A design challenge to inspire the regenerative economy in Bali.

  • In October 2022, through an open call, people from around the world were invited to work in teams to

  • focus on and learn about a specific local initiative on the island of Bali, with the aim of

  • proposing and prototyping design outputs to win seed funding for its implementation.

Innovation for impact

The Fab Island Challenge brought together local and global innovation communities to propose meaningful interventions that enrich, empower and scale Bali’s emerging regenerative economy.

Teams from around the world were invited to focus and learn about a specific local initiative, propose and prototype design outputs to win seed funding for its implementation.

It was a key event of Bali Fab Fest, the largest gathering of digital fabrication communities, the Fab Lab Network and Fab City global initiative.

Urgent areas of intervention

The challenge addressed the most pressing issues around sustainability and life systems:

  • Waste Management

  • Water Conservation

  • Food Security

  • Regenerative Materials

  • Sustainable Mobility

  • New Learning Models

  • Preserving Natural Ecosystems

  • New systems of value and exchange

Who is the Challenge for?

The Fab Island Challenge instigated meaningful projects in local communities in Bali by bringing together various profiles.

Local and global experts

Local and global experts and enthusiasts such as students, academics, professionals and other practitioners of design, making, digital fabrication, organising and activism who brought their skills to the challenge.

Technologies and methodologies

Existing projects, technologies or methodologies that deal with or might fit into one or more of the challenge areas.

Networks and organisations

Networks and organisations of practice that added value in the form of specific knoweldge, skills or experience including universities, advocacy movements and communities of practice.

Key dates and challenge schedule

Participation applications open → 1 August 2022

Microgrant applications open → 1 August - 22 August 2022

Announcements of teams → 1 September 2022

Online information sessions → mid-September 2022


Challenge in Bali (alongside the Bali Fab Fest) → 12-22 October 2022

Field trips to the project locations → 13-14 October 2022

Project development and prototyping → 15-19 October 2022

Ideas showcase → 20-21 October 2022

Seed-funding → 22 October 2022

*some dates may change without prior notice


Microgrants were offered for individuals, teams and networks to participate in the challenge based on their skills, projects or experiences.

Skills Grant of EUR 1000 were offered to individuals to participate in the challenge.

Project Grant of EUR 2000 were offered to projects or technologies useful in one of the challenge areas, for a team of 3 people.

Organisation Grant of EUR 4000 were offered to organizations or a networks, for a team of 3-5 people based on their skills or projects.

Separate Grants were also offered for residents of ASEAN countries.

Read more details here.

Challenge partners

The challenge gathered support from international and local collaborators and built on previous #techforgood and #socialinnovation challenges.

Plastic for Good Challenge

The #PlasticForGood Challenge by Distributed Design Market Platform x Precious Plastic, co-funded project by Creative Europe, was an intensive experience promoting the crucial need to rethink the way we use plastics globally.

Made Again Challenge

SPACE10’s mission to investigate new models of circular societies and enable a better life for the many people led us them to partner with Fab Lab Barcelona to explore more sustainable alternatives for production and consumption.


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Hosted by the Bali Fab Fest, 12-22 October, Jimbaran Hub, Bali

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