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Otronicon | Exclusive Interview with Orlando Science Center All About Otronicon

Otronicon, one of the biggest event of the year for the Orlando Science Center, opens this Friday.  The four-day ‘con’ event brings some of Central Florida’s biggest companies together with some of the latest technology for a celebration of interactive technology.

Central Florida Top 5 recently spoke with Mark Schaub, the Marketing Coordinator for Orlando Science Center, about Otronicon and all that goes into it.

CFLTop5- How would you describe Otronicon?

MS- Otronicon is a showcase of the newest and coolest technology, most of which is created right here in Orlando. Video games, robots, simulators and more encompass all four floors of the Science Center. Orlando is rising up the list of high tech cities in the U.S. and Otronicon highlights all the great work being done in our own backyard. Guests can go home inspired to pursue a technology career.

CFLTop5- What about it makes it so unique?

MS- Otronicon is unique in that you can’t knock on the door of Lockheed Martin and ask, ‘Can me and my kid jump in your flight simulators?’, or walk into EA SPORTS in Maitland and say, ‘Hey, what games are you working on and can you tell me how you make them?’ And Otronicon isn’t just a fun event full of hands-on interactive technology; it’s a rare opportunity to chat with the professionals who work on this stuff. At the end of the day, it might just inspire you to pursue a career in video game design, medicine or simulation.

CFLTop5- Many local businesses, such as Florida Hospital and Lockheed Martin, are involved in the event. Why does this event attract such high caliber local businesses? 

MS- Orlando Science Center’s mission is to inspire science learning for life, and it shows throughout this event. Partners like UCF, Florida Hospital for Children and Lockheed Martin recognize the importance of inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and doctors. The best way to do that is to show them how cool these jobs are and how they’re accessible, especially in Orlando. This is a great place to go to school and find a job when you graduate. Businesses that partner with the Science Center realize the significance that this event has and that by showing the public all this cool technology, it can spark an interest that can carry someone through the rest of their life.

CFLTop5- Could you explain some of the events at Otronicon that locals may not have heard as much about?

MS- There are many unique offerings that comprise Otronicon. For instance, we’ve got Artronica, a video game-inspired art exhibit. The Game Jam is new to Otronicon this year and features about 20 budding game designers being locked in the Science Center for 48 hours while they create a video game from scratch. Guests can peer in to Dr. Dare’s Lab where this will be taking place and watch the genius unfold. Also new this year is the FilmSlam, in which dozens of local filmmakers have submitted short films for us to watch and vote on for the Viewer’s Choice Award.

CFLTop5- This year a new exhibit, Zoom into Nano, is opening at Orlando Science Center just in time for Otronicon. What was some of the reasoning in opening it at the same time as Otronicon?

MS- Orlando Science Center sports three to four traveling exhibits a year, and it’s around Otronicon that we’re moving one out for another. Generally, we keep a buffer between the load-out of the previous exhibit and the load-in of the incoming exhibit during Otronicon. But to have this exhibit available to us now and for it to be all about nanotechnology, it was clear this is a great tie-in for the event. So for an added bonus, guests can experience this brand-new exhibit in addition to the awesomeness that is Otronicon.

149470_493035790947_320416_nOtronicon opens this Friday and runs through Monday.  Tickets are still available (Adults- $19 | Student- $17 | Ages 3-11- $13)

Check out this video of all the things we learned at last years event.


EA SPORTS Brings 3-D Game Technology to Orlando’s Otronicon 2014


EA SPORTS Brings 3-D Game Technology to Orlando’s Otronicon 2014

Orlando Gets in the Game

EA SPORTS continues to support the local digital media industry and will once again showcase its games and know-how at Otronicon, the popular Orlando Science Center event celebrating interactive technology, January 17-20, 2014.

Guests to Otronicon can peer into the inner workings of game development and new cutting-edge technology – all from the local game studio, EA-Tiburon.

Highlights at the event include:

Get In Character – See an EA SPORTS character animated in real-time using attendees’ facial movements;

Tech Exploration –  Get a sneak peek of how EA SPORTS uses technology to explore new ideas with a technical demonstration that investigates Xbox’s Kinect based game play. You can check Motorbike Sport for any kind of sports related information or even for any kind game information as well.

Be 3-D – With just a few clicks, guests will discover how they might look in a video game;

Augmented Reality – Guests will learn how augmented reality creates a more realistic gaming experience;

“Cover Athlete” Photography – Game face?  Check.  Athletic pose?  Check.  EA SPORTS puts guests on one of its game covers in a photo keepsake; and,

Games, Games and More Games – Inside the “game lounge,” play favorite EA SPORTS games, such as MADDEN NFL 25 and FIFA Soccer 14.

Madden NFL 25 photo from EA SPORTS!

Madden NFL 25 photo from EA SPORTS!

Admission to Otronicon to experience the EA SPORTS exhibits and other great partners and featured technology is $19 for adults and $13 for kids (ages 3-11).  For more details on Otronicon, including hours of operation, visit www.otronicon.org.

EA SPORTS:  EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling video game franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences.  EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports video games, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC.  The majority of development for EA SPORTS games is done at EA Canada (Burnaby, B.C. Canada) and EA-Tiburon (Orlando, Florida) studios. www.easports.com

(Funny video of Brian last year at this event)

*Madden NFL 25 photo from EA SPORTS!

Otronicon | Exclusive Interview with Orlando Science Center All About Otronicon