FAQs

Where is the conference located? 

Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602

What are the registration deadlines?

 Early                      Until 4/12/2019
 Regular       4/13/2019 – 5/10/2019
 Late       5/11/2019 – 5/23/2019
 *No refunds for cancellations received after May 10.

 

Why do attendees have to register before booking a hotel room?

In order to avoid non-conference attendees booking hotel rooms, attendees must now register prior to making their hotel reservations.

Why is there limited availability for downtown hotels?

To ensure equal access for everyone, we have attendee and exhibitor blocks at the five main hotels. There are still rooms available, not all rooms are at downtown properties.

How do exhibitors register?

Exhibitors can access registration and housing by logging into your exhibitor portal at https://exhibits.ndia.org/sofic2019/. A single sign-on link will be available to access registration and housing.

Registration and Housing questions?

Visit the Registration and Housing pages for full details. For registration questions, please contact Experient, our official housing and registration vendor, for support between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday ET at SOFIC@experient-inc.com or 800-424-5249. International registrants, please call 847-996-5829. If you have an existing reservation, please have your Experient confirmation number available. Please note: voicemail is not available after business hours.

ADA Compliance

NDIA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For more information, please contact Trish Wildt, CMP, Associate Director, Meetings at twildt@ndia.org.

What is the conference attire?

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

Will the session proceedings be available?

The event proceedings will be available online for viewing after the conference. The link will be sent to all attendees EXCEPT Exhibit Hall Only categories.

Will bags be searched?

Yes, all bags are subject to a random search. The safety of all SOFIC registrants is of the highest importance. When entering the Tampa Convention Center, SOFIC will have security measures to ensure the safety of all conference attendees. Upon arrival, security personnel will conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of all large bags and containers.

Are firearms permitted?

No personal firearms or ammunition will be permitted at 2019 SOFIC. This includes ALL EVENTS, including in the Tampa Convention Center and off-site venues. The only firearms allowed in the Convention Center during the event must belong to Law Enforcement Officers or be on display by exhibitors whose firing pins have been removed and have been inspected. NOTE: Any person licensed by the state of Florida to carry a concealed weapon is hereby notified that they shall not carry their firearm during 2019 SOFIC.

Will there be a bag and coat check?

No, bag and coat checks are not provided.

Where is registration located?

The Mezzanine level of the Tampa Convention Center.

What are the registration hours?

 Saturday, May 18       12:00 – 5:00 pm *Exhibitor Registration
 Sunday, May 19       8:00 am – 5:00 pm 
 Monday, May 20        8:00 am – 5:00 pm 
 Tuesday, May 21       7:00 am – 6:00 pm
 Wednesday, May 22       7:00 am – 4:30 pm 
 Thursday, May 23         8:00 am – 12:00 pm
      

What are the Exhibit Hall hours?

Tuesday, May 21       9:00 am – 6:00 pm    
Wednesday, May 22       9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday, May 23       9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Visit the Exhibits page for more detailed information.

Are meals included in the registration fee?

  • Tuesday’s breakfast is and reception are included, lunch is on own
  • Wednesday’s breakfast is included, lunch is on own
  • Thursday’s breakfast is included, lunch is on own

Where can attendees go for lunch?

Take a step outside of the Franklin Street entrance and visit SOFlanding to grab a bite to eat from a variety of food trucks between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm daily.

Is parking available?

Parking is available in the TCC garage located directly adjacent to TCC and in the South Regional Garage located one block to the east of TCC. Several private parking garages and lots are located within a two to four block area. Special arrangements can be made in advance by contacting the City of Tampa Parking Department or private providers.

Can people under the age 16 years of age attend the conference?

No, only those who are 16 years or older may attend.

How do I register as Press?

Press name badges will be available for pick up onsite at the Registration Desk. Please be prepared to present a valid picture ID and press credentials. The 2019 SOFIC Press Guidelines must be reviewed and followed in order to obtain a Press badge and be allowed admittance to the conference and exhibit hall. Press badges must be worn at all times. A list of events and sessions closed to media will be in the 2019 SOFIC Press Guidelines.

Please direct all press inquiries to Evamarie Socha at esocha@ndia.org or 703-247-2579. To register as press, please contact Trish Wildt at twildt@ndia.org.

When are the Senior Industry Executive Forums (SIEFs) taking place?

Small Business
Location: Tampa Convention Center
Date: May 22, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Large Business
Location: Tampa Convention Center
Date: May 21, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Both SIEFs are now sold out. Please contact Trish Wildt at twildt@ndia.org to be added to the waitlist.

Speakers will discuss with industry leaders how USSOCOM and industry can collaborate more closely to provide Special Operations Forces around the world with the capabilities and support they need. Advanced registration is required. Only people who select the job title of President/CEO/COO will see the option to register. Registration is limited to two executive members per company. Please Note: Only full conference registrants can attend the SIEFs, Exhibit Hall Only registration does not include conference sessions. More information can be found on the SIEFs page. For questions, please contact Trish Wildt at twildt@ndia.org.

 

SCAM ALERT: NDIA does not provide an attendee list with contact information. Please beware of solicitations claiming to have a show list. These offers are not legitimate. Other than USSOCOM, NDIA does not share the SOFIC attendee list with anyone. List scams are common in the trade show industry generally. Please do not fall victim. If you receive an email or voicemail from someone claiming to have a copy of the SOFIC attendee list, we would appreciate if you would forward it to Kimberly Williams at kwilliams@ndia.org.