In April of 1997, the University of South Florida launched a new research and teaching program with the introduction of the Wireless and Microwave Information (WAMI) Systems Laboratory and the formation of a WAMI Advisory Board.
The Conference was founded in 1999 and began as a 1 day forum to promote the WAMI program research and relevant industry technology. This one day forum was held on the campus property of USF at the Embassy Suites and was initially sponsored by the IEEE Florida West Coast Section and the IEEE MTT/AP/ED Joint Chapter. In 2001, exhibitors were added.
In 2004 the WAMI Conference grew into a multi-day international IEEE conference fully sponsored both technically and financially by IEEE MTT-S. The conference is a regional event usually held in the March/April months, usually at a beach location on the west or east coast of Florida.