​William Hallberg and Sebastian Gustafsson. Happy winners on Hawaii. Photo: Private

Won hardware design contest on Hawaii

William Hallberg and Sebastian Gustafsson, PhD students at the Microwave Electronics Laboratory (MEL) at MC2, won first prize in the hackathon that was held at the International Microwave Symposium Conference (IMS2017) on Hawaii the other week.

IMS is one of the world's largest conferences in microwave technology, bringing together 2,500 participants from 50 countries. A lot of travellers came from Chalmers. For six intensive days at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, 554 presentations were held, which was the highest number in the conference's 60-year history, and an exhibition of 450 companies represented, among other things. Workshops and different types of courses were other parts of the offer.

A hackathon is a programming contest where programmers are sitting and coding together for a limited time. The theme at the IMS conference was "30-minute circuits", and was hardware focused on building a useful microwave circuit in just half an hour. Sebastian Gustafsson and William Hallberg ranked in the "best isolation" category, where they managed to get the first prize - partly to their own surprise:

"The award came as a bit of a surprise for us, since there were a lot of talented RF engineers competing side-by-side. Nevertheless, we are of course very happy for the award and the whole hackathon-experience is something we will remember for a long time", says Sebastian Gustafsson.

William Hallberg comments the competition in an official clip on Youtube:
"It was a very fun challenge to do this in such a short time."

The International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is the annual conference and exhibition of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). In 2018, the conference will take place in Philadelphia, USA, on 10-15 June.

Text: Michael Nystås
Photo: Private

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Published: Tue 27 Jun 2017. Modified: Thu 26 Oct 2017