In 2008, I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the iGEM Jamboree through a client of mine, Alberta Innovates. I was surrounded by brilliance and loved it.
I’m hoping to attend again this year and support the University of Alberta’s team while I’m there.
Background on the competition taken from the iGEM website:
The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is the premiere undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition. Student teams are given a kit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Working at their own schools over the summer, they use these parts and new parts of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells. This project design and competition format is an exceptionally motivating and effective teaching method.
A good friend of mine attending UBC recently purchased an old vending machine. Why? Who cares why. Vending machines rule, if you own one. He chose to place it in the music practice rooms at UBC, where he spends most of his time.
I suspect it will do quite well.
This obviously raised the question, “What are you going to put in it!?” If it were me, I’d have it loaded with Coffee Crisps, Twix bars, Crunchies, maybe an Aero or two, and Advil. Oh, and probably something “healthy.” Mmm and some Hoops, those are good too.
I’m going to try and get some photos of the machine (and his selections) for you all to see.
If you had a vending machine, what would you put in it?
Just bought an expensive (to me) domain for a new project I’m going to be working on over the next eight weeks. Stay tuned, the nine of you that follow me.