Innovation Awards

IBEX 2024 Innovation Awards

Rewarding Ingenuity. Honoring Excellence.

The IBEX Innovation Awards showcase outstanding marine product development to the recreational boating industry and beyond. The program, managed by the *National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), is one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors recognizing manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market.


IBEX 2024 contracted exhibitors with a product that meets all program rules and regulations are eligible for entry to the program.

  • Product was not marketed or sold to any person or entity in the U.S. prior to October 3, 2023.
  • Product must be on display in its finished, sellable state at the time of the show at which it is entered.
  • Product must not have been previously submitted for an Innovation Award.
  • Product must be sold and marketed or “shipping to market” at the time of the show at which it is entered or for sale to the public within 60 days after the end of the show. No concept products will be considered.
  • Product cannot have been marketed or sold in the U.S. more than one year prior to being entered for an Innovation Award at any show.
  • Participation in the Awards is limited to contracted companies exhibiting at IBEX 2024.

An official entry form must be submitted by August 21, 2024 for consideration.
*NMMA Members receive a discounted rate. To learn more about NMMA membership click here.


An exhibiting company can access the online entry form by navigating to the Exhibitor Resource Center and selecting the IBEX Innovation Awards tile. Entry forms must be received by the August 21st deadline for consideration to the program.


  • Electronic submission and acceptance of the 2024 IBEX Innovation Awards entry form by August 21, 2024.
  • Entry payment remitted by September 9, 2024.
    • Entry fee is $450 for NMMA members and $550 for non-members per Product entered.
  • Electronic submission of required supporting material (product video, product image and company logo) by August 28, 2024.
  • Participation in onsite judges meeting taking place September 29 & 30. Meetings are scheduled by the chair and will be confirmed after the entry deadline. Product must be present during meeting.



All IBEX Innovation Award entrants are invited to include their product along Innovation Way. Display space is complimentary. Display guidelines can be reviewed here.
*Advanced Shipping – exhibitors can ship a product to Shepard’s advanced warehouse. Products should be shipped pre-assembled and have shipping label affixed to the box.


Products will also be displayed online through the Innovation Way Showcase. Visit the 2023 Innovation Way Showcase to see past product entrants and winners.


Winners will be announced during the Industry Breakfast taking place on the opening morning of IBEX – Tuesday, October 1st. Tickets are required and available for purchase through IBEX registration.

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Click here to learn more about the Innovation Awards programs, including past award recipients.


Contact Rachel Harmon, Program Manager

2023 IBEX Innovation Awards Winner Release

Discover all 2023 product entries

2023 Judging Panel

Boating Writers International (BWI)

Boating Writers InternationalBWI is a professional organization consisting of writers, editors, publishers, photographers, broadcasters, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry. Members are active marine journalists across the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond.

Ed Sherman

Ed Sherman

Ed is a semi-retired ABYC Education Vice President. Author or co-author of five technical how-to books covering marine service and repair.

Steve Davis

Steve Davis

Steve has been sailing since age seven, has a USCG 100-Ton Master (sail and power), served as a charter, delivery, shuttle, and tour boat captain for more than 20 years. He is the editor-in-chief of Southern Boating magazine and is currently a BWI board member and judge for the BWI writing contest.

Brady Kay (Chair)

Brady Kay

Brady Kay is the executive editor of Pontoon & Deck Boat magazine and has been at the helm of the publication for over 20 years. During his tenure, Brady has tested and reviewed countless pontoon and deck boats, traveled to all 50 states for feature profiles, and has taken thousands of photos. He also currently oversees Great Lakes Boating magazine, a sister publication at Harris Publishing, and is in his third year as the president of Boating Writers International.

Andy Adams

Andy Adams

Andy is a BWI Member and the Managing Editor for both Canadian Yachting magazine and Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest, Canada’s only marine trade media source. He has reviewed a range of power boats from PWCs to 75-footers and covers new products in the News Week Digest 50 weeks a year. He has been a regular IBEX attendee since 2004 and was an Innovation Award Judge in 2019.

Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy develops curriculum for the American Boat & Yacht Council. A Contributing Editor to BoatUS magazine, and a Cruising World Editor-at-Large, Tim has worked as a marine journalist for more that 30 years. Having directed and judged CW’s Boat of the Year program for two decades, he has sea-trialed more than 500 new boats in the last two decades. He co-wrote Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology (ABYC 2012). He is the author of Adventurous Use of the Sea (Seapoint Books, 2022). Tim holds a USCG 100-Ton Master’s license.

Ben Stein (Co-Chair)

Ben Stein

Ben Stein is editor of covering marine technology. He also serves as electronics editor for Power & Motoryacht and PassageMaker magazines and is a regular contributor to Soundings. After 15 years in financial services technology, he left the corporate world to pursue his passion in boating. A USCG 100-Ton Master and ABYC certified marine electrical technician, Ben is an experienced cruiser having traveled over 20,000 nautical miles.

Julia Carelton

Julia Carelton

Julia is the Operations Manager at OceanPlanet Energy, a consulting & distribution company specializing in lithium battery & charging systems as well as custom solar solutions. She has worked extensively on sail training vessels and ocean research vessels. She holds a 500 GRT Oceans Master and a BS in Electrical Engineering.

Ryan Gullang

Ryan Gullang

Ryan is a freelance writer, recent college graduate, and former recipient of the BWI Active Interest Boating Media Journalist Scholarship. Ryan has been writing articles for FishTalk, SpinSheet, PropTalk, and with topics ranging from the health benefits of crabbing to the technical limitations of electric propulsion.

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