Innovations Barrage Repeats at IBEX

Rapid-fire presentations of approximately 20 new boating-related innovations will be on tap for a return engagement of “Pitch The Press” at this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX). The “Pitch” session is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday October 5 in the second floor lounge area at the Tampa Convention Center. The concept was well received by media and participants last year: innovators have 2-minutes to explain their “new thing” and 1-minute to answer questions before the next pitch-person is given the stage.

The end result allows those with pre-screened intriguing new products or services opportunity to briefly explain what sets their innovation apart from others, gives boating writers a quick review to see what’s heading to the marketplace and alert their readers, and industry buyers a close look at items they may want to add to their distribution chain … all in an hour. Emceeing this year will be BWI Director and 2nd V.P. Alan Jones.

Organized by IBEX and Boating Writers International, participants are drawn from IBEX exhibitors by the BWI Innovation Award judges and other “industry insiders,” who walk the floor looking for items and products, etc. that are new, or unique or stand out in a crowded field. Those selected are not necessarily earlier recipients of IBEX Innovation Awards. There is no cost to participate or present or for interested media.

IBEX, which has a mission statement of “Where Better Boats Begin” (, is described as the marine industry’s largest technical trade event, owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder ( magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and annually gathers thousands of industry professionals. It will offer over 80 education sessions at the upcoming event taking place October 4 through 6 at the Tampa Convention Center.

To obtain a press badge for IBEX, working members of the editorial media may register in advance by contacting Amy Riemer ( Those approved will have credentials available for pick up at the show.