Island of Happiness Coastal Design Competition

Propose a new, sustainable approach to seawall design and construction. Read Overview...

Creating the Island of Happiness

The search for harmony between people and their environment is timeless, but our successes have traditionally come with a negative impact on the environment. Seawalls have been no exception to this legacy, but their function of protection from storms and erosion remains a vital need. That’s why The Island of Happiness is looking to bridge the gap in sustainable seawalls, and that’s where we need original, mold-breaking designs.

There has yet to exist a treatment for the sea edge that is sustainably designed without sacrificing an elegant aesthetic. Your challenge is to propose a new kind of sea edge treatment that can be created first for the Island of Happiness, and eventually become the new standard for sea edge treatments in the rest of Indonesia and possibly other parts of the world.


Prize Summary

Prizes will be awarded to leading innovators in both the ideation and prototype phases. However, the money is just the beginning. Winners of the ideation phase who advance into prototyping will travel to the Island of Happiness to collaborate with Kura Kura Bali and other firms to develop and test their prototype (all expenses paid).

Other prizes may include

  • Recognition at the United Nations Global Initiative Sustainable Development Solutions Network
  • Recognition in the Shanghai Gallery of Art at Three on the Bund
  • Scholarship (subject to meeting admission criteria) to enroll in UID’s flagship leadership development course conducted in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management, or other courses at our partners Tsinghua University, Bandung Institute of Technology, Paramadina University and University of Indonesia
  • Potential happiness job in the Island of Happiness, based on availability
  • The opportunity to apply your solution to seawalls in different parts of the Indonesian Archipelago


You’re in Good Company

There are a number of remarkable, accomplished individuals who have recognized the need for breakthroughs in sustainable development and endorsed the UN Sustainable Development Goals Pyramid initiative and we welcome you to join this movement. Included in that group is Unilever CEO Paul Polman, legendary American record producer, Quincy Jones, and former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres, and many more.

This competition serves a vision that embraces an economically and ecologically sound approach to development, best described by the minds behind Better Business, Better World. Isn’t it about time we prove this can be done and show others what’s possible?


What you can do right now:

  • Click "Accept Challenge" above to register for the challenge and view the submission form.
  • Click on the "Share" button above to share this challenge with your friends, your family, or anyone you know who has a passion for the coastal environment, engineering, or sustainability.
  • Leave a comment in the Forum to join the conversation, ask questions or connect with other innovators.


Want to learn more?

The Island of Happiness seeks to create a model community based on the principles of the Balinese belief in the Three Ways to Happiness: harmony with people, with nature, and with spiritual in all aspects of living. You can learn more about it and how it has been translated into a sustainable design framework by following this link. To this end, both the design and implementation of all projects must enhance and help maintain the natural beauty and culture of the island, and allow for further implementation and/or scale to other locations, worldwide.

If this sounds like the right kind of challenge for your aspirations, click the “Accept Challenge” button on the top of the page to sign up, view the submission form and stay informed on the latest developments and resources for competing!  

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Team Members Announcement

April 3, 2018, 2:08 p.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

It is with great excitement that we are announcing the teaming structure of the Coastal Design Challenge - Final Prototype Stage:

Team 1:

  1. Adi Neuman
  2. Hugo Shelly
  3. BioInspired Argentina
  4. Arjen Luijendijk, Deltares


Team 2:

  1. Anna Miles
  2. Giles Sarrailhé, PowerCem Technologies
  3. Mario Valente

We are thrilled the prototype development and testing has started and we look forward to October 2018 when we will announce the winners of the Prototyping Phase.

Congratulations to our winners!

March 15, 2018, 8 a.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

What an amazing Ideation phase journey we have had so far! Teams from 24 countries across continents have competed to develop a solution for sustainable sea walls, which can be created first for the Island of Happiness, and potentially become the new standard for sea edge treatments in Bali for the world!

We are grateful to have received 42 submissions. We were so impressed with the calibre of submissions and shortlisting the entries was such a challenge that we are awarding a total of 7 prizes – 4 more prizes than originally planned for appreciation of the high calibre of participants!

We are awarding three winners of the ideation phase and four additional prizes.  Two teams will be assembled to collaborate for the next phase of PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING. They will be encouraged to collaborate combining aesthetics, technical expertise, and material science to achieve a prototype ready for implementation in the spirit of SDGs 17 Goals. Kura Kura Bali will allocate a total of up to $140,000 to cover all prototypes development and building costs in addition to travel, accommodation, food etc. and a $25,000 Tri Hita Karana Coastal Design Grand Prize for the successful solution.


After careful review by our international judging panel, we are proud to announce the 3 prize winners for the Ideation phase as follows:


Anna Miles - The Living Edge

(United Arab Emirates)

Conceived through a process of understanding Cultural and philosophical traditions; inspired by the ubiquitous ‘hexagon’ found in Nature; and Creating a solution that becomes a living part of the environment… “The Living Edge” is more than a wall that protects the coast line from coastal erosion; it creates an environment that can be physically accessed and explored. Designed first and foremost as a visually attractive, permeable and interactive edge that prioritises habitat creation and increases biodiversity; it also stabilises and protects the coast line from erosion.


ECOncrete - Gateway to Happiness

(Israel, USA)

Team members: Ido Sella; Andrew Rella; Shimrit; Perkol-Finkel; Adi Neuman

Gateway to Happiness bridges the gap between development and sustainability by providing a robust coastal defence solution, which revives ecology while inviting and connecting local communities to the shoreline. Rather than building a massive wall between people and the water, our project embraces the water, facilitating public engagement with the marine ecosystem, and providing enhanced physical and visual access to the water.



Hugo Shelley- The world's first carbon-neutral seawall

(United Kingdom)

The extruded profiles appear as a series of columns, supporting a lower promenade that echoes the curved roofs of traditional Balinese architecture. Downlighting can be used to accentuate these features, giving the impression of a walkway suspended on columns of light. The wall is composed of 50% sengon sawdust and 50% biopolymer. Sengon sawdust is a byproduct of the Indonesian plywood industry. HDPE biopolymer is derived from sugarcane, a renewable raw material. This composite material is extruded to form an interlocking profile that has been developed specifically for the Kura Kura Bali project.



Impressed by the other great submissions, Kura Kura Bali Island of Happiness has decided to award four additional Kura Kura Bali Coastal Design Honourable Mentions:

Arjen Luijendijk, Deltares (The Netherlands) - The Green Lagoon- $1,000

A creative submission following the Balinese culture of “harmony with nature”

BioInspired (Argentina) - KLS: Kehidupan Laut Seawall, inspired by Nature - $1,000

A marine life friendly, biomorphic seawall design with jetting assisted technology, inspired by Nature: razor clam, coral reef and sea turtle.

Team members: Charly  Karamanian and Alejandro Bollana

Gilles Sarrailhe's Team,PowerCem Technologies (The Netherlands) - Integral solution to connect Bali with the Sea - $1,000

A Seawall solution that proves a symbiosis between “enjoying” and “preserving”  nature for generations to come

Mario Valente ( United Arab Emirates) - 2,000 year design life Roman seawall -- $1,000

      A solution used 2,000 years ago, when Romans recycled natural volcanic pozzolans to build seawalls that still stand  strong today.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Diamandis and the HeroX team, Quincy Jones and Figueres Christiana, ICC  Secretary General John Danilovich; all of the community innovators; our judges: Ridwan Djamaluddin and the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs’ team; Andrew Potts and Amin Rasidi, Bali Turtle Island Development; Konstantina Rappo, Camper & Nicholsons; Lim Kok Kim, KK Lim & Associates PTE LTD; Mark Chambers, New York Mayor's Office of Sustainability; Patrick C Augustin, Perunding FAISAL, ABRAHAM dan AUGUSTIN sdn. Bhd.; our partners UN SDSN; United in Diversity; GITI; Business & Sustainable Development Commission; International Chamber of Commerce, and our colleagues who contributed to the challenge.

Without you, we would not have begun on this global crowdsourcing journey to Happiness, one challenge at a time.

Stay tuned for more details on the teams' assembly will follow.

Later edit: We really appreciate all the innovators submissions and we would like to thank them again for sharing their ideas with us:  Aghilan Mayan- India; Andra Cretu- Romania; Arwin Abaigar AJA's team- Philippines; Alberto Martorana- Hong Kong; Chris Williams- USA; Chri M- Tanzania; Daryl Procinsky's team: Curtis Hrdlicka &Daryl Procinsky- Canada; George Bigger- USA;  Jeffery Bird- USA;  Kaiming She- United Kingdom; Keith McCormic- USA; Kamal Farzaneh- Iran; Kris Buote’s team: Victor Ivan, Allier Ortiz, Jared Holitski, Kris Buote, Ty Hartwig- Canada; Kityue Kan- USA; Kashyap Gohel's team- Kenya; Kelly Thomas- United States;  Luis Humberto Vanegas Niño- Columbia; Matias Alejandro Ruiz Muñoz- Argentina;  Md Mahfuzar Rahman- Bangladesh; Manuel Muñoz Saiz-Spain; Michael Godden- Grenada; my181iq.; Naturale Desalination- USA; Nagendra Kumar Bhoopanam- India; Nishat Meeran- India; Nishan Vijayaratnam-Switzerland; Pablo Vallejo-Costa Rica; Robert Sweeney-Canada; Robens Molaire- Dominican Republic; Rolly Alvarez- The Philippines; Sami Ellafi- Germany; Shahrooz Guilani-USA; Shane Ferkovich-USA; Vu Quang Thanh-Vietnam; Weny Sihombing- Indonesia;  Yutaka Tengan- Japan.


Announcing our final judge, Amin Rasidi!

Jan. 25, 2018, 4:18 p.m. PST by Kyla Jeffrey

Amin Rasidi

Senior Vice President of Planning and Design, Kura Kura Bali


Amin Rasidi joins PT Kura Kura Bali as the Senior Vice President of Planning and Design in 2018. From 2013 to 2017, Amin was the head of the master planning team at Aldar Properties, which merged with Sorouh Real Estate to become Abu Dhabi’s biggest property developer. While at Sorouh, Amin was its Director of Planning & (Acting Director of) Design.

Amin has been active in the real estate industry for 25 years, developing projects in the UAE, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, many of which are waterfront and tourism developments.

Prior to joining Sorouh, Amin worked with three related companies – Sentosa Development Corp, Sentosa Cove Pte Ltd and Sentosa Leisure Group – in developing Singapore’s Sentosa Island. As part of his roles, Amin authored the Sentosa Cove Development Guidelines and was a key player in the development’s early land sale launches.

In between working with Sentosa and Sorouh, Amin worked for Teo A. Khing Design Consultants in Singapore and Dubai. Amin was the consultant firm’s team leader in the master planning of Palm Jebel Ali (Palm Island 2) and Palm Deira (Palm Island 3) in Dubai.

In Aldar, Amin was instrumental in a number of Aldar master developments – especially the legacy projects of Shams (on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island) and Yas Island – where a Detailed Master Plan and a Framework Plan respectively were approved by the authority for the first time in the ten-year history of these projects.

Amin is the author of “Benchmark Places: Dubai – Singapore” (ISBN 978-9948-17-366-3), a planning, design and travel book published in 2014.

12 hours remaining to submit!

Jan. 17, 2018, 8:59 p.m. PST by Kyla Jeffrey

If you're still assembling your submission, you have exactly 12 hours left to complete it!

Final Tip: All submission form questions marked with an astericks (*) are required. Once you complete all required fields click "Save and Preview." On the preview page, ensure you click "Submit Final Entry." If you do not do this, we will not receive your submission!

Two Days to Submission Close

Jan. 15, 2018, 9 p.m. PST by Maureen Murtha

This is your official two-day reminder!

Two days and 11 hours to be exact! That's right, the Happiness Challenge will be closing on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST

Please be sure to complete your submission form well before the exact cut-off time.

At exactly 11:59 pm EST, we can no longer accept new submissions!

Got questions?

Now is the time to speak up! Comment directly on this update with any questions about the submission process and we'll get back to you right away!

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