Up for a Challenge? Compete at ISHI 31 to Win Prizes!

Submit photos each day of the General Sessions for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Complete additional tasks for a chance to win the grand prize – free admission to ISHI 32 (including workshops).



One of the things we love most about ISHI is seeing all of you, the attendees! Since we won’t be able to greet you in person this year, we’ve come up with the next best thing. Each day of the general sessions (September 14 – 16, 2020), we’re asking you to send in photos of you and your lab mates so that we can stay connected. In exchange, for each day you submit a photo, you’ll be entered to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards. Winners will be announced the following morning on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as in the “ISHI Updates” chat channel. We will also reach out to winners directly via email. Each day’s theme is listed below. Photos must be received during that 24-hour period in order to be considered. Submit your photos here each day. We look forward to seeing your creativity!

Monday, September 14th – Introduce Yourself

  • If a picture says 1,000 words, then tell us about yourself! Submit a picture of yourself and/or your lab mates indicating where you’re attending from geographically. This could include a sign, your lab, a landmark, map, your local environment, etc. OR you can also send a picture showcasing something your passionate about, such as a favorite sport or hobby.

Tuesday, September 15th – Working from Home

  • Our working environments have all changed a little this year. Take a picture with your new co-workers, whether they be animal or human or upload a picture of you working from your home office. Bonus points for those who wear a past ISHI tee in the photo!

Wednesday, September 16th – Looking forward to ISHI 32

  • In honor of ISHI 32 being held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, submit a photo that is Disney themed. Put on a pair of mouse ears, take a picture with your favorite character, etc.


Looking for additional challenges? Compete with attendees to win an Amazon gift card or FREE registration to ISHI 32.

Explore the Virtual ISHI platform to start earning points that will not only give you bragging rights but will increase your chances of winning an Amazon gift card or free registration to ISHI 32 (including workshops). Work your way up the leaderboard even quicker by submitting photos and videos, signing up to write a blog post for the ISHI website, suggesting future keynote speakers, and more!



  1. Register and attend the 31st International Symposium on Human Identification
  2. Review the official rules.
  3. Complete items from the checklist below. Each item is assigned a point value that will be automatically added to your total score. The game will run from 9:00am CST on September 14 – 5:00pm CST on October 2, 2020. Four winners will be chosen based on total points scored. Prizes include a $50, $75, or $150 Amazon gift card and the winner with the highest score will be awarded free registration to ISHI 32. In an event of a tie, the winner will be randomly chosen from the top point scorers. Winners will be notified, and prizes distributed on October 16, 2020.


Challenge List:

  • Attend Keynote presentation, The Foundling – Resolving a Case of Unknown Identity Through the Use of Genetic Genealogy (10 points)
  • Participate in a workshop (10 points)
  • Follow ISHI on social media (10 points per follow)
  • Suggest keynote speakers for future ISHI meetings on this form [add link to Formstack] (10 points per suggestion)
  • Visit exhibitor booths (20 points per exhibitor)
  • Fill out the post-ISHI survey (20 points)
  • Download a PDF from an exhibitor booth (20 points per download)
  • Introduce yourself in the chat (30 points)
  • Submit photo of the day through this form [add link to Formstack] (30 points per photo)
  • Ask a question of a speaker using chat (40 points)
  • Schedule a meeting with an exhibitor (40 points per meeting scheduled)
  • Submit videos for the Question of the Day through this form [link to Formstack ] (50 points per video)
    • Choose from the questions below:
      • What is the most interesting sample you’ve gotten DNA off of?
      • Name one thing that you learned today, and why you found it interesting or how you will apply this learning in the lab.
      • What have you learned during COVID?
      • What Disney character do you most identify with?
      • (With labmates) What Disney characters work in your lab?
      • What/who influenced your decision to work in forensic science?
      • Who’s the person that you most admire in forensic science, dead or alive?
      • How have things changed in the field of forensic DNA since you’ve started attending ISHI?
      • Share a memory from a past ISHI.
    • Sign up to submit a future blog post (50 points)


We look forward to seeing all of your creativity and virtually greeting you at the 31st International Symposium on Human Identification!