Splitting the winners up regionally isn't ideal considering the organisers are trying hard to keep iGEM as a single, global event. But I was compiling this list in the iGEM Europe workshop late this afternoon after the competition closed. In the meeting, Sven Panke of ETH Zurich said he tried to compile a list of European winners but could not get them all down. Score one for shorthand, although I didn't try to record the bronze, silver and gold winners: those are on long lists sitting on photos that are currently importing into Lightroom.
I've split the teams into non-US and US. And it shows how well universities outside the US are now doing in spite of being later to get into synthetic biology and, in some cases, having the disadvantage of comparatively short summer breaks – the time when teams get to do most of their lab work.
A special mention needs to go to IIT Madras who fell foul of the US visa system. They won two prizes including one potentially powerful technique: "Took simple idea of hybridising promoters and pushed it all the way," said Stanford's Drew Endy. But the US government would not give them visas to actually attend the event.
I missed one award - experimental measurement - because I was changing the lens on the camera to get ready for the final awards (this one reason is why journalist multi-skilling doesn't really work in practice). But I'll pick those up from the recording later or just crib it from the iGEM site if that gets updated before I get the final list together. Update: It's now in place and it's another European team: Bologna.
Grand prize: Slovenia
First runner-up: Freiburg
Other finalist: Taipei
Foundational advance: IIT Madras
New BioBrick part, natural: Imperial
New BioBrick part, engineered: IIT Madras
Human practices: Heidelberg. Honourable mention for Valencia
Experimental measurement: Bologna
Modelling: BCCS Bristol
Wiki: TU Delft
Second runner-up: Caltech
Other finalists: UC Berkeley, Harvard
Food and energy: Harvard
Software: UC Berkeley Tools
New application area: UCSF
Poster: UCSF (Honourable mention)
Presentation: Washington (Honourable mention)