Medal Criteria

"Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts." - Dan Gable

This page serves as a concise overview of all medal criteria, including a description of our performed work. In addition, links to the associated pages are added.


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Competition Deliverables Our project is presented in the project promotion video and the presentation. In addition, it is fully described on the wiki. Moreover, the judging form contains all reasons why we are eligible for the medals and awards. You can find our project promotion video here, and the judging form here.
Project Attributions On the Attribution page, we credited everybody that helped us during our project. Also, each team member's executed work and contribution to the project is clearly described. You can read it on Attributions.
Project Description Our project description serves as a detailed but concise introduction to our iGEM project. You can read it on Description.
Contribution We a made useful contribution to future iGEM teams by adding information to the Parts Registry for the existing part Secreted Alkaline Phosphatase (SEAP), BBa_K1470004. You can read it on Contribution.


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Engineering Success We have used the engineering principles of the Design-Build-Test-Learn (DBTL) cycle to improve on multiple aspects of our project, for example, to enable activation of the GEMS receptor via antibodies. You can read it on Engineering.
Collaboration We collaborated with 12 other iGEM teams in a meaningful way. Moreover, we stimulated other collaborations by organizing two iGEM meetups. You can read it on Collaboration.
Human Practices We involved nearly 30 relevant stakeholders from different communities to develop a project that is good and responsible for the world. You can read it on Human Practices.
Proposed Implementation We defined the proposed implementation of !MPACT by describing the complete drug development process for !MPACT until market authorization. In addition, we elaborated on the end users of !MPACT. You can read it on Implementation.


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Integrated Human Practices We integrated the values, needs, and feedback of all engaged stakeholders in our project in the broadest sense possible, using analysis tools for interviews and reflection tools for decision-making. We showed this via a timeline throughout our project. You can read it on Human Practices.
Improvement of an Existing Part We added a 5’UTR sequence to the existing part BBa_I746909 and obtained a slightly different color expression of GFP. You can read it on Part Improvement.
Project Modeling We built a kinetic model in MATLAB to support future lab work by predicting experimental results and by finding sensitive parameters that can be tweaked in the lab to optimize our cell-based system. You can read it on Model.
Proof of Concept We have proven that synthetic GEMS receptors with affinity domains against autoantibodies can be presented on the cell surface. In addition, we demonstrated that the GEMS receptor can produce the therapeutic IL-10. You can read it on Proof of Concept.
Partnership We built an extended partnership between our team and the BOKU Vienna team, mainly focused on research on the ethical aspects of synthetic biology and possible dual-use. You can read it on Partnership.
Education & Communication We communicated about our project and synthetic biology via presentations, articles, and social media. In addition, we organized multiple educational activities for different target groups, including a Challenge Day for more than 100 high school students. You can read it on Education and Communication.