Software Division Judging

Judging for the Software Tools track will have area-specific requirements for medals as detailed below. Software Tools teams are also eligible for selection as Finalists, Grand Prizes, and Special Prizes at the iGEM 2013 World Championship Jamboree. Prizes will not be awarded at the Regional Jamborees for software teams.

Bronze Medal

  1. Register the team, have a great summer, and have fun attending the Regional Jamboree and World Championship Jamboree.
  2. Create and share a description of the team's project via the iGEM wiki.
  3. Present a Poster and Talk at the Regional Jamboree and World Championship Jamboree.
  4. Develop and make available via the The Registry of Software Tools an open source software tool that supports synthetic biology based on BioBrick standard biological parts (remember, the iGEM judges will be looking for substantial team-based software projects).

Silver Medal

To earn a Silver Medal, in addition to the Bronze Medal requirements, a team must do ONE of the following:

  1. Provide a detailed, draft specification for the next version of your software tool
  2. Provide a second, distinct (yet complementary) software tools project.

In addition the team must:

  1. Provide a demonstration of their software either as a textual or video tutorial made available on their wiki. This tutorial should explain all the features of the tool as well as provide sample input and output as appropriate.

Gold Medal

To earn a Gold Medal, in addition to the Silver Medal requirements, a team must:

1. Have another team utilize the software developed by your team. You must clearly show how your software was used and the results that were obtained.

2a. Outline and detail how your software effects Human Practices in Synthetic Biology. Such topics include: safety, security, ethics, or ownership, sharing, and innovation.


2b. In place of requirement two, a team may instead use SBOL in your software documentation.


3a. Develop and document a new technical standard that supports one of the following:

  1. design of BioBrick Parts or Devices
  2. construction of BioBrick Parts or Devices
  3. characterization of BioBrick Parts or Devices
  4. the analysis, modeling, and simulation of BioBrick Parts or Devices
  5. the sharing of BioBrick Parts or Devices, either via physical DNA or as information via the internet.


3b. Build upon existing software from a previous iGEM competition found on the The Registry of Software Tools