Founder & Chairman of XPrize Foundation
Co-founder & Director of HeroX

Announcing the Island of Happiness Webinar

The global interest in the webinar was incredible. Thank you for your contribution. If you’ve missed our webinar please check the recording here.


A 45-minute webinar with a Q&A session on November 28th at 9:00 am (Singapore time)

This is an opportunity to ask Kura Kura Bali team experts your burning questions.

Registration CLOSED.
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Welcome to the Island of Happiness Challenge, a global competition inviting creators and innovators from around the world to partake in the unique eco-development of Kura Kura Bali, a project premised on the concept of Tri Hita Karana for sustainable development and happiness.




The Balinese believe in “Tri Hita Karana” or the Three Ways to Happiness through the harmony of people with people, people with nature and people with the spiritual. “United in Diversity” has aligned the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals around the three harmonies in an elegant SDG Pyramid launched at the United Nations on the UN Day of Happiness.

In keeping with Balinese culture, Kura Kura Bali is looking for ideas in the co-creation of the island’s development aligned with the Tri Hita Karana philosophy:

Wisdom of The Crowd

Ideas Essential to the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy

The first challenge launched through the Hero X platform is the Coastal Design Competition, and it will be followed by a series of sustainability initiatives planned for the Kura Kura Bali Island of Happiness. The Costal Design Competition seeks sustainable, original and mold-breaking designs for sea edge treatments.


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 Kura Kura Bali Island of Happiness is looking to bridge the gap in sustainable seawalls, and that’s where we need new innovative designs.

There has yet to exist a treatment for the sea edge that is sustainably designed without sacrificing an elegant aesthetic. We’re looking to you to propose a new kind of sea edge treatment that can be created first for the Island of Happiness. This may become the new standard for sea edge treatments in the rest of Indonesian archipelago in collaboration with the United Nations global initiative Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, that are invited to take part in the judging process. There will also be great visibility globally for this competition.




The Island of Happiness Coastal Design Competition is offering up to $180,000 for prizes and prototype development. The money is just the beginning though. 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.


Potential happiness job in the Island of Happiness, based on availability. 


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, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Udayana University,  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.




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 and we welcome you to join this movement. Included in that group is Unilever CEO Paul Polman, legendary American record producer, Quincy Jones, and many more.


This is your opportunity to be part of a global community that provides a unique chance to collaborate in realizing Kura Kura Bali Island of Happiness’ development.