The 2018 Synapse Innovation Summit brings the best people, organizations, ideas and technologies together for two days of learning, exploring and celebrating the possibilities in technology and innovation.

Who should attend?

Innovators / Entrepreneurs / Investors / Incubators / Accelerators / Educators / Students / Opportunity Seekers /  Service Providers / Research Institutions / Companies of all stages or sizes

The Synapse Innovation Summit brings together innovators from all industries and stages of development to connect technology, regionally-based innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems throughout Florida.

Get connected, explore opportunities and be inspired.

Defense Technology



AI/Machine Learning

Financial Technology

Healthcare Technology

Digital Health



3D Printing





Synapse Social

  • Celebrate innovation with food, drinks, live music and networking
  • Drink tickets included with price of admission





Plus Thousands of Attendees

Featured Speakers

Meet a few of our notable guests

Jeff Vinik

Tampa Bay Lightning Owner / SPP

    Bernard Meyerson

    Chief Innovation Officer - IBM

      James “Hondo” Geurts

      Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition

        Arnie Bellini

        CEO - ConnectWise

          Mark Coticchia

          Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer - Henry Ford Health System

            Bob Buckhorn

            Mayor of Tampa

              Lakshmi Shenoy

              CEO - Innovation Hub

                Dr. Ajay K Seth

                CEO - Bionic Miracle

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                  Can you captivate an audience? Are you an expert in your field? Do you want to contribute to the growing tech ecosystem in Florida?


                  9:00 AM
                  Summit Kickoff

                  General session with keynote speaker Jeff Vinik sharing updates since last year’s event and plans for the future.

                  Jeff Vinik

                  Full day exhibition of our generous sponsors and invited guests

                  Throughout Day
                  Breakouts & Panel Sessions

                  Interactive product demonstrations of Tampa Bay’s top innovations

                  Demos on amazing new defense innovations

                  Enjoy lunch in the arena bowl while listening to expert panels

                  Florida Funders hosted lunch for investors to hear pitches from top local entrepreneurs

                  Display of the future of one of world’s hottest technologies

                  Showcasing the future of Downtown Tampa and Water Street

                  See some of the most cutting edge products in healthcare

                  Learn more about the future of our reality

                  Don’t miss the chance to party amongst Tampa Bay’s brightest and most innovative in the renowned “Thunder Alley”

                  Throughout Day
                  Breakouts & Panel Sessions

                  General session with keynote speakers from around the country

                  Synapse platform launch and “activating” the personas to use the platform and engage in the ecosystem.

                  What is your role in the ecosystem? Join other colleagues for a working lunch as you help define it *Lunch provided

                  Hear even more from local and national leaders on the future of Tampa Bay innovation

                  These are hands on contests solving real problems for the challengers

                  *schedule subject to change

                  2018 Summit Exhibitors

                  Event Tickets

                  Early Bird registration closes at midnight on February 28.

                  Synapse Social
                  • Access to Synapse Social only
                  • Drink ticket and food tastings
                  • Access to daytime event
                  • Access to all watch all speakers
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                  Early Bird
                  • Save $100
                  • Access to entire 2-day event
                  • Ability to watch product demos and panels
                  • Access to networking reception on both days
                  • Access to watch all speakers
                  • Lunch on both days
                  • Synapse Social
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                  • All Access PLUS...
                  • Access to Synapse VIP Lounge
                  • Prime seating at events
                  • VIP area at Synapse Social
                  • Upgraded food & free drinks
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                  Student & Military
                  • Full 2-day event access
                  • Synapse Social
                  • Lunch on both days
                  • Student/work email required
                  • ID required at entrance
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                  Synapse Social

                  Connect under the stars in Thunder Alley
                  • Celebration starts at 6 PM
                  • Food, drinks and live music
                  • Drink tickets included with price of admission

                  Social Entrepreneurship

                  Be a part of helping others in need

                  As part of the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, we believe that social entrepreneurship is important to the success of any community.  With this in mind, we are proud of our partnerships with Metropolitan Ministries and their innovative catering business, Inside the Box.  Lunches served on both days of the Innovation Summit will be catered from Inside the Box, which helps to provide culinary education to families in need and those transitioning from homelessness.  All proceeds from our lunches will go directly to feeding the hungry in Tampa Bay.

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                  We have a number of unique opportunities for you to engage with the tech community through this one of a kind event!

                  Amalie Arena

                  • 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL
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                    Cesar Hernandez

                  Marriott Waterside

                  Innovation Summit attendees have access to discounted room rates at the nearby Marriott Waterside. Discounted rates are available for bookings made on or before Feb. 28, 2018.

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