iGEM is an international synthetic biology competition, aimed at University students. Competitors aim to design and build biological systems and operate them into a living cell. Teams normally aim to solve a problem, the University of York’s previous idea was to use bacteria to power batteries. The team successfully engineered bacteria to produce electrons – the first step in producing a battery and were awarded with a gold medal for their efforts!!! (http://2013.igem.org/Team:York_UK)
Keep checking the blog for iGEM York’s 2014 ideas.