children invites you to operate the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, a technological leap forward over previous models of the robotic-assisted surgery system.
Otronicon After Dark on Friday and Saturday evenings includes musical performances of chiptunes —synthesized electronic music reminiscent of eight-bit video game soundtracks — with Benjamin Briggs and Kawaii 8 Bit. The timeless laser light show featuring Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” awaits in the Dr. Phillips CineDome, and adults can enjoy beer courtesy of BART in the lounge as well as geek trivia.
Admission for Otronicon is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3-11). Science Center members can experience Otronicon for free. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 and Saturday, Jan. 17; and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 and Monday, Jan. 19.
For more information, call 407-514-2000 or visit www.osc.org and www.otronicon.org.