iGEM, International Genetically Engineered Machine, competition inspires future synthetic biologists by hosting high school and university-level competitions in synthetic biology and by maintaining the Registry of Standard Biological Parts, the world’s largest collection of open source standard parts containing over 20,000 BioBricks.

The iGEM competition encourages students to address real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts called BioBricks from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Working in teams, students design, build and test their systems as well as address safety, security and environmental implications of their work.