Congratulations to all 5,600 participants across 42 countries who took part in the iGEM 2016 Competition.
On October 27-31, 2016, iGEM welcomed 3,000 attendees to Boston for the Giant Jamboree, an annual gathering of synthetic biologists that showcases work from the iGEM 2016 competition. This five-day event was a celebration of synthetic biology accomplishments, featuring presentations, poster sessions, workshops and social events.
This year, the breadth of iGEM projects was expansive. First time participants from the United States Naval Academy, Team USNA-Annapolis, focused on conotoxin pathology, while Team Peshawar from Pakistan worked on addressing air pollution.
The Grand Prize awards went to Team Imperial College, London (Undergraduate Section) for their work in developing a framework for engineering co-cultures, Team LMU-TUM Munich (Overgradate Section) for developing a 3D printer for tissue printing, and Team HSiTAIWAN (High School Section) for their work on screening toxins in Chinese medicine.
The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition is the main program at the iGEM Foundation. The iGEM Competition is the premiere student team competition in Synthetic Biology.
For over 10 years, iGEM has been encouraging students to work in teams and solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts called BioBricks from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Participation in the iGEM competition empowers teams to manage their own projects, advocate for their research, and secure funding. Teams are also challenged to actively consider and address the safety, security and environmental implications of their work.
The Giant Jamboree is an annual event that showcases work from the iGEM season. All iGEM teams are invited to present their synthetic biology projects and compete for prizes. This year iGEM will host over 300 international, multidisciplinary teams who are eager to share and celebrate their work. The event takes place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, USA.