Welcome to iGEM 2016 Giant Jamboree!

The Giant Jamboree is just a few short weeks away. As we are busy preparing for the Giant Jamboree, we wanted to take this time to share some event updates. 

Look below for Project Reminders, Upcoming Deadlines, Event DOs and DON'Ts, Program Highlights, Jamboree Schedule and much, much more. 

Competition Updates


Have you used IDT's syntheses offer? Share your synthesis story

iGEM HQ is collecting stories about DNA synthesis and this year’s IDT offer and we would like to feature your team. Could you please tell us about your experience with the IDT free synthesis offer? 

You have most likely been contacted by a member of the HQ staff asking you to share your story. Please respond to your HQ representative or email us at hq AT igem DOT org by October 6th. We look forward to hearing from you. 


Adding Parts and Submitting Samples

Adding a part to the Registry is quick and easy, but it is just the first step. Documenting and characterizing your part is vital to its continued use by Registry users. A well documented part will be used in new composite parts, new systems, and new team projects. Learn more by visiting: http://parts.igem.org/Help:Document_Parts

In addition to adding and documenting parts, teams are also required to submit samples to the Registry. Please take a look at the requirements for part submission page here: http://parts.igem.org/Help:Submission. Part submissions must be shipped by the October 21 deadline and include a tracking number.



Project Reminders

  • Judging form: 2016.igem.org/Judging/Judging_Forms Teams indicate which awards they are competing for through a judging form. To be eligible for awards, you must edit the evaluated page for the award on your wiki and write 150 words in the corresponding section on the judging form. Deadline - October 14th (11:59 PM EDT)
  • Wiki requirements: 2016.igem.org/Requirements/Wiki 
    Remember to edit the evaluated pages on your wiki to be eligible for awards (2016.igem.org/Judging/Evaluated_Pages) and that all content must be hosted on your wiki and the registry. Any content hosted externally is not eligible to be evaluated by the judges and may disqualify your team from award eligibility. Please finish your wiki by wiki-freeze on October 19th (at 11:59 PM EDT).
  • Medal criteria: 2016.igem.org/Judging/Medals 
    You may want to take a look at the medal criteria for your track, as there are a few differences between standard and special track evaluations. Medal criteria also have corresponding evaluated pages to help the judges learn what you have done over the summer. 
  • Presentation requirements: 2016.igem.org/Requirements/Presentation 
    Remember that during your presentation, only student team members (and the student team leader) can present and answer questions. The judges will give you a two minute reminder, a one minute warning and they will stop you at 20 minutes. 
  • Poster requirements: 2016.igem.org/Requirements/Poster
    We have three poster sessions at the 2016 Jamboree. While you do not need your whole team present at your poster at all times, you must have at least one team member present to answer judge questions during the poster sessions. 
  • Judging Handbook: 2016.igem.org/Judging/Handbook
    iGEM team members are under no obligation to read the judging handbook. However, if you want to learn how judges think about awards, you may want to download a copy and read over the sections for the awards you plan to go for.

  • iGEM PLOS Collction: 2016: 2016.igem.org/Resources/PLOS_iGEM_Collection
    If your team is interested in publishing your project in the 2016 iGEM PLOS Collection or PLOS One, please see the submission guidelines and requirements. You may need to perform one or two final experiments before completing your iGEM project!


Upcoming Deadlines

While you're busy finishing up your experiments in the lab and starting work on your wikis, it's important to remember the judging deadlines and project evaluation requirements. The most important deadlines are highlighted below. Make sure to check out the iGEM Competition Calendar for the latest updates and deadlines. 

  • October 6: IDT experience and synthesis stories (optional)
  • October 7: Team Banners Due (optional)
  • October 14: Judging Forms Due
  • October 19: Wiki Freeze!
  • October 21: Part Submissions (Send by this date)
  • October 24 Team Videos Due (optional)
  • October 27: Giant Jamboree begins!

You may copy/paste this link into your browser:http://2016.igem.org/Calendar


Giant Jamboree News


Bringing Materials - the do's and don'ts

DO bring your team spirit, your enthusiasm, your passion for synthetic biology!

Do not bring any lab materials to the Jamboree. No GMOs or their products, oligos or reagents of any kind. This includes any biological material, including synthetic DNA. Learn more by visiting: http://2016.igem.org/Safety/Do_not_Release

Also note that NO balloons and NO stickers are allowed at the Hynes Convention Center. 


Show off your Team Spirit at the Jamboree!

Help decorate the Convention Center. Continuing the tradition from previous years, we will be displaying team banners and team videos at the Giant Jamboree. Use your team imagery, high resolution photos and all your creativity to showcase your team.

Submit your banner design before October 9! Find the details here: http://2016.igem.org/Giant_Jamboree/Team_Banners

Send us your videos before October 24 by emailing us at hq AT igem DOT org.


Book your Practice Session!

Practice your presentation on Thursday October 27! There are a limited number of time slots available on a first-come first-serve basis so please only choose one slot. Book your actions session here

You may copy/paste this link into your browser: http://2016.igem.org/Giant_Jamboree/Practice_Sessions


Schedule of Events

The event program is posted! Check out the schedule too see your presentation time slot. Click on the image below or visit: http://2016.igem.org/Giant_Jamboree/Schedule