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Special Events and Meetings


Back by popular demand, you won't want to miss the world-famous APEC Micromouse Competition.  The only event of its kind in North America, this competition draws contestants from all over the world.  The Micromouse Competition will take place on Monday, March 27th in the Exposition.

Social Event

Escape to Little Havana!  The APEC social event is sure to provide the perfect venue for you and your colleagues to relax, unwind and enjoy great food, entertainment, antique cars, games, and a cigar roller. Join us on Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park located a short walk from the Tampa Convention Center and APEC hotels. Visit the APEC Registration desk for a walking map to the park Limited bus transportation will also be available starting at 6:45 pm departing from the Tampa Convention Center. The event begins at 7:00 pm and food is available throughout the evening.


Sponsor Meetings

The APEC 2017 Sponsors - Power Electronics Society (PELS); Industry Applicaitons Society (IAS); and Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) will host a number of meetings throughout the week.  For the detailed schedule of sponsor meetings, click here.

Spouse & Guest Program

APEC welcomes the spouses and guest of the APEC conference to participate  in conference activities including the Plenary, Rap Sessions, the exhibit Hall receptions and the MicroMouse Contest.

This year, 2 tours will be available to APEC guests.  Tours can be purchased through the APEC registration system.  Details regarding the tours are:

Optional Tours

St. Pete Chihuly Collection and Glassblowing Demonstration - Monday, March 27th - $95 per person

  • Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the Marriott Waterside Tampa to begin the quick trip across the bay to beautiful downtown St Petersburg; an area quickly becoming an art mecca in the southeast. Today you will experience two renowned artists with artistic talents using multiple medias. Your tour will take you through town and along the beautiful waterfront to the Morean Art Chihuly Collection in its new home on Central Ave. Chihuly is credited with transforming the methods of creating glass art and thereby leading the development of complex, multi-part glass sculptures and environmental art. However, his contributions extend well beyond the boundaries of the studio glass movement and even the field of glass: his achievements have influenced contemporary art in general. After enjoying this fine collection of Chihuly you will walk across the street to the Hot Shop where you will enjoy a glass blowing demonstration. This narrated demonstration enables you to better understand the skills of this fabulous art form. 
  • Round trip transportation with a professional tour guide, all admissions, and lunch at the Parkshore Grille on Beach Drive are included

Treasures of Tampa by Water and Land - Tuesday, March 28th - $85 per person

  • Guests will begin their journey by land for a guided motor coach tour of the downtown area, across the Hillsborough River to see the Tampa landmark building, the former Tampa Bay Hotel where you'll feel as if you've been transported back into the 1980's. We'll continue on by boarding the water taxi to explore coastline of Hillsborough Bay and the Hillsborough River. Beware that it’s best to sit during this voyage as there are sometimes whales (manatees) and gators in these waters. Tampa’s bay and the river are much of the reason that Tampa sprang up along this coastline and became what it is today. Up and down this river you will see treasures from bygone eras as well as some of the newer treasures of today. Your guide will tell you of the history and point out items of interest. We will disembark and after a brief stroll past the springs (formerly Tampa’s fresh water supply) step on board our motor coach and travel quickly into Ybor City, an important link in Tampa’s history and former Cigar Capital of the World. While in Ybor City guests will hear about this former hub of the Latin community with its vibrant cigar stories. 
  • Round trip transportation with a professional tour guide, all admissions, and lunch at the famous Columbia Restaurant in Ybor are included