What do you do when team members disappear, deadlines are flying by, and the Jamboree is only two days away? Newcastle University answered these questions when they formed an iGEM team for the first time in 2008. The team was composed of six students, three instructors and many advisors, all from different backgrounds and with differing motivations in joining the team. Everyone was excited about our project, but a summer of hard work only produced a proof of concept. In this presentation, I will discuss the lessons we learned and how we managed to pull everything together in the end to win a Gold medal at the Jamboree.