Competition/Deliverables/Promotion Video

Project Promotion Videos Due

Deadline Postponed: July 16 July 23, 2021, by 11:59AM EDT

Please be sure to read through the project promotion video requirements listed below! Please note that the video deadlines should be submitted by 11:59AM EDT (midday).

Important Note: The submission portal is open:


The project promotion video is the introduction to your project: the problem, your solution, the engineering, and its impact. It is your project’s pitch.

This video will be the first entry point of your project to a broad audience: current and future iGEMers, friends, local community, etc. It will lead them into your other deliverables, like the wiki and presentation. It’s an important part of your overall presenting approach - you can use it to promote your team, outreach in fundraising, brainstorming creative ways to present with a short pitch, and finding out what other teams are doing.

The style and content is up to you. You can see some of the examples from teams in 2020 for inspiration. The Best Project Promotion Video will also be awarded with a Community Prize at the Giant Jamboree!


Technical requirements

  1. Size: It should not be larger than 500 MB.
  2. Length: The total length of the video, including the intro sequence, should not exceed 120 seconds (2 minutes). Accelerating a longer video to fit into 120 seconds is not allowed.
  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. Intro: iGEM will provide a short intro sequence for your video. This is 3.5 seconds long. You should insert this sequence at the beginning of your video. It is available for download below.
  2. Credits: Everyone who contributed to the video should be attributed at the end by short 2 seconds text. If you collaborated with someone outside of your team, it is mandatory to provide attributions for them too.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 .
  5. 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. 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. Your video should not contain disturbing images, violence, or other potentially sensitive content.

Subtitles, narration & text:

  1. Subtitles: Please submit the 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. Multilingual Narration: If your video has narration, the required audio has to be in English but we encourage also recording the audio in your native language (if it is not English) or in other languages your team speaks. While not much extra work, this will benefit you in reaching out to your local communities. You can upload multiple videos with different audio.
  3. Description: Prepare a short description of 50-70 words about your project and/or video.


Questions to consider

What is the problem you want to solve?
How do you want to communicate this problem to a broad audience?
What is your solution?
How does it affect the world?
What is the impact of your solution?
How does this video engage or encourage the viewers to see your presentation and/or wiki?

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 your video

The length of the video should not exceed 2 minutes including the intro sequence.

Download link