Seeking Innovations to Suppress Inland and Peatland Forest Fire
XFire Innovation Challengehttps://magicactivate.com/challenge/12
In hope of reducing the catastrophic impact of forest fire, WWF-Malaysia in collaboration with Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), Sabah State Forestry Department (SFD), Institute Of Tropical Forestry And Forest Products (INTROP) of Universiti Putra Malaysia and Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (JBPM) is organizing a prize challenge called the XFire Innovation Challenge.
The Challenge seeks scalable technological solutions to suppress large wildfires in Southeast Asia’s inland and peatland forest. The winning team will transform firefighting in remote forests with solution which can be deployed from a permanent or mobile base to a distance of 50 km within 4 hours in bad air quality, and suppress an uncontrollable fire in 48 hours. The XFire Challenge will reduce deforestation, carbon emission, respiratory health issues and economic loss caused by forest fires and resultant haze.
There are 2 focus areas: Inland Forest and Peatland Forest. Participating teams may design for solution to address either or both focus areas. The challenge is hosted on the ACTIVATE platform of the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC). It will be conducted in three phases, i.e:
- Phase 1 focuses on ideation, a Proof of Concept must be submitted by end of June 2019, where participants explain the concept, technology, set up and pre-conditions for the innovation in written and video format.
- Phase 2: Prototype, where participants will have to submit technical description and a video showing a prototype, how it works and ease of deployment.
- Phase 3: On-site Lab and Testing, and there will be a sponsored on-site lab with testing facility which will involve suppressing real fires.
The challenge is now open. Applicants must be of age 18 years old or older and can be from an individual, a team, startup or institution. For more details and to participate, visit MagicActivate.com