Science is a competitive field, though perhaps this isn’t always obvious from the outside. You can have fun with this, e.g. hosting your own Lab Olympics, but as far as I know, the iGEM is only scientific competition I know of that combines many teams coming up with scientific ideas, wet lab work turned into something tangible, within a tight time deadline.
Because the iGEM competition is about synthetic biology, it typically requires synthetic DNA. And what better place to get high quality DNA, than from Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT)? As well as supporting the iGEM as a sponsor, IDT has innovated within its product line, making the purchase of synthetic genes much less expensive than a few years ago, and delivering quickly, with the introduction of gBlocks.
Anyway, here is a nice article, celebrating both the iGEM teams and how gBlocks have helped them achieve their goals.