Previous Competitions

International Genetically Engineered Machine

Previous Competitions

iGEM began in January 2003 with a month-long course during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) where students designed biological systems to make cells blink. This university design course then grew to a summer competition with 5 teams in 2004. 16 years later, we’ve grown to 350 teams from 40+ countries.

Learn more about the history of iGEM and iGEM Founders: Randy Rettberg, Tom Knight and Drew Endy on the iGEM Blog

View the interactive iGEM Timeline to learn more about iGEM's history.

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iGEM 2004

  • Teams: 5
  • Participants: 31
  • Parts: ~50