Special Events and Networking

Tuesday, October 1

Innovation Awards breakfast

IBEX Industry Breakfast

The Industry Breakfast kicks-off IBEX and gives all in attendance the opportunity to begin the show experience networking with marine industry friends and colleagues.  Held on the opening morning of the show, all attendees will enjoy breakfast while hearing an Industry Address from Frank Hugelmeyer, NMMA President.

  • Tuesday, October 1
  • 7:30 – 9:30 AM
    Doors open at 7 AM
  • JW Marriott Tampa Water Street, 4th Floor, Tampa Bay Ballroom
  • $60/person; tickets available through IBEX registration


Jeff Wasil, NMMA

Pathways to Propulsion Decarbonization for the Recreational Marine Industry

Jeff Wasil, NMMA, and Patrick Hemp, ICOMIA, will share some of the technical outcomes of the Pathways to Propulsion Decarbonization study.

  • Tuesday, October 1
  • 11 AM – 12 PM
  • Main Stage
  • Free, registration required


Soundings Trade Only

Marine Industry Workplace Research Results and Panel Discussion Presented by Soundings Trade Only

Groundbreaking 2024 research focused on attracting, retaining, and developing top-tier talent

  • Tuesday, October 1
  • 4:30 – 6:00 PM
  • Main Stage
  • Free, registration required


Sail Pavillion at IBEX Show

Opening Night Party

Celebrate the opening day of IBEX with drink specials and music and keep the excitement going.

  • Tuesday, October 1
  • 6 PM
  • The Sail Pavilion


Wednesday, October 2

Panel at IBEX Show

Avoiding Contradictions in Technology

Lifespan differences in electrical systems, propulsion, vessel design, and what this means for boat repair and maintenance

  • Wednesday, October 2
  • 8:30 – 10 AM
  • Main Stage
  • $25/person; tickets available through IBEX registration


Audience members in IBEX Show seminar

Visionary Leadership: The Driving Force behind the Marine Industry’s Small and Medium Sized Businesses

A panel of marine industry leaders will share their experience and answer your questions

  • Wednesday, October 2
  • 11 AM – 1 PM
  • Main Stage
  • $70/person, includes lunch; tickets available through IBEX registration


IBEX Show Start-Up Pavilion

Start-Up Pitching Competition

A pitching competition designed to foster innovation and facilitate connections between promising start-ups, industry experts, investors, and potential partners.

  • Wednesday, October 2
  • 2 – 3:30 PM
  • Main Stage
  • Free, registration required


Three men standing in front of other seated at tables

Pitch the Press

This is a fast-paced and fun live event for industry buyers and the press featuring 12 product pitches and a happy hour

  • Wednesday, October 2
  • 3:30 – 5 PM
  • 1st Floor, Press Room, Room 101


Three men looking at a product on the show floor at IBEX in Tampa Florida

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

Stroll the exhibit halls and meet with exhibitors in a relaxed, casual atmosphere while enjoying food and beverage.

  • Wednesday, October 2
  • 5 – 6 PM
  • All Exhibit Halls


Tall palm trees surround an outdoor bar with people sitting

Mid-Show Mixer

Get loud at the Sail Pavilion on Wednesday evening, after the show closes.

  • Wednesday, October 2
  • 6 PM
  • The Sail Pavilion


Thursday, October 3

NMEA logo

NMEA Advanced Marine Electronics Installer Course, Career Day

The NMEA 2000® Advanced Course focuses on installations, setup, and diagnostic troubleshooting of moderately complex NMEA 2000® networks.

  • Thursday, October 3
  • 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Seminar Hallway


Two men doing a hand's-on project at IBEX

Student Career Day at IBEX

A special one-day event offering industry exposure, speakers, meet & greets, and access to select IBEX technical seminars for students from five Florida marine technical schools (age 18+), along with their instructors.

  • Thursday, October 3
  • 8:30 AM – 3 PM


All Days

Innovation Way at IBEX Show

Innovation Way

Check out the year’s innovative and award-worthy new products on display along Innovation Way.

  • Live & Ongoing
  • 2nd Floor, Waterview Lounge


NMEA logo

NMEA’s Connected Electronics Pavilion

Electronics Pavilion exhibitors will have their certified products connected via an NMEA 2000 network traveling within their booths, giving attendees the opportunity to see this technology live.

  • Live & Ongoing
  • 3rd Floor, Electronics Pavilion


IBEX Show Start-Up Pavilion

Start-Up Pavilion

IBEX and Yachting Ventures are joining forces to launch the Start-Up Pavilion, an inventive platform tailored for startups to unveil their newest products and technologies to the marine industry.

  • Live & Ongoing
  • 3rd Floor


Long gangway leading to dock with boats at IBEX in Tampa Florida

The IBEX Docks

Get in on the action and out on the water. This is a rare opportunity to experience the newest innovations in the industry.

  • Live & Ongoing
  • Tampa Convention Center Waterfront & Marriott Water Street


Tents, people and boats on a dock at IBEX in Tampa Florida

Outdoor Exhibits & Displays

Don’t miss the outdoor exhibits in the Front Circle Drive of the Tampa Convention Center.

  • Live & Ongoing
  • Front Circle Drive

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Anchor Exhibitors

Patrick Industries
Cartesius Industrial Solutions