Team Presentation Videos Due

Deadline: October 28, 11:59AM EDT (midday)

Please be sure to read through the presentation requirements listed below! Judges will begin their assessment of your presentation videos after this deadline. Please avoid submitting in the last minutes in case there are any potential technical issues.

Important Note: The submission portal will is open:


The presentation video should be clear, engaging, and communicate your project to a broad audience. The focus of evaluation will be on the technical content and how the scientific details of your project are communicated. This video should focus on clear, concise, and precise communication of technical aspects of your project (project design, results and data analysis, and conclusions). Your Human Practices work and other activities your team carried out should also be highlighted! The virtual format offers more flexibility than a traditional in-person presentation. We encourage you to creatively address the format and style of your presentation video.


Technical requirements

  1. Length: The total length of the video, including the intro sequence, should not exceed 1200 seconds (20 minutes).
    • Important: Accelerating the speaking portions of your video to fit into 1200 seconds (20 minutes) is considered a form of cheating and may result in serious consequences for your team, up to and including ineligibility for medals and/or awards.
  2. Size: The total size of the video should not exceed 1GB.
  3. Format: Video file format should be .MP4
  4. Resolution: Full HD: 1920 x 1080 (1080p) or higher (4K: 3840 × 2160).
  5. Aspect ratio: 16:9, landscape orientation.

Content requirements

  1. Only team student members listed on the official team roster are allowed to present or narrate the team presentation. Advisors, instructors, and PIs are not permitted to present.
  2. Intro: You should insert the official iGEM Intro Sequence at the beginning of your video. It is available for download below.
  3. Credits: Everyone who contributed to the making of the video should be attributed at the end by short 2-3 seconds text. If you collaborated with someone outside of your team, it is mandatory to provide attributions for them too. You should also clearly attribute who did the video work on your team’s Attribution page.
  4. Copyrighted Material is NOT allowed: You can only use materials that are appropriately licensed for reuse, such as open-source code or Creative Commons licensed images or video clips. The music you use can only be royalty-free, or specifically licensed to your team for a creative commons use. You must attribute and credit all the creators and licenses of the music.
  5. Consent: You should get informed consent for the appearance of people in your video. If there are minors, below 18, appearing in your video - you are required to get parental consent. Please look into Safety Policies on interviews here as well as VRT resources for forms: here
  6. No country flags are allowed to be displayed in your videos: iGEM is an international competition and we do not want to have any country emphasized over another.
  7. Rules of Conduct: Your video should be compliant with iGEM’s values and iGEM Rules of Conduct. The iGEM Foundation strictly prohibits harassment of any kind. Harassment can be verbal or nonverbal and includes offensive comments, distribution, display, or discussion of offensive material. Your video should not contain disturbing images, violence, or other potentially sensitive content.

Subtitles & narration requirements:

  1. Subtitles: Please submit subtitles/captions of your video as a separate .vtt file. Do not include the subtitles directly in the editing of the video. The subtitles must be in English, and we also encourage teams to provide additional caption files in other languages.
  2. Narration Language: Primary language of your presentation is in English.
  3. Multilingual Narration: We encourage recording additional versions of your presentation in your native language too (if it is not English) or in other languages your team speaks. This can benefit you in reaching out to your local communities. This is not a requirement, and doesn't affect the judging of your presentation.


Recommended Elements:

  • Introduction

  • Project background

  • Project goals

  • Methodology overview

  • Results
  • Human Practices

  • Safety Considerations

  • Next Steps
  • Attributions

You can find more information and guidance on the Telling Your Story resources page.

The video should be a creative effort by your team.

You can collaborate with people and companies outside of your team and outsource some of the work, but the ideas and the efforts to make the video should be primarily yours.

Audio is important!

Pay attention to your audio recording. Check out our Videos Hub for more tips on planning, filming, editing as well as equipment recommendations:

Intro Sequence

Insert this at the start of you video

The length of the video should not exceed 20 minutes including the intro sequence.

Download link