Giant Jamboree/Watch Parties

iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree

Call for Watch Parties

This is an exceptional year. Although we can’t be together at one big in-person event this year, nothing could stop us from celebrating our hard work - and, for the first time ever, we are celebrating at 250 places all over the world.
During the 2020 iGEM Virtual Giant Jamboree, you might still want to:

  • Have your teammates around to introduce your project;
  • Partner with your new friends from other teams made from iGEM meetups to participate in the workshops;
  • Share your feelings and exciting discoveries with other iGEMers;
  • Simply have fun by chatting, drinking, eating, and singing together…
  • What you will need, is, to organize a WATCH PARTY!


Due date: November 2, 11:59 AM EST

Please submit your watch parties before November 2, 11:59 AM EST (mid-day). We’ll help you to share your excitement and joy with all the Jamboree attendees!

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or requests for us: community [AT] igem [DOT] org. We are excited to see these parties happen!

Planning a watch party? Check out the teaser schedule:

Tips for Virtual Watch Parties

This event can be run any way you want! Here are some suggestions for your event to go smoothly.

  • The purpose of this event is to let team members relax and chat freely. The content does not have to be directly related to the ongoing Virtual Giant Jamboree events. Think of it as a party space for casual conversations and networking.
  • It can be as big or as small as you want. Bigger parties might be harder to manage because not as many people can talk to each other easily, so we suggest keeping them at around 30-40 people, or breaking people into smaller groups if your watch party has more attendees.
  • The parties can be run completely virtually. 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.
  • Many platforms can be used for virtual watch parties. Here are some options to get you started: Zoom , Microsoft Teams , Facebook , Google Hangouts , Skype .
  • It’s a party, so feel free to have food and drinks in your homes! We suggest getting some treats at your local markets, and you can even order food if it is possible in your area.

Guidelines for In-person Watch Parties

Watch parties can take place in person. In order to do so, teams must follow the regulations established by the governments of their countries/cities and their universities. Some of the things recommended to check in the regulations are:

  • What is the maximum number of people allowed on an event or reunion?
  • Where is the event going to take place? Is the space big enough to keep a safe distance according to the regulations?
  • Where do the people come from? Is anyone coming from abroad? What are the regulations regarding quarantine after arriving from another country or city?
  • What are the rules about data collection? Must the information be handed to a competent authority?

Besides that, we recommend the teams to consider the following:

  • Whether the event takes place outdoors or in an enclosed space, be sure to provide the applicable hygiene and social distancing rules.
  • Participants should try to maintain a distance recommended by the local government, considering especially if there is more than one team present.
  • It is recommended that the mouth and nose are covered in some way. The covering can include a surgical mask, homemade fabric mask, or scarves that cover the mouth and nose. If possible, the wearing of the mask is recommended during the whole event. Otherwise, participants could use the mask when getting to their places and take it off when they are in their seats.
  • A record of the people who attend the watch party must be kept. The data provided must include at least a name and way of contact. We don't collect this data but you should have it for your own data for tracking purposes.

If any of the possible participants show any COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, the participant should abstain to attend the watch party. Finally, we recommend to follow the general hygiene rules:

  • Clean your hand often, use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.


Contact us at: community [AT] igem [DOT] org