IBEX names judges for 2017 Innovation Awards

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IBEX today named the eight-member panel that will judge the 2017 Innovation Awards.

The awards, judged by Boating Writers International, will be presented at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference during the annual Industry Breakfast on Sept. 19 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Waterside Marriott Hotel in Florida.

The judges, who have an extensive technical boating product background, are expected to review the nearly 90 new products submitted for the Innovation Awards.

All products entered will be on display throughout IBEX along Innovation Way, which is inside the exhibit hall at the Tampa Convention Center.

The Innovation Awards honor achievement in product development in 13 areas of the marine industry: Boatbuilding Methods and Materials; Deck Equipment and Hardware; Furnishings and Interior Parts; Mechanical Systems; Electrical Systems; Inboard Engines; Outboard Engines; Boatyard and Dealer Hardware and Software; Propulsion Parts, Propellers; Boat Care and Maintenance; OEM Electronics; Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories; and Safety Equipment.

"IBEX is the perfect place for marine professionals to learn about the latest technology, services and products in an industry that is becoming more and more innovative," Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director, said in a statement. “Rewarding ingenuity and honoring excellence is what the IBEX Innovation Awards stand for, and we look forward to recognizing this year's award recipients during the Industry Breakfast."

Click here for a list of the judges.


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