World Championship Jamboree/Handbook


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The iGEM 2011 World Championship Jamboree will take place on November 5th to November 7th, 2011 at MIT in Cambridge, MA.


World Championship Registration

Registration for the iGEM 2011 World Championship Jamboree is due on October 28th! A Jamboree attendance fee of $225.00 USD is required for each undergraduate or high school student and $425.00 USD for all instructors, grad students, advisors, and other attendees. Registration after October 28 will increase $50.00. Head to the registration page to find out more details.

Project Abstract and Title

Teams were asked to submit an abstract of 100-150 words along with their project's title (maximum 15 words) prior to the Regional Jamborees. These abstracts will be used in the World Jamboree program, which provides a guide to the different topics that iGEM teams will be presenting. If you have made any changes to your project abstract or title you will need to resubmit it to iGEM HQ (hq (at) igem . org) before October 28th. Please see the project abstract page for more details.


Project: Each iGEM team's project should be documented on the iGEM 2011 wiki with enough detail to replicate it independently. Additional information about the team - their story, the rationale for the project, failures, successes, future work, etc. - is highly encouraged. Well-documented iGEM wikis and part pages will provide an incredibly valuable source of inspiration and resources for future teams.

Don't forget about your project's Data Page and be sure to include any work that you have completed since the Regional Jamboree. The wikis will freeze, allowing no further changes, on October 28th. Judges will be viewing your wikis prior to the Jamboree, so make sure they follow the requirements and that your project is well documented.

Parts: iGEM requirements also state that all teams must properly document their parts on the Registry. The judging committee also decides what is considered proper part documentation so please see the Judging page for details. Remember, 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.

Wiki Freeze

iGEM 2011 team wikis will be frozen on October 28 at 11:59 EDT. Be sure that your wikis are up to date by this deadline as no further changes can be made. This is a particularly important deadline if your team has continued work on your project since the Regional Jamborees. Don't wait till the last minute!

The wiki freeze will not affect the [] Registry. See the wiki freeze page for more details.

DNA Submissions

If you have any parts the you were not able to send before the Regional deadline, you can submit them for the World Championship Jamboree. Your new submissions will be considered by the World Championship judges, in addition to your parts submitted for the Regional Jamborees, as long as they are received before the October 28 deadline. In addition to submitting your parts, you must also declare which of them are "favorites."

Please note that sending in additional parts is not a requirement. As always please be sure to add and document your parts on the Registry, and send them in pSB1C3! See the DNA submission requirements for more information about the DNA submission process.

Poster Requirements

There will be an official poster reception at the World Championship Jamboree held on Saturday, November 5th. Locations will be assigned at random prior to your arrival at the Jamboree. You will be required to put up your poster by 9am on Saturday. Posters shall be NO LARGER than 48 inches by 48 inches (1.22m x 1.22m) and each team may only put up ONE poster. There will be an informal poster session on Sunday as well, so please be ready to put up your posters again! For details on poster judging see the judging page.

Note: iGEM HQ is not responsible for providing any supplemental materials (power outlets, extension cords, tables, etc.) beyond the poster boards and push pins.

iGEM HQ will be asking for a copy of your poster in pdf format for our files. An iGEM volunteer will collect the pdf version of your poster at the beginning of your scheduled presentation session.

Presentation Requirements

Each registered iGEM team is to make a 20-minute presentation, followed by 5 minutes of questions/answer session. A laptop will NOT be provided to your team -- please make sure you bring your own laptop from which to display your presentation as well as any necessary accessories to connect the laptop to a projector cable.

iGEM HQ will also be asking for a copy of your presentation in pdf format for our files. An iGEM volunteer will collect the pdf version of your presentation at the beginning of your scheduled presentation session.

General Release Form

The 2011 iGEM World Championship Jamboree will be a multimedia event: in addition to the team presentation videos that will be uploaded online, we will also be uploading photos and videos from the entire event so others can get an idea of what iGEM and the Jamboree is like. In order to comply with the law, every person attending the World Championship Jamboree must fill out this general release form. All participants attending the Jamboree must print, fill out, and bring a general release form with you to the Jamboree. When teams check-in during the Jamboree, they will need to have their general release forms ready.

Go to the Release form page for an online and pdf version of the form.


iGEM does not provide travel or housing for any iGEM members. Participants are required to make their own travel and lodging arrangements. However, we have arranged for iGEM room blocks with special pricing at nearby hotels. All iGEM Block rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so it is recommended that you make your reservations early.


Guests, family, and friends are welcome to come to the World Championship Jamboree. Each must register and pay the [Jamboree attendance fee. There will be registration on site for last minute attendees but note that there is a $50 fee increase after October 28th.

As space is limited in presentation rooms and at the awards ceremony, preference will be given to iGEM team members. Extra seating will be available on a space available basis. Payment of the Jamboree attendance fee does not guarantee a seat in presentation rooms or at the awards ceremony.


There will be many opportunities to volunteer at the Jamboree. We would especially like to encourage past iGEM participants (iGEM alums) to volunteer to help during the Jamboree. Head to the Volunteer page to find out more information.