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  •       What do I get with a VIP ticket?

o   Your VIP ticket comes with lots of perks!  

  • Access to the exclusive VIP pre party at the Tampa River Center at Julian B. Lane Park sponsored by Skyway Capital Markets  
  • Rapid registration access
  • Lunch, snacks, drinks sponsored by Omnivore 
  • Access to a barista for high-end coffee, sponsored by Skyway Capital Markets
  • Access to the VIP lounge sponsored by Florida Funders 
  • VIP only programming
  •       What happens at the VIP pre party?

o   We are excited to partner with Skyway Capital Markets for an exclusive VIP event.  Join us from 6:30-9pm on Wednesday, February 16th at the Tampa River Center at Julian B. Lane Park for cocktails, appetizers, and networking with VIPs from around the state.  Please RSVP as space is limited.

  •       Where is the VIP Lounge?

o   The VIP lounge sponsored by Florida Funders will be situated on the ice-level at Amalie Arena, bringing you closest to the immersive exhibits, digital experiences, and main stage.

  •       Where do I go to register for the Synapse Summit?

o   You can pick up your badge at the VIP Party on Wednesday night February 16th

For onsite badge pick up at the Amalie Arena box office be sure to look for the VIP registration window. 

  •       Where do I get food and snacks?

o   VIP lunches, snacks, and drinks, sponsored by Omnivore, will be served in the Florida Funders VIP Lounge.

  •       Where do I get the upgraded coffee?

o   A VIP coffee barista will be accessible at the Skyway Capital Markets exhibit located on the ice level.


Where can I find the full schedule?

Synapse Summit 2022 Agenda

Download the Bizzabo Event App for Synapse Summit

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Will lunch be served?

General Attendees Amalie Arena’s open design kitchens are available to purchase lunch. Havana Nights, Dog Gone-it, Snack Shack and Grab and Go will be open between Sections 110-114 on Level 3

*Vegan options are available at each lunch pick up location VIPs – Lunch will be available in the VIP Lounge located on the 1st Floor Ice Level.

Exhibitors – Lunch will be available at the Rum Fish Grill on Level 3.

VIP & Exhibitor lunches are sponsored by Omnivore, innovating in restaurant technology. Lunches are catered by Inside the Box catering, a social enterprise of Metropolitan Ministries which provides culinary arts education and hands-on vocational training to men and women transitioning out of homelessness.

I am speaking and do not know where to go

Email Speakers@SynapseFL.com or visit the Speaker Lounge in the RSM Loft located on the 4th Floor, Club Level

How do I get to Amalie Arena?

We strongly encourage using your favorite ride sharing service, the free TECO Streetcar which stops right at Amalie Arena, or you can book a ride with Downtowner via their website, http://ridedowntowner.com

Parking for Synapse Summit Tampa

Do I need to RSVP for individual sessions?

No – your General Admission Summit pass allows you entry to all regularly scheduled programming. For VIP exclusive sessions, a VIP pass is required.

Is there coffee and water available?

Yes. Synapse Summit attendees will have water and coffee available to them for free throughout the arena as well as refillable water bottles thanks to our incredible sponsor Skyway Capital Markets! VIPs are invited to visit the coffee barista located at the Skyway Capital Markets exhibit on the Ice Level of the Arena.

What are the benefits of a VIP ticket?

Your VIP ticket comes with lots of perks! Access to the exclusive VIP pre party at the Tampa River Center at Julian B. Lane Park sponsored by Skyway Capital Markets Rapid registration access Lunch, snacks, drinks sponsored by Omnivore Access to a barista for high-end coffee, sponsored by Skyway Capital Markets Access to the VIP lounge sponsored by Florida Funders VIP only programming To upgrade to a VIP ticket, please purchase a new ticket and send an email to info@synapsefl.com to cancel your current GA ticket.

What is Synapse?

Synapse is a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for Florida innovators to make meaningful connections. Our HQ is in Tampa but we’re state wide! Learn more about us at www.synapsefl.com


I’m an exhibitor. When can I set up?

Load-in will take place on Wednesday, Feb 16th from 2-6pm. Exhibitors will be given a temporary pass to unload their vehicles at the arena loading dock but then will have to move their vehicles to the nearby garage. They can return to the arena through the premium entry.


What time can I get into the arena on the day of the event?

The doors open for exhibitors at 7am. Attendees can enter the arena at 8am.

When do exhibitors need to break down their exhibits?

The exhibit hall is open until 5pm. All exhibitors should plan to stay until 5pm before breaking down their exhibits and departing.


Thank you for your support of the Synapse Summit taking place February 17th, 2022 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. We are looking forward to seeing you there, hearing your stories, and celebrating Florida innovation!
This section contains important information about your exhibitor experience, so please read it in its entirety. If you are not exhibiting as part of a sponsorship, or you’re not the right person to receive this email, please reply and let us know, so we can correct.
REMINDER: This event is being held in a hockey arena and many of the areas in the arena will be cooler than what you might expect. Please dress appropriately!

GETTING YOUR TICKETS – After Invoice is paid. If you cannot locate your invoice, please email Brett@Synapsefl.com

You can register your exhibitor crew at THIS LINK or use the code EXPO22 on the registration checkout for general admission tickets. If you already registered for a ticket using a different code please let us know at exhibitor@synapsefl.com. We will make sure you get coded correctly to get access to the arena for setup and get lunch during the event.

If you need additional tickets to run your exhibit space they are available at a discounted rate of $49 using THIS LINK or use the code EXPOPLUS.

You will get your printed badge when you arrive for load-in on Feb 16.


Exhibitor Load-In

Wednesday, February 160, 2022 │ 2:00 – 6:00 pm

If you have big/heavy items and require the loading dock, you must use the Compound Lot. You may unload and park temporarily for a maximum of 30 minutes. All cars must be moved to the Pam Iorio Garage for longer term parking. Walk from the garage to the Premium Entrance at the front of the arena and a volunteer will direct you. There is absolutely no unloading from your car or parking anywhere else around the arena.

If you can hand carry or roll your items, you must park at the Pam Iorio Garage at 301 Channelside Drive and walk to to the Premium Entrance at the front of the arena.

You will be greeted by Synapse staff at the Main entrance from Thunder Alley or the Loading Dock and will be issued your event badge which will be used throughout the event. Please verify that your badge includes “Exhibitor” on it before leaving the registration area. Please safeguard this badge as reprinting incurs an additional cost.

A Synapse volunteer will be available to guide you to your exhibit space. A couple of things you should be aware of:
  • There are a limited number of hand carts available for your use. If you need a dolly or a hand cart please consider bringing your own. No hand carts will be at the Premium Entrance, only at the loading dock in the compound lot.
  • There are two cargo elevators available to get to the exhibit halls on floors 3 and 4. There can be a wait. Thank you for your patience.

Exhibit Hours – Thursday, February 17, 2020 │ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
(Exhibitors can arrive earlier at 7 AM if you wish. Doors open at 8 to attendees and expo hours officially start at 9)
Exhibitor Load-Out – Thursday, February 17, 2020 │ 5:00 pm


Your exhibit space includes a lunch provided and will be available from 11:30-1:00 on the Club Level. Your exhibitor badge will be your lunch ticket.


You are responsible for any additional services needed for your exhibit table that are not provided with your package (such as shipping, TV monitor rentals, furniture, carpeting, etc.). Requests for these services on-site the day of the event will not be accepted.


1. Power and A/V Equipment Rental. 110 Volt AC power for your exhibit space can be purchased through DCE Productions for $25. Prices go up on Feb 2nd so act soon!

Please fill out the form online here to place your order for TV monitors, laptops, and other A/V services available for rent if needed. https://www.expodce.com/show/synapse-summit-2022

2. Connecting with other attendees during the event. Please download the Bizzabo App and use the Community Feature to see who else is here and connect with them.

Any other questions? Check out our FAQ Page

Feel free to contact us at info@synapsefl.com if you have any questions. Thank you!



Breakout Speakers



Bringing the best minds, ideas, and technology together for a full day of learning, exploring and celebrating the possibilities in innovation!

Thank you for joining us as a speaker at the Synapse Summit 2022. The information below includes details that will assist you in planning for your participation.



Synapse Summit

Event Dates: Thursday, February 17,2022 

Location: Amalie Arena

401 Channelside Dr

Tampa, FL 33602


As a speaker and/or moderator for a breakout session at Synapse Summit, you are registered for a VIP Pass.

You can pick up your VIP badge at any of the following:

  1. The VIP Reception on Wednesday, February 16 from 6:30-9pm at the Tampa River Center at Julian B Lane Park (RSVP Required; Space is Limited).
  2. The VIP Line at the ReliaQuest Ticket Office located at the Amalie Arena.

Name badges will be available at registration, located at the ReliaQuest Ticket Office at the Amalie Arena. Please be sure to have a photo ID.  All speakers are automatically registered for the Summit, but must have a badge to obtain access to the Summit.  

Any staff or guests joining you must also be registered in order to receive a name badge. Please send their name, email and organization as soon as possible to Basha.Ferdinand@synapsefl.com



Upon completing your check in, please check in with our speaker coordinators at the RSM Loft on Level 4, Club Level on the 4th floor at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled session.



Lunch, catered by Inside the Box, will be available from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm.  Complimentary lunches for VIP Pass holders will be available for pick up  at any of the following stations:

  • Speaker Lounge in the RSM Loft on Level 4, Club Level
  • VIP Lounge on Level 1


Contact: Basha Ferdinand  813-541-4048 or Basha.Ferdinand@synapsefl.com

While at the Summit, if you need immediate assistance please go to the Information Help Desk on Level 3, across from section 101.


A parking pass will be issued to all speakers prior to the event as well as the location


Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the arena. Network is AmalieFreeWifi. No password is required, but a page will pop up to input your email address.


There is a great deal of interest in the Synapse Summit from local and national media outlets. Please note that all sessions should be considered on the record, as members of the media will be circulating throughout the arena throughout the Summit. 

Questions about media participation can be directed to Kelsey Sunderland with OmniPublic Media at ks@omnipublic.global or 813-220-6308


Synapse Stages
Synapse Stages 1-7 are around the perimeter of the Club Level 4 of the Arena; Synapse Stage 8 is on the 5th Floor. Synapse Stages are set to include:

  • 2 handheld wireless microphones and 1 wired microphone;
  • A 70” TV, high top table for placement of laptop and/or notes, and power access for a laptop
  • Slides are not mandatory but if you plan to show a PowerPoint or video you must bring it on a laptop with HDMI input along with an advancer/remote if you prefer.  
  • A 16:9 PowerPoint template is available you can download here via Google Drive.


As part of the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, we believe that social entrepreneurship is important to the success of any community.  Synapse believes in “doing well by doing good.” That’s why we’re proud to include these initiatives at Synapse Summit 2022:

    • Good Food Doing Good Inside the Box Catering will again provide lunches for all VIPs and exhibitors.  ITB’s Culinary Arts Program provides vocational training opportunities for men and women transitioning out of homelessness and poverty, as a social enterprise ofMetropolitan Ministries.
  • Stay hydrated! Attendees will receive reusable water bottles, courtesy of Skyway Capital Markets and hydration stations will be  located throughout the arena.  Complimentary coffee will be available on Level 1 on the Arena Floor.
  • Rideshare to Get There Reduce your carbon footprint and make a friend on your way to Synapse Summit! Please consider using your favorite ride sharing app to get to Synapse Summit at Amalie Arena.


Wednesday, February 16, 2022 (6:30 – 9:00 PM)
VIP Party – Tampa River Center, 402 W. Laurel Street.
*Early badge pick up will be available at this event


Thursday, February 17, 2022 (9:00 AM-5:30 PM)

8:00 AM – Badge Pickup and OnSite Registration Opens at the ReliaQuest Ticket Window, Amalie Arena – please use the VIP Registration Line

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Innovation Expo Open and Programming Begins

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Keynotes, Breakout Sessions, Workshops, Pitch Events & Networking Hours

5:30 PM – Synapse Summit After Party 

*schedule subject to change 

For full Summit details, please visitwww.synapsesummit.com. Be sure to download the Synapse Summit app to plan out your agenda, connect with attendees and keep track of all the events happening at Synapse Summit 2022!