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For the first time in two years, robots, simulations and video games will take over the Orlando Science Center in a fully onsite and in-person Otronicon.

The annual science and technology expo, started in 2006, will feature interactive technology exhibits, workshops, shows and competitions from Feb. 18-21. Exhibitors range from The Walt Disney Co., Central Florida’s biggest employer, to Winter Garden-based exoskeleton startup Rake Technologies Inc.

Otronicon often draws a wide array of attendees, including families and students. For the businesses and organizations on display at this year’s show, it’s an opportunity to show off new innovations and engage with students who make up the workforce of the future…

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For the first time in two years, robots, simulations and video games will take over the Orlando Science Center in a fully onsite and in-person Otronicon. The annual science and technology expo, started in 2006, will feature interactive technology exhibits, workshops, shows and competitions from Feb. 18-21. Exhibitors range from The Walt Disney Co., Central Florida’s biggest employer, to Winter Garden-based exoskeleton startup Rake Technologies Inc. Otronicon often draws a wide array of attendees, including families and students. For the businesses and

The 5th annual 2022 Synapse Summit returned to Tampa’s Amalie Arena this February calling together Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, which consists of startup founders, funders, tech talent, executives, educational institutions, support organizations and local/regional/state government entities, especially the economic development boards. Synapse Florida, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, expertly designs the annual event to Celebrate, Discover, & Engage the Florida innovation community. Acting as a powerful catalyst, Synapse brings in all community stakeholders together to enable chance meetings, meaningful dialogues, opportunities to brainstorm, be inspired and

As travel demand picks up, group trips are on the horizon again and a St. Pete entrepreneur hopes his new app will make planning a little easier. The app Takeoff just launched last week to help plan itineraries and split payments for group travel. The startup’s founder and CEO Chase Harris said his own rescheduled group trips due to the pandemic made him realize there was a gap to fill. "A lot of, like, my bachelor parties and group trips like that got pushed to 2021, which ultimately

Futurists and metaverse experts took center stage during the Synapse Summit in Tampa last week, sharing their own journeys in tech and the future of innovation in Florida. This year, the keynote speakers for the Synapse Summit were Manny Medina, one of South Florida’s best-known serial tech entrepreneurs; Cathy Hackl, dubbed the “Godmother of the Metaverse” and the CEO and Chief Metaverse Officer of the Futures Intelligence Group; and Felecia Hatcher, CEO of Black Ambition, a nonprofit initiative founded by Pharrell

“Things fall apart; the center cannot hold,” William Butler Yeats wrote in “The Second Coming,” the Irish poet’s famous 1919 work about civilization turning to chaos in the wake of World War I. More than a century later, the center is again being challenged, this time by technology — specifically, the rise of cryptocurrencies, blockchains, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and other “Web 3.0” innovations, which present new, decentralized ways of doing business. Web 3.0 was a popular topic at the Synapse Summit on Feb.

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Hundreds of young, diverse entrepreneurs are gearing up to showcase their ideas to top Tampa Bay investors in hopes of making their dream of becoming an entrepreneur a reality. “I’m a Tampa native, born and raised. I’ve built four companies in Tampa, had a few successes and failures,” said Sat Ramphal, CEO and Co-Founder of Maya AI. He and his brothers have been bringing fresh startup ideas to the forefront for more than ten

Leaders of the 23-county Florida High Tech Corridor today shared the stage at Synapse Summit 2022 where they celebrated a 25-year legacy of partnership and innovation and unveiled a commitment to “unleash the region’s expotential.” University of Florida President Kent Fuchs, University of Central Florida President Alexander Cartwright and Interim University of South Florida President Rhea Law participated in a discussion moderated by The Corridor’s CEO Paul Sohl, Rear Adm. USN (ret), about their hallmark partnership approach, the role of universities

Fast, which offers a secure one-click checkout for online buyers, won the Grand Prize and first place in the Emerging Tech category at Synapse Summit’s Innovation Awards ceremony in Tampa. The San-Francisco-based fintech company in a growth mode has opened a Tampa office. And Tampa’s Glazer Children’s Museum, an interactive learning laboratory where children play, placed first in the Community Impact category. At the fifth summit, which drew more than 5,600 to downtown Tampa on February 17, two other Tampa Bay companies also made the finalists

For the first time, University of South Florida President Rhea Law shared the stage with the presidents of the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida to offer their visions for the role of university innovation in fueling the state’s future economy. The three presidents came together at the recent Synapse Summit in downtown Tampa, an annual event that brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, startups, students and others from the innovation community in Florida and beyond