Orange County Government, Florida
Mark Schaub
(407) 900-6275 or mark@orlandoix.com
18 September 2015
OrlandoiX Celebrates Orlando’s
Burgeoning Tech Industry
Five-Day International Digital Festival Spotlights Entertainment Technology, Interactive Media and Digital Arts

ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2015) — The Orlando Interactive Experience, or OrlandoiX, is an international digital festival to be held in Orlando, Fla. on Oct. 2 – 6. It will showcase Orlando’s burgeoning technology industry, namely entertainment technology, interactive media and digital arts. Featured events include the Gaming Experience, Startup Summit and Digital Expo presented by SunTrust, as well as a speaker series boasting some of the world’s foremost thought leaders in the world of technology.

Orlando is among the largest technology clusters in the nation and boasts a $14 billion industry. Already recognized as the world’s leader in modeling, simulation and training, Orlando is also home to an emerging entertainment technology and digital media hub. At its core, Orlando is about creativity and innovation, and OrlandoiX is a showcase of the region’s growing reputation in these areas.

“OrlandoiX will put Orlando on the map as a center for digital innovation and creativity, and support the continued expansion of our city’s fastest-growing industry,” said David Glass, executive producer and founder of OrlandoiX. “We created this public event to showcase cutting-edge digital technology from around the world, and to bring tech industry leaders to Orlando for a week of conferences and exhibitions.”

Keynote speakers include: Michelle McKenna-Doyle, Senior Vice President and CIO at the National Football League; Kimberly Gnatt, Global Group Director, Digital Marketing at The Coca-Cola Company; Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer at Dell; Matthew Knell, VP of Social Media & Community at About.com; Ted Murphy, Founder, Chairman and CEO at IZEA; and Bob Allen, Chief Storytelling Officer at IDEAS. These six individuals are among the world’s leading creative technologists and will divulge their discoveries, ideas and breakthroughs at the inaugural event. In all, 44 speakers have been announced with more to be added soon.

OrlandoiX starts with the Opening Night Party presented by IZEA at Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Tech enthusiasts and the community at-large are invited to celebrate the metro area’s ever-growing technology industry with food, drinks and activities.

The following four days emanate from the Orange County Convention Center and feature dynamic keynotes, panels, exhibits and entertainment that highlights leading advancements in entertainment technology, interactive media and digital arts.

Gamers unite at the Gaming Experience on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 for wall-to-wall action including tournaments; live demos by established studios like EA SPORTS as well as up-and-coming indie game developers; and talks on top trends and strategies in game development from mobile to console to augmented reality.

Tech entrepreneurs are sure not to miss the Startup Summit on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 when the latest in digital entertainment advancements are showcased, pitched and demonstrated. Discover the successes of some of the brightest and most successful tech startups in the world. And witness as startups make their pitches to a panel of investors in hopes of securing venture capital.

The festival’s final two days culminate in the Digital Expo presented by SunTrust: a power-packed showcase of trend and growth strategy discussions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities. High-level technologists from brands including the NFL, The Coca-Cola Company and Dell will present and offer their insights on this rapidly evolving industry. In addition, dozens of companies will showcase the latest advancements in interactive technology on the exhibit floor.

A gathering of this type wouldn’t be complete without social and networking events, and OrlandoiX does not disappoint. The marquee entertainment act is the Battle of the Geek Bands on Saturday, Oct. 3 starting at 6 p.m. Bands comprised mostly of technology workers will rock the stage in hopes of being voted king of the geek bands. These events are great for making new business partners and gaining insight on the expanding tech scene in Orlando.

Attendees to OrlandoiX will include: game developers, designers, producers, animators, artists, programmers, digital marketers, ad tech professionals, tech enthusiasts, national industry media, venture investors and entrepreneurs.

Badges to attend OrlandoiX are on sale now. Prices are $35, $159, $199 and $389 for the Gaming Experience, Startup Summit, Digital Expo + Speakers and All-Access Pass, respectively. Learn more and purchase badges at OrlandoIX.com.

ORLANDOiX PARTNERS
Presenting Sponsor is Full Sail University; EA SPORTS; IZEA; Orange County Government; Downtown Orlando; City of Orlando; Purple, Rock, Scissors; Clear Channel Outdoor; Foley & Lardner; Orange County Convention Center; OUC – The Reliable One; SunTrust; Riptide; Highwinds; AXA Advisors; Ustler Development Inc.; Canvs; Indienomicon; BDO USA; Code School; TCreative; Orlando Tech Association; Orlando Magic; NeoReach; Visit Orlando; iHeartMedia; DeVry University; Viewpost; HostDime; I4 Business Magazine; Creative Village; Wall Street Plaza; Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy at The University of Central Florida; Savannah College of Art and Design; Bright House Network Business Solutions; and The Mall at Millenia.

ABOUT ORLANDOiX
The Orlando Interactive Experience (OrlandoiX) is an international digital festival to be held in Orlando, Fla. on October 2 - 6, 2015. OrlandoiX’s featured events include a Speaker Series, Gaming Experience, Startup Summit and Digital Expo presented by SunTrust that will showcase leading advancements in entertainment technology, interactive media and digital arts. Attendees will include: game developers, designers, producers, animators, artists, programmers, digital marketers, ad tech professionals, tech enthusiasts, national industry media, venture investors and entrepreneurs.

The Opening Night Party presented by IZEA will be hosted at Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando on Oct. 2 and the Gaming Arena, Startup Summit and Digital Expo will be held at the Orange County Convention Center on Oct. 3 – 6.

Learn more at OrlandoIX.com and join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #OrlandoiX15.

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About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County facebook and twitter pages.