international Genetically Engineered Machine competition
iGEM started in 2003 as a summer research program at the MIT in Boston. After going international in 2005, the event grew huge with over 350 teams participating in 2019.
"What I cannot build, I cannot understand." - Richard Feynman
In iGEM, teams try to tackle real world issues with their project by engineering biological systems to provide solutions to real problems. Along the way they gain a deeper understanding of how biological systems work and how they can improve our everyday lives.
iGEM is not just about the lab though, an important part of iGEM is also interacting with communities, collaborating with other teams and developing and adapting your project with many outside inputs.
At the end of the competition the teams come together at the Giant Jamboree to present their project and meet the other teams. For 2021 it is still unclear whether an in-person meetup will be possible.
For more information about iGEM go to the official iGEM website