Innovation Awards

How to Enter - Deadline December 29, 2016

1.) Review the 2017 Rules & Regulations to confirm product is valid for entry.

2.) Email Rachel Timko your contracted company name and booth number to receive the online entry form.

3.) Complete entry form.  The following are required at the time of entry:

  • Select one product category.

  • Provide product description (maximum 250 words).  This is read by the judges prior to show site.  This description should clearly illustrate the innovation.  Do not include promotional language about the company.  Focus on describing the unique features of the product.

  • Submit payment by credit card or electronic check ($340 NMMA member/ $400 non-member) 

4.) After entry has been submitted a Dropbox invitation will be sent via email. Please allow up to 48 hours after entry is submitted. Accept the invitation and upload the REQUIRED product photo, company logo and *product video.  Additional supporting material (photos, brochures, articles) can also be uploaded at this time.  Access to the Dropbox folder will close December 29, 2016.  Materials will not be accepted after the folder closes.

5.) If applicable, ship product for the judges review. Products must arrive between January 9-February 10, 2017 with the shipping label adhered.

6.) Schedule onsite meeting with Innovation Award judges. Meetings will take place onsite Tuesday, February 14 and Wednesday, February 15.  

* Product videos are required for entry to the 2017 program.  Videos will be uploaded to the unique Dropbox folder provided by NMMA Staff after the online entry form is complete.  No specific file format is required. The video, lasting no longer than three minutes, should showcase the innovative features of the product in a succinct matter.  The video can demonstrate how the product works or simply highlight the innovation(s).  This video will be viewed by the judges only.  Please do not submit a promotional video.  Production quality is not judged. View a product video of a past Innovation Award recipient.

The 2016 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award winners are:

Boat Care and Maintenance: Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, Contour

Center Console/ Walkaround Fishing Boats: Scout Boats, Inc., ForwardFIVE Performing Seating Station

Consumer Electronics, Mobile Applications and Software – Dual Winners: Simrad-Navico, StructureScan; FLIR Systems, Inc., AX8 Thermal Monitoring Camera

Consumer Safety Equipment: Weems & Plath, SOS Distress Light

Honorable Mention: Spinlock USA, LumeOn Lifejacket Illumination

Cuddy Cabin and Bowrider Boats: Bayliner Marine Corporation, VR5 Runabout

Deck Equipment: Premier Marine, Inc., Ricochet Ladder

Honorable Mention: Anchor & Docking, Inc., Anchor Turner Kit

Docking and Fendering Equipment: Bellingham Marine Ind., Inc., Portable Floating Timber Dock System

Electric Motor/ Battery Powered Propulsion: Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc., Minn Kota Riptide Ulterra electric trolling motor

Fishing Equipment, Gear & Tackle: Taco Metals, Inc., Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles

Furnishings & Interior Parts: Westhead Group, Flexima Nautic

Jet Boats: BRP U.S. Inc., Intelligent Shift and Throttle

Mechanical & Electrical Systems: Indmar Products Co., Inc., Strainer Pro

Outboard Engines: Seven Marine, LLC, 627 SpectraBlade

Personal Gear, Soft Goods: Grundens USA, Breakwater Pants

Honorable Mention: Gill North America, Ltd., FG2 Tournament Jacket

Personal Watercrafts: Yamaha WaterCraft Group Company, TR-1 Marine High Output Engine

Learn about the Innovation Awards HERE

Questions? Contact Rachel Timko, Project Manager at

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