5. Track Selection

Each team can only compete in one track.

The purpose of the iGEM tracks is to help teams focus their projects. The subject areas encompassed by the tracks aim to solve crucial global challenges; for examples, students have worked on projects related to environmental bioremediation, new medical delivery systems, and alternative energy sources using synthetic biology.

Teams can participate in the special tracks and have the showcase space for showing off giant robots, software demos, and art exhibitions to generate buzz about these things at the Jamboree. Or you can participate as a standard track team, make parts, and compete for these special prizes as well as the Grand Prize.

Track Selection Freeze

Deadline: September 13, 11:59PM EDT

Your final track selection is important as it directly impacts the Giant Jamboree presentation schedule. We will group teams together by track in random groups of three to fit within the presentation schedule. The final track selection allows iGEM Headquarters to start working on the Giant Jamboree schedule, with any last changes made after Registration closes on August 31. You can enter your track selection on your Team Profile page.

Note: High school teams will automatically be assigned to the High School track.

Track Preferences

As a team, you will select one track to compete in, but your team profile page will ask for up to 3 preferences for track selection. Teams should place their first choice in the first position before the deadline on September 13, 11:59PM EDT. You may also provide second and third preferences, but this is optional. In the past, when tracks did not have enough teams to compete, the track would be cancelled. Second and third track preferences allowed us to assign teams to tracks that were still relevant to their project. As the competition has grown, the requirement for preferences is no longer necessary. In the event that we must cancel a track, teams in that track will be contacted directly.

Can't pick a track?

Institutions can send two teams to the Jamboree. We have offered this option to software and wetware teams for many years. You can decide to split your team into two teams later than the regular registration deadline, so you can start in the lab before deciding if you have a great special project you want to show off! As with every team, there will be a registration fee, but registering a second team will come with the multiple team discount. Keep in mind: two teams gives you two presentations, two posters, and two chances to win most of the special prizes. See the Competition Registration page for instructions on how to register multiple teams.

Important Information for Standard Tracks

  • Teams will be required to work with parts to win a medal
  • Standard track teams will be eligible for the Grand Prize
  • Standard track teams will be eligible to win special cross-track prizes like Best Software Tool, etc. corresponding to all of the special track areas (see special track list above)
  • Standard track teams may apply for a space in the Exhibition Space at the Jamboree, but priority will be given to Special Tracks.

Important Information for Special Tracks

  • Special tracks will not be required to make parts to achieve a gold medal
  • Special tracks are eligible for most prizes, except the Grand Prize
  • We will offer cross-track prizes for all of these tracks. As with the current structure, teams in the Special Tracks will be ineligible for the equivalent cross-track prizes (for example: teams in the Software track will not be eligible for the Software Tools cross-track prize)
  • Priority will be given to Special Track teams when we assign space in the Exhibition Space at the Jamboree