The best way to get to Hawai'i in 2017 is by having your paper accepted at the International Microwave Symposium. The call for papers is now open.
Have you ever been to Hawai'i? Would you like your employer to pay for you to go there? Well then, you'd better get your paper accepted for the 2017 IEEE International Microwave Symposium. The conference and expo returns to Honolulu in 2017, having last been there in 2007. The conference organizers have issued a call for papers.
I didn't attend IMS2007, which took place in June of that year, but I did attend the 2007 IEEE EMC Symposium in July. Let's face it, everyone wants to go to Hawai'i, especially if someone else is paying to send you there, but employers will think twice about sending people because of the cost. If you submit a paper and it's accepted, you're far more likely to convince your boss (and your CFO) that you need to make the trip.
If EMC2007 is any indication, a conference in Hawai'i gets far more proposals for technical papers and presentations, but fewer attendees. The competition for papers will be fierce so get to work now. I'd say your best chance to getting your paper accepted is to write about anything 5G.
Exhibitors, however, tend to complain about having to exhibit in Hawai'i. Booths tend to be smaller than if the symposium were held on the mainland because of higher shipping costs. Exhibitors also tend to send fewer people to staff their booths so the competition there will be fierce, too. It's time to begin convincing management why your presence in the booth is essential.
As conferences and shows approach, I tend to get calls and e-mails for appointments. In 2007, I had set up an appointment with an exhibitor whose trip was cancelled at the last minute due to the cost.
I asked my chief editor several times to confirm my attendance at EMC2007. That's because I was planning to bring my family and needed to know which weeks my daughter would not attend summer camp. Had I learned later that I was not going, she would have had to stay home for those two weeks because her spot would have been taken. That won't be an issue in 2017. So, plan now and keep checking that you're going, especially if you're buying airline tickets for your family as I did ten years ago.
If you do manage to attend IMS2017, you'll likely stay in Hawai'i before or after the conference, and why not? The islands are beautiful. We left a week before EMC2007, visiting Maui and the Island of Hawai'i (the big island). After the conference, we spent two additional days on Oahu. We climbed Diamond Head and snorkeled in Hanauma Bay and off a boat on Maui. You should visit a pineapple plantation and get some pineapple ice cream. Don't forget to visit Pearl Harbor.
Hanauma Bay in 2007. Great snorkeling right off the beach. You don't even need a snorkel, just walk into the bay.
Submit your technical paper, plan a workshop, or appear on a panel at IMS2017. You want to go to Hawai'i.