This year, in partnership with Synapse, we’re hosting an Industry Showcase Exhibitor Challenge at ROBOTICON on October 12 & 13. The goal of the Industry Showcase is to get participating students as well as event guests, excited about the real world applications and career possibilities of the science, technology, engineering, manufacturing and related knowledge and skills students are exercising in the course of their competitive robotics seasons.

To that end, we challenge Industry Showcase exhibitors at ROBOTICON 2019 to make the most interesting, interactive and exciting exhibits they possibly can, to tell the story of why students might want to have a career or learn the skills necessary to be successful in their company. Exhibits will be judged by students, Synapse and FCDI board members.

Inspire Students, Win Great Prizes!

 1st Prize: ROBOTICON Industry Showcase Champion: The exhibit earning the most accolades from students, Synapse and FCDI will be awarded free booth space at the Synapse Summit, to be held at Amalie Arena February 11-12, a $1595 value.
 2nd Prize: The 2nd place Student’s Choice Award will receive two tickets to the Synapse Summit, valued at $299 each.

Challenge Criteria

Make it Awesome!  For award consideration, exhibitors will be evaluated on:

  • Degree of Interactivity
  • Educational Content
  • Clarity of Career Opportunities
  • Relevant take-aways for students (meaningful swag and other materials)
  • Quality of demos
  • Overall attractiveness of exhibit

Register as an Exhibitor Today!


ROBOTICON annually draws over 4000 participants and is free and open to the public. Exhibitors will be able to connect with potential skilled young employees and clients throughout the two day event, raising awareness and interest in your brand in an innovative tech community. Exhibitor rates start at $500 and include exhibitor table and chairs, and listing on program and website, with increasing levels of recognition available. Want to do more? Check our Sponsorship package to see other ways to support ROBOTICON and be involved in the Smartest Show on Earth!

About Synapse

Synapse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that connects entrepreneurs, talent, investors, corporations, educational institutions, and other stakeholders to accelerate success in Florida’s thriving economies. Learn more at

About FCDI

The Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) is a nonprofit fit organization dedicated to supporting academic achievement, economic development and the spirit of innovation through active learning projects and programs.  FCDI is the founder and developer of the Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) Fab Lab, hosts ROBOTICON Tampa Bay, an annual youth STEAM Showcase event and Gulf Coast MakerCon, Tampa’s original Maker Festival, and facilitates fiscal sponsorship of competitive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing/Math) K-12 teams. Learn more at .