The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has announced that the 2013 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference and Expo will be held September 25 to 28 in San Diego, California, at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina. The event was held in Orlando, Florida last year.
NMEA event organizers expect the conference and expo to attract more than 500 dealers, technicians, distributors, manufacturers, and other stakeholders in the marine electronics industry.
"Our upcoming NMEA Conference and Expo in San Diego will be the first in many years held adjacent to a large marina,' said Bruce Angus, Executive Director of the NMEA. "We haven't held the event in San Diego since 2008. That, combined with this great setting, makes us believe we will see very strong participation. The NMEA 2013 International Marine Electronics Conference and Expo will showcase the best in marine electronics in an 11,000 square-foot exhibit area. Many manufacturers will use the expo to unveil, for the first time, their new products for the upcoming year.'
Angus points out that last year's NMEA Conference and Expo was completely reorganized to provide more educational and business opportunities for attending dealers and participating manufacturers. He says the industry responded with record attendance (up 15 percent) and record participation in the comprehensive technical and business vocational training classes, and manufacturers' training.
"We've changed everything about the Conference to make certain that the dealers and technical members are able to participate in the training and educational experience that they want and need,' said Brad Good, chairman of the Convention Committee.
In 2013, the NMEA Conference will provide 15 classes in three tracks. Each class will be available twice over three days. The preliminary line-up of educational tracks at the 2013 Conference includes:
Regulations and Inspections
Internet of Things
Systems Project Management
ABYC Certifications Overview
New Marine Electronics Journal Website and Blog
Credit Card and Inventory Efficiency
Saturday, September 28, is dedicated to manufacturer product training seminars. The sessions are arranged to run four at a time, so attendees will need to plan ahead and make choices as to which they will be attend.
The 2013 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference and Expo will be held in the same week and at the same location as the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) Conference.
"The exhibits will combine both NMEA and RTCM member booths and will be open in the afternoons after the education tracks are complete on Wednesday through Friday of the conference week.' Angus said. "Our expo provides a great opportunity for technical members and manufacturer members to interact in a focused way that is not possible at consumer shows or other marine industry events.'
RTCM establishes marine electronics performance standards for communications and navigation equipment. The NMEA and RTCM conferences require separate registration, but there is a discount for RTCM registrants who also wish to register for the NMEA events. People may register for either or both events.
Social events at the conference include a welcoming booster reception on Wednesday evening, the association's annual business meeting on Thursday, and Friday night with cocktails, dinner, awards ceremony, and comedy entertainment.
For more information visit www.NMEA.org or call 410-975-9425.