Giant Jamboree

iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree

November 14-22, 2020

We are excited to announce the dates for the iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree! Even though we can’t come together at one big in-person event this year, the virtual format brings some exciting opportunities to celebrate iGEM at a scale never before experienced.

Nine -- yes 9! -- full days to gather for Competition, Community, Contribution, and Celebration.


November 14-16

The first three days will focus on the Competition and the judging activities for iGEM 2020 teams. Teams will interact with their judges, present in virtual poster sessions, and attend workshops and social events. Teams must be registered by September 30 to secure a presentation session at the Virtual Giant Jamboree.


November 17-20

The weekdays will focus on the synthetic biology community, including iGEM Teams, Startups, Alumni, Ambassadors, and Sponsors. Everyone in our community is invited to host and attend workshops, meetups, and other fun activities. Events can take place across any time zone!


November 21

Join us as we explore the role of synthetic biology and iGEM in the wider world and how you can contribute to solving some of the great challenges of our times. Participate in challenge-based workshops and hackathons focused on big topics, including climate action, policy, and biosecurity.


November 22

Every day of the Jamboree is a celebration, but November 22 will top off the whole event. This will include highlighting the achievements from the hackathons, addressing the community at the Closing Ceremony, and rewarding teams in the Awards Ceremony.

Team Registration

To participate in the Virtual Giant Jamboree, teams must submit their Virtual Giant Jamboree fee. To adapt to the virtual format, this year the fee is submitted on a per team basis, rather than per attendee basis. Regular registration for the Virtual Giant Jamboree ends on September 30 at 11:59PM EDT! Each team must be registered by this date in order to ensure you have a presentation session at the Virtual Giant Jamboree. Learn more:

The iGEM 2020 Giant Jamboree is going virtual!

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for iGEM this year. Global travel and large meetings are a major risk factor to spreading COVID-19. To prioritize the health and safety of our community, we will host the Giant Jamboree virtually this year.

Team Presentation Videos

In lieu of a live presentation, teams will submit 20-minute presentation videos ahead of the Jamboree. Videos can be viewed at any time during the Jamboree event. Learn more about the Video Presentations

Live Poster Sessions

Poster sessions will be Q&A time for teams to interact directly with your judges! Present your poster to your judges and peers during your team's live poster session.

Opening and Awards Ceremonies

Get together with your neighboring teams for a watch party of the exciting opening and closing ceremony live streams!


Attend workshops to build your skills, learn more about synthetic biology, and connect with iGEM's Committees and Partners in a small-group setting.

Social Events and Networking

Join some unique social and networking events to meet your peers from around the world.


Registration will now be on a per team basis, rather than a per attendee basis. Registration for teams is now open! Giant_Jamboree/Register

More information will be available soon. Stay tuned.

Relive the 2019 Giant Jamboree!

Want to know what happened in 2019? Take a look at last year's amazing projects by clicking on the links below.

Invest in the future

Support students who are defining the field of synthetic biology.

Be among leaders: Attracting more than 3,500 synthetic biologists annually, attendees include university students, high school students, industry professionals and faculty from over 40 countries.

Identify trends and innovative ideas: The showcase of projects from over 350 teams has a proven track record of identifying industry trends and spawning powerhouse startups and ideas.

Meet with the talent pool of the industry; With the brightest minds from over 300 institutions in attendance, the iGEM competition serves as a springboard for careers in synthetic biology. Be a Career Fair Exhibitor.

iGEM 2020 Sponsors