What's iGEM, you ask? Time to get excited!
The International Genetically Engineered Machines competition is an annual event traditionally open to undergrad teams and now open to teams from biohacker/open wet labs like BUGSS from around the world.
Go ahead and explore the their website (I suggest starting here: http://igem.org/About)
It's kind of a big deal, with teams working all year to make their own genetic machines from existing and novel parts. These could be anything; just some examples of projects ripped from the iGEM website include a rainbow of pigmented bacteria, banana and wintergreen smelling bacteria, an arsenic biosensor, Bactoblood, and buoyant bacteria, but really, those are just a few examples, and we could potentially get pretty crazy with this.
This is potentially a huge opportunity to help put not just BUGSS on the map, but the broader Baltimore area makerspace/hackerspace movement. To that end, we would like to especially encourage ideas that also incorporate an electrical/mechanical engineering aspects (think bioprinting, for example) that would overlap with other local groups' areas of expertise. Think of this as a chance for a true tour de force for the Baltimore hacker/maker scene, or any other Baltimore scene.
With this in mind, we want to be sure that if we do this, we do it right. That means coming up with an impressive project and seeing it through to completion. To that end we need 1.) committed people, 2.) expertise, and 3.) funds. That being said, lets get the committed people together, figure out what we want to do, then chase down the expertise and funds. If you are at all interested,
1. Send an email to info@bugssonline to get on the Baltimore Community IGEM-2014 Discussion Group, and ask your questions, talk about potential projects or talk about anything else regarding a community try at IGEM
2. Come to BUGSS this Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM (December 18), for a brainstorming/organizing meeting.
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