Event FAQs

Will IMS2021 be held in-person and/or virtually?

Both! IMS2021 will take place as an in-person event in Atlanta, Georgia during the week of June 6th and as a virtual event two weeks later, starting on 20 June and remaining available for on-demand viewing through 2 July.

The event at the Georgia World Convention Center will include live, in-person sessions, a welcome reception, plenary keynotes, an exhibition featuring hundreds of companies, MicroApps sessions, RFIC sessions, ARFTG, and more.

The virtual component will feature a full schedule of technical presentations, workshops, MicroApps sessions, RFIC and ARFTG sessions along with the 3MT (Three Minute Thesis), technical lectures and the exhibition.

Will speakers be required to participate in person?

Speakers will be given the option to present in person or virtually in a live or pre-recorded format. Speakers participating virtually must provide their presentation video by the deadline. Speakers will be required to register for IMS2021.

Why is MTT-S planning an in-person meeting?

IMS is planning a hybrid meeting with BOTH in-person and virtual options. The in-person event will provide a much-needed opportunity for the high frequency electronics industry to experience the excitement and camaraderie that only an in-person event can provide for networking and collaboration. The virtual event will provide colleagues who are unable to make it to Atlanta the opportunity to keep abreast of the latest innovations.

IMS is actively monitoring updates and guidelines from local government and health officials to ensure that it will be safe to host an in-person event.

What are the expectations for the in-person exhibition?

You can expect to see that health and safety is a priority, and that a range of measures are in place to ensure everyone involved is able to enjoy a safe, hygienic, productive and high-quality organized event experience.

We have strong exhibitor participation, with more than 300 companies committed in over 60,000 square feet of space. Depending on the situation with international travel restrictions, you can assume a higher-than-normal percentage of North American attendees vs international and lower overall attendance.

Will there be an exhibition in the virtual event?

You can expect to see that health and safety is a priority, and that a range of measures are in place to ensure everyone involved is able to enjoy a safe, hygienic, productive and high-quality organized event experience.

We have strong exhibitor participation, with more than 200 companies committed. Depending on the situation with international travel restrictions, you can assume a higher-than-normal percentage of North American attendees vs international and lower overall attendance.

What safety measures are being put into place for IMS2021?

The health, safety and well-being of all IMS participants is our highest priority. We are working to create a healthy and safe environment that aligns with current directives and recommendations that will enable attendees to make informed and safe decisions regarding their attendance. In addition, the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in Atlanta was the first convention center in the U.S. to achieve GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation which recognizes the facility’s commitment to cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention.

View our Health and Safety procedures here:

Watch a video with additional information​​​​​​​ here:

What can you expect in Atlanta at the GWCC?

  • Social Distancing & Personal Contact – All attendees, exhibitors and staff will be encouraged to keep a safe distance in between each other while networking and refrain from handshakes or any form of physical contact.
  • Registration Check-In – Counters will be spaced apart to allow for more space between attendees and a clearer path to exit. Attendees will have the ability to scan their own phone for check in and print and retrieve their own badge, thus minimizing contact at check in. Registration counters and equipment will have dedicated cleaning staff and will be cleaned with disinfectant wipes continuously during the event.
  • Exhibition Floor Plan – More open space has been created by widening certain main aisles. In addition, we will have dedicated directions for traffic flow and one-way entrances and exits if needed. Networking areas have been made smaller and more numerous to encourage small, more distanced gatherings.
  • Conference Meeting Rooms – All meeting rooms will follow the requirements of the GWCC and be spaced apart accordingly to create a safe space for learning. In addition, meeting rooms will be sanitized in between every session.
  • Food & Beverage – All food and beverage items available in the GWCC will be pre-packaged and individually wrapped. There will be no buffets or open food stations. In addition, all utensils and cups will be disposable, biodegradable products. Pre-event
  • Communications – Updates to IMS’s health and safety measures will be communicated through our website, emails, and social media channels.
  • Event Signage – Clear and concise health and safety signage will be displayed throughout the event.
  • Facility Deep Clean – The facility will be required to deep cleaning prior to IMS. In addition, during the event, additional cleaning of meeting rooms, bathrooms, high-traffic areas will be scheduled every day.
  • Exhibitor Booths – As we progress towards the live event, there may be some restrictions within your booth space such as number of booth representatives. We will keep you informed as we learn more specifics from the facility.
  • Sanitizing Stations – Hand sanitizing station will be located throughout the facility. In addition, individual bottles of sanitizer will be available for all at registration check-in. We strongly recommend you keep this on your person.
  • Waste Collection – More frequent collection and disposal of waste during the event.
  • Effective cleanliness – Using only cleaning products and protocols that meet EPA guidelines and are approved for use and effective against viruses, bacteria, airborne and blood borne pathogens.
  • Face Masks – Face masks will be required during the event.
  • Enforcement – Security personnel will be onsite to ensure that all attendees abide by the regulations in place.

What are the registration rates for in-person and virtual participation?

Registration will open in March with the usual options for attending IMS, RFIC, ARFTG and the associated workshops and special sessions. The registration system will offer you the option of registering for either the in-person (live) event OR the virtual event. If you register for the in-person event, you can take advantage of the “Early Bird” and “Advanced” registration discounts. If you register for the virtual edition, you will be required to pay the non-discounted rates. You will be able to change your registration from in-person to virtual at any time but will be required to pay the difference in cost if you benefitted from an early registration discount.

Please note that if you register for the in-person event, when you pick up your badge at the GWCC, you will automatically be registered at the same level for the virtual event. This way, you can view any of the sessions that you were unable to attend in-person. The best of both!    

Will there be Wi-Fi in the convention center?

There will be basic Wi-Fi provided in the exhibit halls, intended for attendee use as well as in the conference rooms.

Additional Internet services for exhibitors can be supplied by our site vendor, CCLD Networks. They will have order forms in the exhibitor manual for both wired and wireless in booth services.

I have questions that are not addressed here. Who can help me?

Until additional information about the technical conference and exhibition is available and posted on the IMS2021 website, please contact exhibits@horizonhouse.com

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