The Otronicon Tech Expo Expands with All-New Community Events
January 10 — January 12, various times and locations
As Otronicon turns 15 this year, Orlando Science Center’s popular STEM career and interactive tech expo, expands beyond its home location to reach out into the community. In the week leading up to the capstone event on January 17-20, Otronicon will partner with multiple events to engage people in discussion and exploration of what technology means to our lives and our future.
- STEM Saturdays at the Microsoft stores at both The Florida Mall and Mall at Millenia on January 11, 2020. Students ages 8 and up have the opportunity to participate in two-hour sessions where they will create their own video games!
- Level Up Academy will host a Parents Night Out on Friday, January 10, to engage children while parents enjoy a date night downtown. Activities look at how games are made and provide opportunities to promote teamwork, project management and creativity.
- Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy will host the Press Play Conference also on Saturday, January 11. This free one-day event at the new UCF Downtown Campus is aimed at informing local students and caregivers about career opportunities in the video game, simulation and film industries.
- Ohoops, an organization dedicated to providing youth with professional basketball training, will host a live, virtual and constructive training session in their OHoops Lab in Oviedo on Sunday, January 12.
- On Sunday, January 12, Enzian will host a screening and panel discussion for the Claude Shannon documentary titled: “The Bit Player.” Shannon was an American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as the “father of information theory.” He laid the theoretical foundations for digital circuits, which helped revolutionize the technological world. This film combines interviews with leading scientists, archival film, inventive animation and compelling commentary from Shannon himself to tell the story of an overlooked genius who never lost his childlike curiosity. This community event will kick off with a tech brunch, followed by the film screening, and a Q&A with director Mark Levinson. In addition, Levinson will participate in a panel discussion about Shannon’s legacy and impact with research scientist Elaine Raybourn of Sandia National Laboratories, founder of Tech Start-Up Automunge Nick Teague, and Associate Professor Azadeh Vosoughi from UCF’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Community events are free or require a nominal fee to participate. For dates and ticket links please visit www.osc.org/otronicon/community-events.
Orlando Science Center’s 15th Otronicon is a celebration of the intersection between, art, science and technology. Orlando’s favorite tech event is Friday, January 17 through Monday, January 20 and features four floors of gaming, robotics, simulators, virtual reality, guest speakers, competitions, workshops and so much more. Otronicon connects guests of all ages with larger-than-life experiences to explore how science and technology is changing our lives. Tickets and info can be found at www.otronicon.org.