Otronicon Returns: Made in Orlando, Played in Orlando

Otronicon returns to Orlando for the seventh consecutive year on January 13-16, joining the Orlando Science Center and other partners, to celebrate the role interactive technology plays in the way we live, learn, work and play.

Hands-on Military Simulation Experiences (Photo: Otronicon)

The Science Center’s largest annual event with an average of 2,500 visitors each day – more than 10,000 guests for all four days, Otronicon provides an opportunity to inspire a child’s interest in science tech careers through the appeal of video games, interactive technology and virtual reality.

There are also classes in video game creation as well as exclusive peeks at simulators created by local experts. Simulation areas will examine how video game technology is being used in the military, medical, sports and entertainment industries as a training and design tool. Plus, connect with local simulation companies to learn about exciting careers in the field.

The event promotes the concept of “made in Orlando, played in Orlando” with many chances to interact with the creative professionals that make the games you enjoy and discover the growing career opportunities in your own backyard. EA Sports will spotlight the many aspects of game development as well as provide opportunities for open play while Disney will be showcasing how they use simulation to design rides and attractions. Military partners will be spotlighting how they use interactive technology to keep our pilots and soldiers safe.

In addition, explore the virtual reality environment of the Virtusphere or simulate surgery using the da Vinci surgical robot. There will also be live music, open play for video games on multiple platforms, and areas to explore video games as art. For the first-time during Otronicon, guests will also experience themed laser light shows on the 8-story screen of the Dr. Phillips CineDome.

This year, partners including EA SPORTS, Lockheed Martin, University of Central Florida, Florida Hospital, and first-time Otronicon partner, Walt Disney World Resort, demonstrate Orlando’s impact on the world of entertainment, simulation, education, training, healthcare and more.

This event is included with general admission to the Orlando Science Center, which is $17 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-11). For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit www.otronicon.org.


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