Competition/Deliverables/Promotion Video

Project Promotion Videos Due

Deadline: September 25, 11:59AM EDT / 11:59 EDT

Please be sure to read through the project promotion video requirements listed below! Please note that the video deadlines should be submitted by 11:59AM EDT (midday). More information about video submission methods will be coming soon.

New in 2020, all iGEM teams will create a Project Promotion Video. This video should be an introductory trailer to your project: the problem you are addressing, your solution, and its impact. It is your project's pitch.

Teams should creatively address promotion of their project through this new format. Its purpose is to engage a broad audience and showcase a summary of your work. The style and content of your video is up to you.

We want to reward the art of video making and your efforts in this area. The videos will be judged by a group of specialized video-judges and popular votes from the iGEM community.


Technical requirements

  1. Length: The total length of the video should not exceed 2 minutes.
  2. Format: Video file format should be .MP4
  3. Resolution: Full HD: 1920 x 1080 (1080p) or higher (4K: 3840 × 2160).
  4. Aspect ratio: 16:9, landscape orientation.

Content requirements

  1. Intro: iGEM will provide a short intro sequence for your video. This will be 3-seconds long. You should insert this sequence at the beginning of your video. It will be available for download soon.
  2. Credits: Everyone who contributed to the video should be attributed at the end by short 2 seconds text. If you collaborated with someone outside of your team, it is mandatory to provide attributions for them too.
  3. Copyrighted Material is NOT allowed: Use materials that are appropriately licensed for reuse, such as open-source code or Creative Commons licensed. You should use royalty-free music, or music licensed for your team to use. Copyrighted images and other materials are not allowed.
  4. Consent: You should get informed consent for the appearance of people in your video. If there are minors, below 18, appearing in your video - you are required to get parental consent. Please look into Safety Policies on interviews here as well as VRT resources for forms: here .
  5. Rules of Conduct: Your video should be compliant with iGEM’s values and iGEM Rules of Conduct. The iGEM Foundation strictly prohibits harassment of any kind. Harassment can be verbal or nonverbal and includes offensive comments, distribution, display, or discussion of offensive material. No country flags are allowed to be displayed in your videos - iGEM is an international competition and we do not want to have any country emphasized over another

Subtitles, narration & text:

  1. Subtitles: Please submit subtitles of your video as a .txt file (Timed text format, see example). Do not include the subtitles directly in the editing of the video. The subtitles must be in English, but we also encourage teams to translate them to other languages.
  2. Multilingual Narration: If your video has narration, we encourage also recording the audio in your native language (if it is not English) or in other languages your team speaks. While not much extra work, this will benefit you in reaching out to your local communities.
  3. Description: Please write a short description of 50-75 words. More information on the submission of videos and description will be available soon.


Questions to consider

What is the problem you want to solve?
How do you want to communicate this problem to a broad audience?
What is your solution?
How does it affect the world?
What is the impact of your solution?
How does this video engage or encourage the viewers to see your presentation and/or wiki?

The video should be a creative effort by your team.

You can collaborate with people and companies outside of your team and outsource some of the work, but the ideas and the efforts to make the video should be primarily yours.

Audio is important!

Pay attention to your audio recording. Check out our “Video Technology Hub’’ for more tips on planning, filming, editing as well as equipment recommendations:


You can find some inspiration for the promo video below. These are only a few of the many videos iGEM teams make every year. Keep in mind that these videos do not necessarily meet the guidelines for 2020. You should still follow the set of guidelines noted above.

iGEM Teams 2019:

Stockholm: Esther (Vimeo) (Wiki Video Link)
NCKU Tainan: Oh My Gut (YouTube) (Wiki Video Link)
Wageningen: Xylencer (YouTube)
Groningen: Biological QR Code / QRoningen (YouTube)
UCopenhagen: Ovulaid (YouTube)

iGEM Teams 2018:

ETH Zurich: Aroma (YouTube) (Wiki Video Link)
IQS Barcelona: Celiac Disease (YouTube)
EPFL: CAPOEIRA (YouTube)(Wiki Video Link)

iGEM Teams 2017:

Bonn: Molecular Mouthwash (YouTube)
Stockholm: Genetically engineered spider web for healing chronic wounds (YouTube)
British Columbia: aGROW (YouTube) (Wiki Video Link)
Tel Hai: Triple C Therapy (YouTube)

We are aware that YouTube is not accessible in China and are actively working on also providing past examples from other platforms.