Organizers of the 2016 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo said the event will focus on education and training, a new products expo, demonstration boats, product awards and networking and social events.
The conference will be held from Sept. 20-23 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla.
“After listening to member feedback and suggestions, we have increased the training offerings and brought back business-related training tracks, including a ‘QuickBooks Session’ and an ‘Open Moderated Business Forum’,” NMEA president and executive director Mark Reedenauer said in a statement.
“We also added member incentives and discounts to encourage dealer and trade members to attend. This definitely will be the place to be for networking and training on all aspects of marine electronics.”
Other new technical education tracks will include autopilots, OneNet and wireless networking. An updated preliminary training schedule will be posted at the conference website during the coming weeks.
Students also can take advantage of the all-day NMEA training at a 50 percent discount — the lowest price NMEA offers.
The Basic Marine Electronics Installer course will be held on Sept. 20. The NMEA 2000 Networking course will be held on Sept. 21, and the Advanced Marine Electronics Installer course will be held on Sept. 22.
Additionally, NMEA technical committees for OneNet and NMEA 2000 will meet throughout the week.
The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Task Force will meet on Sept. 21. The task force is a group dedicated to monitoring the success and shortcomings of the task force. It is also active in current efforts to modernize the task force and monitors related developments in maritime radio and electronic navigation. The task force makes recommendations to government authorities to improve safety at sea.
A highlight of the conference will be a panel of CEOs from major marine electronics manufacturers who will talk about the future of the market and respond to questions about issues that affect the industry.
The discussion will take center stage on Sept. 20, just after lunch and immediately before exhibits open on the expo floor.