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Judging

Boating Writers International has partnered with the National Marine Manufacturers Association and National Marine Electronics Association to provide judges for their respective Innovative Awards programs.

Volunteer members of BWI including editors, staff writers and freelancers bring to the judging process a thorough working knowledge of boats and boating products as well as general marine industry expertise. Awards are presented in various categories at the International Boat Builders’ Exposition & Conference and the Miami International Boat Show. BWI judges are volunteers donating their time and knowledge and work within a set of guidelines developed by the NMMA.
Beginning in 2009, BWI members were also asked by The National Marine Electronics Association to judge its New Product Technology Award at the annual NMEA convention. The purpose of the new award is to recognize recently introduced products and single out the “best” based on a combination of innovative design, benefits to boaters, practicality, and value.
Judging participation provides opportunities for BWI members to review what’s new in the world of boating and electronic products, defer some expenses in getting to the venues where the products are featured, interact with leading marine company personnel working on innovative developments, and recognize achievement in innovation which benefits the boating public.
BWI President Zuzana Prochazka is the New Product Committee Award chairperson who coordinates member involvement with the various judging routines. Members with expertise and an interest in becoming involved should contact her to gain consideration in being added to the judges list. Prochazka’s email is totemgroup@msn.com.
Manufacturers and suppliers who bring to market new and innovative products to advance the boating industry are encouraged to participate in the awards process.
For details about the NMMA Innovation Awards, visit http://www.nmma.org/industryprograms/innovationawards/
For details about the NMEA New Product Technology Award, visit http://www.nmea.org/Assets/nmeaindustrytechnologyaward2.pdf
Information on products honored in the past year can be found on the respective sponsors’ websites:
2010 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards
http://www.nmma.org/news/news.asp?id=17815&sid=3. For more information contact: Kelly Kaylor, kkaylor@nmma.org, 312/946.6262
2009 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards
http://www.nmma.org/news/news.asp?id=17725&sid=3. For more information contact: Kelly Kaylor, kkaylor@nmma.org, 312/946.6262
2009 NMEA New Product Technology Award
http://www.nmea.org/Assets/nmea2009%20awards.pdf. For more information contact: David Hayden, NMEA President & Executive Director, 410/975-9425, dhayden@nmea.org.
2009 Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) Innovation Awards
http://www.nmma.org/news/news.asp?id=17688&sid=3. For more information contact: Kelly Kaylor, kkaylor@nmma.org, 312/946.6262



 
 
 
 

NMMA’s Innovation Awards Program

Boating Writers International has partnered with the National Marine Manufacturers Association to provide judges for NMMA’s Innovation Awards program.

Volunteer members of BWI including editors, staff writers and freelancers bring to the judging process a thorough working knowledge of boats and boating products as well as general marine industry expertise. Awards are presented in various categories at the International Boat Builders’ Exposition & Conference and the Miami International Boat Show. BWI judges are volunteers donating their time and knowledge and work within a set of guidelines developed by the NMMA.

NMEA’s New Product Technology Award

Beginning in 2009, BWI members were also asked by The National Marine Electronics Association to judge its New Product Technology Award at the annual NMEA convention. The purpose of the new award is to recognize recently introduced products and single out the “best” based on a combination of innovative design, benefits to boaters, practicality, and value.

Judging participation provides opportunities for BWI members to review what’s new in the world of boating and electronic products, defer some expenses in getting to the venues where the products are featured, interact with engaged marine company personnel working on innovative developments, and recognize achievement in innovation which benefits the boating industry and public.

How To Get Involved

BWI Director Zuzana Prochazka is the New Product Committee Award chairperson who coordinates member involvement with the various judging routines. Members with expertise and an interest in becoming involved should contact her to gain consideration in being added to the judges list. Prochazka’s email is totemgroup@msn.com.

Manufacturers and suppliers who bring to market new and innovative products to advance the boating industry are encouraged to participate in the awards process.

For details about the NMMA Innovation Awards, visit http://www.nmma.org/shows/innovation/default.aspx

For details about the NMEA New Product Technology Award, visit http://www.nmea.org/Assets/nmeaindustrytechnologyaward2.pdf

Products Honored in the Past Year

Information on products honored in the past year can be found on the sponsors’ websites:

2016 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award

http://www.nmma.org/press/article/20390

For more information, contact: Rachel Timko at rtimko@nmma.org or 312-946-6247

2015 NMEA Awards

www.nmea.org/Assets/nmea%202015%20product%20of%20excellence%20award%20winners.pdf

For more information, contact: Bruce Cole, bcole@mcnabbmr.com

2015 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards

www.nmma.org/press/article/20117

For more information, contact: Rachel Timko at rtimko@nmma.org or 312-946-6247