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.

Schedule Teaser for the Virtual Giant Jamboree is now out!

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Host your own Jamboree Watch Party!

Submissions due: November 2, 11:59 AM EDT

Although we can’t be together at one big in-person event this year, we are still celebrating your hard work - this time, at 250 places all over the world. Are you planning to host your own Jamboree Watch Party? Tell us about it! The parties can be run completely virtually, and if it is allowed in your area, you are welcome to hold small gatherings. Please make sure that you are following social distancing and other precautions to prevent the spread of infection, and make sure that you are not breaking any rules in your area.

Submit team activities for the Community Week!

Submissions due: October 20, 11:59 AM EDT

We are aware of your incredible ideas and we would like to invite you to share this with the other teams over refreshing, creative and imaginative events during the community days. Are you interested in hosting a cultural exchange activity? Maybe you would like to share your favorite food recipes from your hometown, or give a virtual tour of your region? Would you like to host a video game challenge and invite other teams to relax over your own online game room, or have a throwback at classic board games? Would you like to showcase your musical talent? How about hosting an online DJ party? Maybe you would like to take a break and help others? Consider hosting a meditation or online yoga room then! Contact for questions: community [AT] igem [DOT] org.

Alumni opportunity: Become a Jamboree Commentator!

Applications due: October 25, 11:59 AM EDT

Every year, hundreds of fascinating projects are developed by iGEMers to face the pressing challenges of our time, and innovate for the future. Every attendee experiences a unique journey during the Jamboree, learning about some of those outstanding works. The Jamboree Commentators will aid the attendees in navigating through the extraordinary works presented in the Competition. They select and share highlights of their journey, inviting the community to be dazzled with them. They will be live on our main stage throughout the Competition Weekend. Are you interested in sharing your vision with your fellow iGEMers? Apply now: tell us what you want to share with the world, and we will provide a platform to spread your message around the globe.

Alumni opportunity: Volunteer at iGEM!

Applications due: October 25, 11:59 AM EDT

This year we are trying something new and we need the help of our community. Help us ensure that every iGEM participant has an amazing experience and experience the behind-the-scenes of the Jamboree Production! Please note: This opportunity is open to iGEM alumni and other non-team members only. This opportunity is not available to current team members. Check out the link below to learn more about volunteer duties, time committment and benefits!

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