Giant Jamboree/Schedule/Sunday



Sunday is the final day of the Giant Jamboree, this year in addition to finalists presentations and awards we have added a robust program of keynote speakers composed of notable iGEM Alumni. Following the Awards Ceremony, the Jamboree will conclude with a celebratory social for all ages at Jillian's.

See details below to learn more.

Keynote Speakers

Ingrid Swanson Pultz

CSO of PVP Biologics

Ingrid Swanson Pultz, Ph.D., is a co-founder and the chief scientific officer of PvP Biologics. Dr. Pultz is a leader in computational enzyme design, and has a distinguished track record of leading research teams to success. She holds a B.A. in biology from Wellesley College. While operating at the forefront of protein engineering, Dr. Pultz also has a strong interest in training the next generation of effective leaders in science and technology. Dr. Pultz has received numerous awards and recognitions including a Life Sciences Discovery Fund grant, the Neil Groman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a competitive NSF research fellowship.

iGEM Experience

  • iGEM 2008-2011
  • Led the 2011 Grand Prize Winner, Washington
  • Founded PVP Bio with the team project from 2011
  • PVP Bio received $35 million investment from Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Jason Kelly

CEO of Ginkgo Bioworks

Jason Kelly co-founded Ginkgo BioWorks in 2008. The organism is the product at Ginkgo BioWorks. Ginkgo's organism engineers design microbes made-to-order for customers across a range of industries by leveraging a technology platform including custom hardware, software, and wetware. Jason earned his PhD from MIT in Biological Engineering in 2008, under professor Drew Endy, and his BS in Chemical Engineering and Biology in 2003. His doctoral research included the development of a widely adopted measurement standard for characterizing transcriptional elements.

iGEM Experience

  • Part of the first year of iGEM in 2004
  • One of the leaders of the iGEM 2006 MIT team with Eau d’coli
  • Founded Ginkgo Bioworks with 4 other iGEMers

George Church

Wyss Institute

George Church, professor at Harvard & MIT, co-author of 480 papers, 130 patent publications & the book "Regenesis", developed methods used for the first genome sequence (1994) & million-fold cost reductions since (via NGS and nanopores), plus barcoding, DNA assembly from chips, genome editing, writing & recoding. He co-initiated the BRAIN Initiative (2011) & Genome Projects (1984, 2005) to provide & interpret the world's only open-access personal precision medicine datasets.

iGEM Experience

  • Participated in the first year of iGEM in 2004
  • Led iGEM teams for many years

Celebration Social

After months of hard work, celebrate your accomplishments with your fellow iGEMers! Our traditional social at Jillian's has now been turned to a celebratory event for all ages event. Featuring a live DJ and the finest nightlife Boston has to offer, end the Jamboree at a Giant party.