Otronicon reinstated its "Made in Orlando, Played in Orlando" slogan. And that dovetails with the thought that Orlando is a hotbed for tech-driven jobs.
"You don't need Silicon Valley, you don't have to go to Austin, Texas, you don't have to go to Seattle," Stanford says. "You can do it right here in Central Florida."
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Where: Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando
When: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday
Cost: $27 general, $20 ages 3-11
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•Otronicon visitors get access to current Orlando Science Center exhibit "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination." And "Star Wars" attendees have access to Otronicon. It's all the same price for all exhibits this weekend. "There is some synergy" in those two demographics and the exhibits, Stanford notes.
•The newly remodeled Digital Adventure Theater will have a limited run of "Tron: Legacy 3-D." The 2010 Disney film, starring Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner and Olivia Wilde, will be shown at 5:10 p.m. all four days of Otronicon and also at 7:50 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19.
•Also in the Digital Adventure Theater will be the MagicWorks Trivia Game, with questions about technology, video games and Otronicon itself.
•The SunTrust Terrace will be the site of laser tag presented by Battlefield Live Orlando for eight hours each day. Games will run eight minutes with a dozen or so players at a time.
•Classic arcade games will be found on the ground floor. "You can't have Otronicon without going a little old school," Stanford says.
•STEAM, a gallery of digitally produced artwork, will be presented. (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.)
•Returning is the Virtusphere, a big cage/globe that uses virtual reality techniques. And it's here to stay. The Orlando Science Center purchased one with designs on it being a permanent exhibit. "It gets its big coming out party during Otronicon," Stanford says.