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.
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.
The challenge addressed the most pressing issues around sustainability and life systems:
New Learning Models
Preserving Natural Ecosystems
New systems of value and exchange
The Fab Island Challenge instigated meaningful projects in local communities in Bali by bringing together various profiles.
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.
Existing projects, technologies or methodologies that deal with or might fit into one or more of the challenge areas.
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.
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.
The challenge gathered support from international and local collaborators and built on previous #techforgood and #socialinnovation challenges.
Duwi Arsana - Bamboo U - Nu-Cycle - Plastic Exchange - Kopernik - MIT Center for Bits and Atoms - Fab Foundation - Fab City Foundation - Meaningful Design Group - Fab Lab Barcelona - Distributed Design Platform co-funded by Creative Europe - Precious Plastic - One Army - Global Innovation Gathering - Prakash Lab - CAST Foundation
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.
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.