BIOMOD 2015 Febuary 3rd, 2015 – Competition Overview and Tips Review of what is BIOMOD • BIOMOD – Biomolecular Design Competition hosted by Wyss Institute at Harvard University and organized by Shawn Douglas • Biomod.net • Competitors typically make us of DNA/RNA structures to create novel technologies, i.e. DNA nanotechnology and DNA origami 2014 Winners 1st – Team EchiDNA 2nd – Dresden DNAmic 2013 Winners 1st – Team LMU 2nd – Team Dresden Judging Criteria • Relevance: Has the team made a strong case that their project idea is scientifically and/or technologically interesting? (5 points) • Specification: Are the project goals well-defined? (i.e. Does the team explicitly state what criteria need to be met in order to consider the project a success?) (5 points) • Feasibility: Was the proposed solution feasible? (i.e. Was it reasonable to expect that the solution could be implemented by a BIOMOD team in one summer?) (5 points) • Merit: Is the proposed solution a good one? Is it particularly elegant or innovative? (5 points) Rough-Timeline • January–March: Team organizers should recruit team members: post flyers and email announcements, interview interested students, and send notifications early while everyone is still finalizing their summer plans. • April–May: Register your team. Students should begin independent background reading to start learning about topics that may interest them. Organize brainstorming meetings to determine project topic. • June–August: Do the project! Also, start planning the YouTube video as early as possible. Book travel arrangements and apply for Visas if necessary • September–October: Complete project wiki, video, and presentation. Register for Jamboree. Good Project!! • What?? http://openwetware.org/wiki/Biomod • How?? Project Deliverables • Wiki • Video • Presentation Wiki http://www.ddnamic.de/ Video! • Clear idea • Comic • Software • RENDERING!! Presentation Should not follow the IDEAL pattern How to finance your project? Materials vs. Money: • Contact companies by phone. • Most companies give specific materials for free/discount. • Ask your supervisor/group leader if they have contacts. • Most institutes let you use their instruments for free. • Cash money is more difficult but possible. Institutional sponsors in Dresden: Biotec, Cfaed, DIGS-BB, CRTD, GFF, (Stura), ((Forschungspool)) -> present in group leader meeting (start of every month), be prepared.. TU Dresden Accounts • You need a PSP-Element account for donations! • Contact Biotec Administration early! (Experience, PSP account available). • Ask for donations not for sponsoring (includes taxation, contracts). • You need to fill out TU Dresden forms in German. • Make sure you use the money in agreement with TU Dresden rules. • Keep all receits (eg. Boarding passes) + Bank transfer statements. Reimbursement is slow! The clearer your documents, the faster! People who know about Biomod accounts • Biotec: Juliane Hoth and Andrea Dünnebier • Cfaed: Susann Gierth and Tatjana Sereda • TU Dresden: Kati Almai How to choose your team? Unfortunately this year restriction to 8 students. Less students -> better coordination -> less travel costs Suggestion: Define positions and find the most motivated people for it. (Eg. 3 Experimentals, 1 Modeller, 1 Designer, 1 Organisator Exclusion criterion: Available in summer holidays.., responsibility.., time..