Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Location: Hawai‘i Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
Hackathon: 30-Minute Circuits is a brand-new event at IMS2017. It will be a fast-paced competition that focuses on core RF design and engineering skills. The idea is to demonstrate that complex computer-aided design (CAD) simulations and expensive test equipment are not always required to build a useful microwave circuit in a short period of time. Competitors will race to the finish to see who is the ultimate RF circuit hacker!
Twenty-four teams with a maximum of two members each will be provided with all the basic tools and parts needed to complete the design of a challenge circuit that will be announced to participants ahead of time. Specific challenge details will be given at the event; the circuits must be completed in the limited 30-minute timeframe using only the parts provided. No CAD tools are allowed; competitors will only be allowed to use calculators, the Internet, and a pencil and paper.After the 30 minutes are up, circuits will be evaluated and two winning teams will be awarded prizes. Specific details regarding testing and evaluation of the circuits will be announced at the event. Everyone is encouraged to attend!
The IMS2017 Hackathon circuit will be a Microstrip Power Divider! We encourage participants to read up on the different ways this can be done. Microwaves 101 has some great write-ups and should serve as a fantastic starting off point.
Check back as more details are made available!