Sponsors/Special Offers/Opentrons

Winners of Opentrons Robot Challenge Announced
May 17

Opentrons has announced the winners of their Robot Challenge!
Congratulations to the following teams: CU, Victoria Wellington, OUC-China, Leiden, ITESO Guadalajara, Lethbridge, UC Davis, TUDelft, and NUS Singapore

Teams that did not win a free robot are still eligible for a discount of $2000 off your first OT-2 Robot.


Bringing powerful, easy-to-use automation to all 2019 iGEM Teams!

Opentrons launched its first robot as part of the Genspace Community Lab iGEM team in 2014. The first day of our Kickstarter was the first day of the Giant Jamboree, and we got a huge boost of support from the iGEM community when we showed off the OT-One. Following the immense success of our inaugural partnership last year, we could not be more excited to be partnering with iGEM to support 2019 teams with the OT-2.

Once again, we plan to give 10 iGEM teams the means to automate many of the most common protocols done as part of the iGEM competition. Armed with the robot and modules necessary to run protocols like transformations, ligations, digests, and more, iGEM teams will be able to test our thesis that running experiments on a common automation platform improves reproducibility between labs. The data produced from these teams -- as well as the protocols and open-source integrations they make -- will be an important contribution to the broader scientific community and will inform Opentrons' product roadmap going forward.

Winners will be selected based on how their planned work with OT-2 will impact the world and contribute to the scientific community at large. We are excited for things like:

  • Robust measurement and reproducibility - How will you show your work?
  • Broadly useful iGEM protocols uploaded to the Opentrons Protocol Library - How will you share your work?
  • Open-source integrations with other hardware and software - How will you innovate?
  • Impactful projects that make the world a healthier, happier, more ecologically sustainable place - How is this good for your community and the world?

Contest Guidelines

Opentrons is excited to provide ten (10) iGEM teams with free OT-2 robots through this competitive application! Make sure to apply!

Submission is easy: After your team is registered and approved by iGEM, fill out the application to be considered for one of ten (10) free OT-2 lab robots to be given away to competition teams during the 2019 season (Value of $10,000 per team! Includes 2x electronic pipettes and one module).


  • Only one (1) submission per team is allowed.
  • To be considered for an award, your team must be registered, accepted, and have paid the registration fee for the 2019 iGEM competition.
  • All submissions are due by May 8, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.


Teams that did not win a free robot are still eligible for a discount of $2000 off your first OT-2 Robot. Please contact sales@opentrons.com for details on how to take advantage of this special offer.

Contact Info

For questions regarding contest eligibility, application, and contest deadlines, contact kristin@opentrons.com

For questions regarding our robots, how to take advantage of iGEM discounts, and more, contact info@opentrons.com

All other questions should be directed to iGEM HQ.

Important Dates

  • All submissions are due by May 8, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.
  • Awardees will be announced on May 17, 2019 and contacted via the email address provided in the application to arrange for shipment.

**More dates to come throughout the competition season!**

Click here to learn more about the OT-2 robot:

Useful Links