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
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