Obviously, this is a twofer for Illumina. They gain a lot of market research as to what applications folks think the MiniSeq is appropriate (beyond the obvious task of sequencing the genomes of Lego Mini Figures), plus they get a bunch of publicity. In this, I am, obviously, abetting them, having been given the program details under embargo. I'd be happier with the giveaway program I suggested,
In my ideal world, someone who publicly predicted the name, price & specs of a new product would get a free one :-)— Keith Robison (@OmicsOmicsBlog) January 11, 2016
but thems the breaks (perhaps I could at least get a supply of Mini M&Ms?
Clearly in such a contest, it would pay to be very different than the pack. So put your thinking caps on. Grab something from the minibar. Park yourself near a pot of mini daffodils. Draft a plan to use minimax algorithms or Minimus2 Will you target mini schnauzers or Ms. Mouse), and cook up an interesting scheme to use the newest sequencing box. An investment of a few hours might yield a pair of new toys, one to drive in the lab and one to drive outside!