8–12 May 2023

Sunshine Coast

5 Days

100Speakers

Join us for a dynamic & engaging business festival of ideas, creativity, & technology

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What is Forward Fest all about?

Discover the Future of Business at Forward Fest 2023!

Join over 1000 of attendees from diverse backgrounds for 5 days of insightful discussions and valuable networking opportunities. Hosted by Silicon Coast, Forward Fest promises to bring you over 100 expert speakers, 25 industry analyses, and three key themes: Innovation and Technology, Customer Experience and Marketing, and Skills of the Future.

Immerse yourself in the latest business insights, gain practical skills, and network with like-minded individuals. Discover the discipline, resilience, and grit required to succeed in today's competitive business landscape.

Don't miss this opportunity to transform the way you do business. Forward Fest is affordably priced to make this valuable educational experience accessible to everyone. Register now to secure your spot at this unique event, where innovative ideas and new connections are waiting to be made.

Event Speakers

Who to see at this years Forward Fest

BreakFWD›Fast

Daniel Flynn

Thankyou

SDG

coming soon

AI

coming soon

AG

Ben Johnson

 

GEN

coming soon

SME

coming soon

Invest

Wayne Gerard

QIC Operating Partner

Export

coming soon

Cyber Security

coming soon

Smart

coming soon

Tech

coming soon

32

coming soon

Research

coming soon

AM

Will Shrapnel

Helimods

FWD›Feast

Julia Spicer

2023 Qld Chief Entrepreneur

Event Tracks

Diverse Line Up

Day 1

MON 8th

Day 2

TUE 9th

Day 3

WED 10th

Day 4

THU 11th

Day 5

FRI 12th

Events

@Peregian DigitalHub

9AM - 4PM

AI

AI

@Venue114

From 7AM

BreakFWD›Fast

BreakFWD›Fast

10AM - 4PM

Expo

Expo

10AM - 4PM

Expo

Expo

@Maroochydore

9AM - 4PM

CNX

CNX

9AM - 4PM

SDGs

SDGs

9AM - 4PM

Research

Research

9AM - 4PM

Tech

9AM - 4PM

FWD›32

9AM - 4PM

Invest

9AM - 4PM

Adv. Manufacturing

Adv. Manufacturing

Main Stage

9AM - 4PM

SME

9AM - 4PM

Gen

9AM - 4PM

Ag.Tech

Stage 2

9AM - 4PM

Smart

9AM - 4PM

Export

Events

@Peregian DigitalHub

From 4:30PM

FWD›Sunset

FWD›Sunset

@Venue114

From 4:30PM

Budget

Budget

@Venue114

From 4:30PM

PITCH›FWD

PITCH›FWD

@AustraliaZoo

From 5:30PM

FWD›FEAST

FWD›FEAST

Pay it forward

5 days of innovation and tech

Help grow the capacity our youth by Paying it Forward.

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In the tradition of Silicon Coast Give First ethos, Forward Fest’s Pay It Forward program enables deserving organisations and individuals to relish in this unique learning experience to build local capacity.

Forward Fest’s Pay It Forward program empowers everyone from individuals to corporate giants to give back to the community.

Simply add the Pay It Forward item to your purchase when buying a ticket or contact the sponsorship team at[email protected]

Pricing

Ticket Packages
networking

BreakFWD

Early Bird

$55

$65(FROM APRIL 9th)

TUE 9th, 7:30AM @ Venue 114

  • Breakfast @7.30AM
  • Launching FWDFEST
  • Networking, Collaboration & Prizes
  • Special Guest & Keynote Speaker Daniel Flynn, Managing Director & Co-founder @ Thankyou
festival

One Day Pass

Early Bird

$149

$249(FROM APRIL 9th)

9 AM - 4 PM @ Venue 114

Single day pass with choice of:

  • MON: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Sunset Networking
  • TUE: UN Sustainable (SDGs), SME, FWD 32, Smart City
  • WED: FWD Expo, Research, Invest, FWD GEN, Pitch FWD
  • THUR: FWD Expo, Tech, AgTech, Export, Advance. Manuf
festival

FWD›Day Pass

Early Bird

$596

$747(FROM APRIL 9th)

9 AM - 4 PM @ Venue 114

FWD day pass with access to VIP areas, all daily Tracks and Sessions

  • MON: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Sunset Networking
  • TUE: UN Sustainable (SDGs), SME, FWD 32, Smart City
  • WED: FWD Expo, Research, Invest, FWD GEN, Pitch FWD
  • THUR: FWD Expo, Tech, AgTech, Export, Advance. Manuf
networking

FWD›SUNSET

Limited Tickets Available

FREE

MON 10th, 4:30PM @ Peregian Digital Hub

An unforgettable business sunset & networking event with like-minded professionals. Be part of the excitement as we kick off a new era of innovation, growth and success!

  • Sunset Drinks @4.30 PM
  • Launching FWD FEST
  • Networking, Collaboration & Prizes
  • Special Guests & Keynote Speaker Julia Spicer Queensland's fifth Chief Entrepreneur
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FWD›BUDGET

Early Bird

$45

$55(FROM APRIL 9th)

TUE 9th, 4:30PM @ Venue 114

Discover how the 2023 Australian Federal Budget will impact your business

  • Sunset Drinks @4.30 PM
  • Launching FWD EXPO
  • Networking, Collaboration & Prizes

Pitch›FWD

Limited Tickets Available

FREE

WED 10th, 4:30PM @ Venue 114

Pitch your business to a panel of industry experts and potential investors

  • Sunset Drinks & Nibblers
  • Launching FWD EXPO
  • Networking, Collaboration & Prizes

FWD›FEAST

Join Waiting List

SOLD OUT

THU 11th, 5:30PM @ Australia Zoo - Warrior Restaurant

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dine at the new Warrior Restaurant & Bar, overlooking native wildlife at Australia Zoo.

  • Poolside Sunset Drinks @5.00 PM
  • Launching FWD›FEST 24
  • FWD Partners & Guests
  • Special VIP guests & local, state and federal government officials

FWD›CNX

Join Waiting List

SOLD OUT

FRI 12th, 8:00AM @ Maroochydore City

The Queensland Connects event looks to solve regional challenges with innovation ecosystem leaders and unlock sectoral or regional opportunities, inspiring growth and connection across industries.

  • Lunch & Refreshments
  • Networking & Collaboration
  • Special Guests & Workshop
  • Launching FWD›FEST 24