The annual Jamboree celebrates the culmination of the iGEM competition. All teams gather during the first weekend of November at MIT's Stata Center to share their parts and projects in competition for awards of excellence. Teams are judged based on their contribution to the community in a variety of formats:
- the documentation of their project on the iGEM 2007 wiki
- the documentation of their parts in the Registry
- the submission of their parts' DNA to the Registry
- via a conventional poster session
- and through a 20-minute presentation
One week before the Jamboree, the iGEM wiki and the Registry websites are frozen. The community spends this week participating in the judging process by evaluating teams' online contributions to the iGEM wiki and to the Registry. The judging committee uses these evaluations plus the teams' presentations and posters at the Jamboree to determine the winners of the Awards.
October 26: websites frozen
At 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, Friday, October 26, the iGEM 2007 wiki and the Registry of Standard Biological Parts will be frozen for the 2007 Jamboree. This means that they will be put into a locked state that prevents all edits. During the following week, each team's content on the frozen iGEM 2007 wiki and the Registry will be evaluated by both the iGEM community, including the judging committee, in a collaborative judging process.
Be sure your project and part documentation on the iGEM wiki and the Registry is complete before 11:59 PM EST Oct 26 (04:59 GMT Oct 27)! No exceptions will be made. More information about how the community scoring process will work will be available in the coming months.
Project Documentation on the iGEM Wiki
Description: The team's project should be documented on the iGEM 2007 wiki site with detail enough to replicate it independently. Additional presentational information about the team - their story, the rationale for the project, failures, successes, future work, etc. - is highly encouraged. Remember that these wiki pages will be the main source of inspiration for future teams, and having good documentation on them and in the part description in the registry increases the likelihood of more teams building on your project and your parts.
- deadline: the iGEM wiki freezes 04:59 GMT Oct 27
Part Documentation on the Registry
Description: Document your parts well - the success of not just iGEM, but all of synthetic biology, depends on the development of well-characterized, reliable, standardized biological parts that have been designed to be simple to use and understand. The first step is complete documentation.
- deadline: the Registry freezes 04:59 GMT Oct 27
Description: Ship your parts to the Registry. Detailed instructions are available at Jamboree/DNA Submission.
- deadline: part shipments must be postmarked by October 26, 2007
Description: Each team presents a poster describing their project at the Jamboree.
- The poster must not exceed 48 inches by 48 inches square!
- We will provide poster pins
- Please bring a PDF for the online poster archive.
- deadline: November 3 (at the Jamboree)
Description: Each team has 20 minutes to present their project followed by a 5 minute Q/A period, with a 5 minute setup period.
- Please bring a PDF for the online presentation archive.
- deadline: November 3 (at the Jamboree)
Online Judging Process
More information about how the community scoring process will work will be available in the coming months.
Teams will be separated into one of several broad categories based on the focus of their project, called tracks, to facilitate the judging process and organization of the Jamboree. The Judging committee has formed the following tracks:
- Foundational Research - basic science and engineering research
- Information Processing - genetically encoded control, logic, and memory
- Energy - biological fuels, feedstocks, and other energy projects
- Environment - sensing or remediation of environmental state
- Health & Medicine - applied projects with the goal of directly improving the human condition
Each team has been assigned to a track. If you think that you belong in a different track, please send an email to iGEM [AT] mit [dot] edu with the subject "Tracks" by Wednesday Oct 24. To see which track your team has been assigned to, click here.
- How to Become a Judge
- Bio + Pics of Judges
Be sure to be familiar with the Official Rules