Dear SBMC participants, partners and speakers!

Thank you all for making SBMC a very memorable experience. SBMC is not a standard conference. We don't just talk - we do stuff. We hack ourselves. Our version of a good event is one where half the participants walk away with some kind of bandage on their skin and some new taste experience in their mouths.

SMBC achieved exactly what we wanted - it was a powerful illustration of the breadth and depth of what the biohacker movement is accomplishing and a real mobilisation of the Swedish and Nordic biohacker community. We are happy to hear that a lot of new projects and cooperations have sprung up in the aftermath of SBMC.

For those of you who missed them, here are the minutes from the different workshops.

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Hope to see you at #SBMC17!

The organisers

A biohackers guide to iGEM


  • Plan long term
    • Start planning for next year’s iGEM competition and not the current year’s competition.
  • Ask iGEMers for help
    • Current Teams are required to help new iGEM teams
    • Apply to mentorship program in iGEM

Order of operation of an iGEM project

Creating an idea

The quality of the idea is the most important aspect of the project!

  • Find a problem you want to solve
    • Study previous iGEM projects
    • Localize problems in the world
      • Listen to the news
      • Analyze you own life
    • Localize problems in Synbio
      • Ask any researcher how their work is going. After they answer “bad”, ask why?
    • Draft a solution
      • Study previous iGEM teams
        • Previous teams have a lot of solutions you could apply to your problem
      • Try to incorporate factors favored by media in your solution such as:
        • Climate smart
        • Accessible for the poor
        • Health and therapeutics

Finding sponsors

Look into other iGEM team’s sponsors!  The have already been given

You will need to convince others that your project is a good one, stress the impact of the project!

What long-term benefits can the society and the field get from your solution?

Apply for funding form:

  • Crowd source
    • Money only
    • Highly dependent on marketing skills
  • Companies
    • Money and Materials (Materials tends to be easier)
    • Apply at least 1 year before you need the money/products
    • Think wide and don’t be shy
      • PornHub offered to sponsor iGEM Stockholm 2015
    • Universities
      • Money and Materials (Materials tends to be easier)
      • A lot easier for university students
    • Grants
      • Money only
      • Limited application times

Make your solution iGEM compatible

You will have to make restrictions to the solution due to material and time constraints.

 Evaluate your recourses Material and competence specific man-hours

Plan the different parts of the project, no part is essential but all of them is needed to be a successful project.

Lab work, proving concept

  • Don’t forget the recourses, such as:
    • The Bio-Brick registry
    • 20kBp from IDT
    • Reaction kits from NEB
  • What is the most relevant to prove?
    • Is there enough time?
    • Can you access all relevant tools?
    • Reaction kits from NEB
  • Choose you model organism
    • Is suitable for your application
    • Can you access relevant tools for the organism
    • Do you have enough competence with this organism
    • Locate your relevant organism database
    • Plan your genetic constructs
      • Use DNA editing sofwere such as:
        • SnapGene
        • CLC
        • Genious
      • Choose your vector
        • Episomal
        • Intergrative
        • Centromere
      • Make a plan how to build the constructs
        • Create relevant DNA primers
      • Choose a methodology to test your constructs
        • Plan alternative construct with testable constructs by:
          • Using fluorophores (eg. GFP)
          • Using enzymes (eg. AMYa)


  • Don’t forget the recourses, such as:
    • Matlab lience from Mathworks
    • SynBio toolboxes
    • Softwere from previous iGEM teams
  • What kind of model is the most relevant for your project
    • Kinetic/Flux analysis
    • Physical
  • There is a lot of parameters in the literature!
    • Human practices

Integrated Human practices

  • Discuss and argue that your project is ethical
    • What can you do to make it more acceptable
  • Discuss and argue about the safety in your project
    • What can you do to make it more acceptable
    • Consider different solution designs to make it more safe

Outreach Human practices

  • Be present on social media
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
  • Contact traditional media
    • Radio (easiest)
    • Newspapers
    • Tv
  • Contact schools and companies offering gusset lectures
  • Collaborate with other iGEM teams

Conduct your project!


Good luck!