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 3890 - 2013 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) 

3890 - 2013 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) 

Theme

"Strengthening the SOF Bond"

Event Number
3890

Event Date

5/14/2013
 to 5/16/2013

Event Location
Tampa Convention Center

Event Contact
Refer to Contact Info /Inquiries/Questions tab

Introduction

To get a preview of what's in store, view the below YouTube videos from 2011 and 2012 SOFIC!
Conference & Exhibition
Exhibit Hall Time Lapse

2013 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) will be held on May 14-16, 2013 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL. This year’s conference theme, “Strengthening the SOF Bond,” will provide a forum for military, government, academia, and industry stakeholders to network and discuss current and future challenges and how to best support our Special Operations Forces (SOF) in four key areas: Preservation of the Force and Families, Human Domain, Support of the Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs), and Innovation.

  • Hear USSOCOM Commander and Acquisition Executive discuss their perspectives on SOF’s current challenges, priorities, trends, and interests

  • Acquire enhanced knowledge, understanding, and awareness of key acquisition, requirements, operations, and technology issues in the context of SOF’s current missions from USSOCOM Component and Theater Commanders

  • Gain insight into the best ways to support our Special Operations Forces (SOF) in four key areas: Preservation of the Force and Families, Human Domain, Support of the Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs), and Innovation

  • Engagement Opportunities:
    • USSOCOM Senior Leader Panels
    • Business Opportunities Session
    • PEO Concurrent Sessions

Agenda

Download/Print/View the current Agenda. (As of 5/8/13)

Mobile Offering

(Sponsored by L-3 Communications)
Make the most of your time at 2013 SOFIC and come with your plan in hand. 2013 SOFIC is MOBILE and can be accessed on any smartphone! Save your favorite Sessions to your personal itinerary; access Exhibitor information and floor plan; email Exhibitors directly and access their websites; and more! To save your personal itinerary:
- Go to http://www.ChirpE.com/2013SOFIC on your mobile device
- Click the LOGIN button at the bottom of the page
- Click on NEW USER. Enter your name, email address and a password of your choosing
- Select 2013 SOFIC from the events listing

Agenda At-A-Glance

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Registration Open

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Registration Open
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Exhibitor Setup

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013
5:50 AM - 6:45 AM, Health & Fitness
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM, Registration Open
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Business Opportunities Session
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Opening General Session
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Networking Reception

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013
5:50 AM - 6:45 AM, Health & Fitness
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Registration Open
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM, USSOCOM Component Commander Panel
10:15 AM - 2:30 PM, Concurrent Sessions
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Senior Industry Executive Forum (Details Below)
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, USSOCOM Senior Enlisted Advisors Panel
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Gala Reception, Dinner & Awards Presentation

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013
5:50 AM - 6:45 AM, Health & Fitness
8:00 AM - 2:10 PM, Registration Open
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM, Concurrent Sessions
1:00 PM - 2:10 PM, SORDAC Awards Presentation

Senior Industry Executive Forum - CLOSED

Pre-approved industry CEOs, COOs, and Presidents are invited to participate in a Senior Industry Executive Forum during 2013 SOFIC, to occur on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM at the Tampa Convention Center, Rooms 13-14. 

U.S. Special Operations Commander, ADM William H. McRaven, USN; Acquisition Executive, Mr. James Cluck; and the U.S. Special Operations Forces Component Commanders will discuss with industry leaders on how USSOCOM and industry can collaborate more closely to provide Special Operations Forces around the world with the capabilities and support they need. Participation is by invitation only, and advanced registration is required. Please direct all Forum inquiries to Mrs. Christy J. Mason, CMP, Director, Operations, at cmason@ndia.org or (703) 247-2586.

Location

Conference & Exhibition:
Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 274-8511

Gala Reception & Dinner:
Marriott Waterside Hotel
Grand Ballroom
700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 221-4900

Lodging - SOLD OUT

Room blocks at the below area hotels are now sold out.

Please note: Third party companies have not been contracted by NDIA to assist you in booking your reservation. The only way to make your reservation is by directly phoning your hotel of choice. Please contact Ms. Pat Sutherland, Manager, at psutherland@ndia.org or (386) 626-5061 if you have been approached by a third party company.

Crown Plaza Westshore
5303 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 289-1950

Embassy Suites Hotel
513 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 769-8300

Hilton Tampa Downtown
(formerly Hyatt Regency Tampa)
211 North Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 204-3000

Marriott Waterside Hotel
700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 221-4900

Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel
200 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 223-2222

Tampa Marriott Westshore
1001 N. Westshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 287-2555

Westin Harbour Island Hotel
725 South Harbour Island Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-5000

Registration **Please Read Carefully**


QUESTIONS
Please direct all registration inquiries to Showcare Event Solutions:
EMAIL: SOFIC@Showcare.com 
PHONE: (514) 380-9375 or (866) 654-0917
Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM, EST.

Registration Fees

              Late               

(5/4/13 On)

Government/Academia
(Includes Conference, Business Opps. Session, Exhibit Hall, Breakfasts, Tues. Reception)

$450

Industry NDIA Member and
Affiliates (AFEI, NTSA, PSA, WID)
(Includes Conference, Business Opps. Session, Exhibit Hall, Breakfasts, Tues. Reception)

$565

Industry Non-NDIA Member (Includes Conference, Business Opps. Session, Exhibit Hall, Breakfasts, Tues. Reception)

$655

Tuesday ONLY
(Includes all Tues. Sessions, Exhibit Hall, Breakfast, Tues. Reception)

$170

Exhibit Hall ONLY
(Includes Exhibit Hall, Tues. Reception)

$100

*The Gala is currently SOLD OUT.

HQ USSOCOM
HQ USSOCOM Personnel (includes all HQ Military, Govt. Civilians, and Contractor Support), USSOCOM Component Command/TSOC Military and Govt. Civilians will be issued a USSOCOM SOFIC badge onsite at the USSOSOM registration booth, located on the First Floor, Tampa Convention Center. Proper ID reflecting USSOCOM affiliation must be shown to obtain the badge. There is no need to pre-register for this badge. Questions for USSOCOM personnel may be sent to the SOFIC Info-line at SOFIC@socom.mil.

COMPLIMENTARY VISITOR BADGE TO EXHIBIT HALL
A complimentary VISITOR badge for access to the EXHIBIT HALL ONLY will be available onsite at the VISITOR registration booth, located just outside of the main Exhibit Hall entrance, Tampa Convention Center. VISITOR badges are limited to Active Duty, Law Enforcement, First Responder (EMT, Fire, Rescue, etc.), and Government Agency (CIA, FBI, HLS, DEA, etc.) employees. Contractors are not eligible for this complimentary badge, but may register for the Exhibit Hall Only badge (see rate structure above). Valid picture ID must be presented onsite in order to obtain the VISITOR badge. Please note: This badge does not allow conference or Tuesday Reception access. Please register for a full conference category should you wish to attend any portion of the conference (see rate structure above).

PRESS
Please direct all Press inquiries to Mr. Dino Pignotti, VP, Advertising, at dpignotti@ndia.org or (703) 247-2541.

ID BADGE
As you are registering for 2013 SOFIC, you may opt to have your paper conference ID badge with barcode mailed to you prior to the event for faster onsite Registration check-in, or you may pick it up at the event. You will be issued a colored badge holder at onsite Registration check-in, allowing access to the events for which you have registered. Badge holders will only be available for pick up onsite and must be worn at all conference functions. Please note: If you have only purchased a Gala ticket, you will not be issued a badge and will simply need to present your ticket upon entry at the Gala Reception & Dinner.

NOTES
Payment must be made at the time of registration, and registrations will not be taken over the phone.  Please be sure to register with the correct form of payment.  A $25 fee will be applied to those wishing to switch forms of payment.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellations and substitution requests must be made in writing, via email to: SOFIC@Showcare.com. Cancellations for full conference registration categories received by May 3, 2013 will receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations received after May 3, 2013.  Substitutions for this event are welcome in lieu of cancellations.  Please note: This policy does not apply to exhibit booth cancellations.

Exhibits

New This Year – Virtual Exhibit Space
Take advantage of this exciting opportunity for your company to participate in 2013 SOFIC by becoming a “Virtual Exhibitor.” Please visit the exhibits website for information.

Exhibit booth space is currently sold out. Please direct waiting list inquiries to Ms. Tinia Allen, Exhibits Manager, at tallen@ndia.org or (229) 269-9902.

EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION
For each 10’x10’ exhibit space that your organization occupies at 2013 SOFIC, your organization will be entitled to 2 complimentary full conference registrations (booth personnel). Any additional personnel must register and pay at Attendee rates. All confirmed exhibiting organizations will be sent an email from Showcare Event Solutions with instructions to register booth personnel online. This email will contain a personalized link directing you to the Exhibitor Online Form. In order to receive the registration link, your organization must have its booth space confirmed with NDIA. For information regarding exhibitor registration, please email Ms. Allison Hitchner, CEM, CMP, Associate Director, Exhibits, at ahitchner@ndia.org.

EXHIBIT HALL ACCESS
Must be at least 16 years old to enter the Exhibit Hall.

Attendee Information

ATTIRE
Appropriate dress for this conference is business casual for civilians and class B uniform or uniform of the day for military personnel.

GALA DINNER ATTIRE
Civilian: Black Tie/Formal
Army: Mess Dress or Dress Blue
Navy: Dinner Dress White Jacket
Air Force: Mess Dress
Marine Corps: Mess Dress

SPECIAL NEEDS
NDIA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Meredith (Geary) Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, at mhawley@ndia.org or (703) 247-9476 and reference Event #3890. 

ADVERTISING AND MEDIA/PRESS
Advertise at SOFIC to increase your organization’s exposure and reach a distinct target audience composed of decision-makers in the defense marketplace.  For more information, please contact Mr. Dino Pignotti, VP, Advertising, at dpignotti@ndia.org or (703) 247-2541.

Sponsorship Information

 

Gold and Mobile App Sponsor:


      L-3



Silver Sponsor:

      Lockheed Martin



Bronze Sponsor:

      iDirect Government Technologies



 

   Palantir

 

 

Patriot Sponsors:


     FLOUR


       iRobot



     Textron Systems



      Thales Communications, Inc.
 


      USGIF



Gala Dinner Top Sponsor:

 

 Northrop Grumman

 

Gala Reception Sponsor:

 

       CACI

 

Wi-Fi and Charging Station Sponsor:

          Millennium Sensor, LLC



Tote Bag Sponsor:

       General Dynamics




SOFIC Warrior Chip Sponsor:

    

      Warrior Chip

Please visit the exhibits website for information. Please direct inquiries to Ms. Allison Hitchner, CEM, CMP, Associate Director, Exhibits, at ahitchner@ndia.org or (703) 247-2573.

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

CONFERENCE
Mrs. Meredith (Geary) Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, mhawley@ndia.org or (703) 247-9476

SENIOR INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE FORUM
Mrs. Christy J. Mason, CMP, Director, Operations, cmason@ndia.org or (703) 247-2586

EXHIBITS & SPONSORSHIPS
Ms. Luellen Hoffman, Director, Exhibits, lhoffman@ndia.org or (703) 247-9460
Ms. Allison Hitchner, CEM, CMP, Associate Director, Exhibits, ahitchner@ndia.org or (703) 247-2573
Ms. Tinia Allen, Exhibits Manager, tallen@ndia.org or (229) 269-9902

LODGING
Ms. Pat Sutherland, Manager, psutherland@ndia.org or (386) 626-5061

ADVERTISING AND MEDIA/PRESS
Mr. Dino Pignotti, VP, Advertising, dpignotti@ndia.org or (703) 247-2541

 

Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense