Otronicon also will collaborate for the first time with Indienomicon — a local independent gaming showcase group — to engage and inform the crowd about the indie game community. But in addition to new exhibits and shows, old favorites will return, as well, such as gaming competitions, EA Sports detailing the ins and outs of its game development and independent game developers participating in Otronicon's Game Jam event. The event also will feature powerhouse tech companies such as Lockheed Martin and entertainment groups like Walt Disney World Resort.
for almost 50 years it became the center of social activities in this small Central Florida town. Parents of Rollins College Students stayed at the Langford. Retired industrialists from New York and Chicago spent their Winters there. Air conditioning, which was a novelty at the time, made Summers bearable. Townspeople held club meetings and weddings. The Restaurant had an excellent reputation, and Mr. Langford kept the Empire Room occupied with musicians and entertainers for years, at least until Walt Disney World became a tourist destination.
The event will include two hours of presentations from several early-stage tech companies vying to win $15,000 in cash awards for the best business plan. The event also will highlight Central Florida's best tech startups and show community members why Orlando is a thriving tech hub. Selected companies will get to share a five-minute "fastpitch" version of their business plans to a panel of seed investors, and will have the opportunity to receive funding, input and advice from the most successful YPO members and business owners in Orlando. The fastpitch event will take place Feb.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission does not track/count coyotes in the state so residents have taken it upon themselves to do so. Right now on the map, there are 15 sightings of coyotes and 15 missing or dead pets. Coyotes can and do prey on domestic cats and small dogs. The fish and wildlife commission advises: To protect your pets, don’t allow them to roam freely.
A national campaign to attract businesses to Orlando starts this weekend. A kickoff television ad will air once on NBC and nine times on cable. People outside Orlando often associate the city with Mickey Mouse. That’s great for tourism, but the Orlando Economic Development Commission wants to attract other businesses too.
A new company called the Iron Yard will soon call half of the first floor home. It is a private school that promises to teach students computer web coding in 12-weeks. Iron Yard Instructor David Rogers said, "You're training for a job. You're training to be a front-end engineer in an entry-level position." The Iron Yard's been around for 4 years and is already in five other cities. The company says it chose Orlando in part because of the city's focus on growing a digital main street.
co-working spaces in Orlando this week officially became a trend. Dennis Pape, the founder of Florida Venture Sourcing and VenturePitch Orlando on May 28 announced his latest venture: Catalyst, a 7,000-square-foot collaborative shared workspace for entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers, which is opening late this summer in downtown Orlando in the Yowell-Duckworth Building at 1 S. Orange Ave. And consider that Florida Hospital is planning a 15,000- to 30,00-square-foot co-working space and incubator in Health Village.
Catalyst — a 7,000-square-foot collaborative shared workspace for entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers — is opening late this summer in downtown Orlando in the Yowell-Duckworth Building at 1 S. Orange Ave. Catalyst will offer a combination of open workspace with shared and dedicated desks, private office space, conference rooms with video-conferencing capability, a craft coffee bar and lounge, as well as high-speed Internet connectivity. Those interested in working in a shared workspace environment will have access to the site for a monthly membership basis with no long-term contract.
And why has Ben ended up in Orlando, a land better known for its affiliation with Mickey Mouse than Steve Jobs? Ben landed there in 2005 on a job assignment, and likes the climate. And with retirement communities ringing the city, there’s no shortage of demand for healthcare--and healthcare innovation. Apple and Google recently acquired startups from the region, and perhaps someday central Florida will become known as a hub of innovation that Ben would like it to be, with The Garage one of its important spokes.