FWD›››24

31 July - 2 August

Thriving in Paradise

3 Days

99 Speakers

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

Forward Fest 24: Thriving in Paradise

A Three-Day Business Festival

Join us on the Sunshine Coast for Forward Fest 24, a premier three-day business festival designed to unite local businesses, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and government representatives, along with state, national, and international delegates.

Under the theme "Thriving in Paradise", this year’s festival will foster a vibrant atmosphere for collaboration, learning, and shared achievements. With five key tracks—EMERGE, SCALE, INVEST, CLIMATE, and HEALTH—featuring keynote speakers, industry panels, Q&A sessions, and exclusive networking events, attendees will gain valuable insights into emerging trends, technological breakthroughs, and transformative health solutions.

Forward Fest 24 is your gateway to expanding your network, driving your business forward, and celebrating in style. Engage in private VIP dinners, an Executive Day, and a Gala Dinner while exploring new opportunities for growth and investment. Showcase the potential of the Sunshine Coast to lead Australia's key emerging industries, leveraging our region's talent, infrastructure, and natural resources.

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What is Forward Fest all about?

Forward Fest is a dynamic business festival held on the Sunshine Coast, uniting entrepreneurs, small business owners, investors, researchers, policymakers, government officials, intrapreneurs, and students from local, national, and international spheres, fostering invaluable networking opportunities and knowledge exchange.

Event tracks

What to see at this year's Forward Fest

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Climate

The intersection of technology and environmental sustainability, highlighting innovative solutions and strategies to combat climate change.

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Emerging

Showcasing the forefront of technological advancements, emphasising how these innovations are transforming sectors.

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Health

Track explores technology advancements, emphasising the transformative potential of Extended Reality (XR) & Virtual Reality (VR), address global health challenges.

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Invest

Dedicated to exploring investment landscapes, uncovering emerging trends, and networking opportunities for startups.

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Scale

Focuses on scaling technology within businesses to foster innovation & enhance cybersecurity.

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Speakers

Who will be attending

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Aaron Birbky

Co-Founder of Tribe Global

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Alan Hegerty

Managing Director Impactus Advisory & Director of Silicon Coast

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Alezeia Brown

Investment Manager, Main Sequence

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Ant Moorhouse

Co Founder of EarthTech

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Ben Johnson

Founder of Flower Group & Josephmark

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Brad Chesham

CEO Bundle of Rays

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Bryton Wishart

Co-Founder of VINTI Tech & Director of Silicon Coast

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Charlotte Connell

Ambassador of Greenhouse

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Chris Boden

Director, Peregian Digital Hub

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Chris Le Serve

Senior Executive with extensive commercial and transaction experience in both the private and public sector in a range of geographies and industries.

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Craig ‘CJ’ Josic

Co-Founder Silicon Coast & Forward Fest

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Dave Clare

Founder of Circle Leadership

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Pay it forward

A festival of innovation and tech

Help grow the capacity of our youth by Paying it Forward

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

Pricing

Ticket Packages

Festival

FWD›››DAY ONE

Early Bird

$325

RRP $455

  • Day One Only
  • Breakfast to Connector
  • Expo & Innovation Showcase

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FWD›››DAY TWO

Early Bird

$325

RRP $455

  • Day 2 Only
  • Breakfast to Connector
  • Expo & Innovation Showcase

Networking

FWD›››EXECUTIVE

Early Bird

$995

RRP $1,195

  • Day 3 Only
  • All inclusive
  • Gala Dinner

Networking

FWD›››INCLUSIVE

Early Bird

$495

RRP $675

  • Day 1 and 2 all inclusive
  • Breakfast to Connector
  • Expo & Innovation Showcase
  • VIP Dinner Only by Invitation

Festival

FWD›››INTENSIVE

Early Bird

$1,490

RRP $1,870

  • Day 1, 2 and 3
  • All inclusive special events, Plus VIP and Gala dinner

FWD›››Venture Forward

SOLD OUT

Invite Only

Altitude Nine

Our keynote speaker will be sharing insights on the future of the Sunshine Coast, while Kathryn Giudes, the chair of Silicon Coast, will officially launch Forward Fest 24.

Directions

How to get here

TAFE Queensland Mooloolaba campus

34 Lady Musgrave Dr, Mountain Creek QLD 4557

TAFE Queensland Mooloolaba campus - 34 Lady Musgrave Dr, Mountain Creek QLD 4557

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31 JULY - 2 AUGUST 2024 Sunshine Coast

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Acknowledgement of Country

Silicon Coast and partners pays our deepest respect to the Traditional Custodians of this country; the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara peoples of the coastal plains and hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast, as we honor them as the original storytellers, innovators, and custodians of this land, embracing their wisdom to innovate while respecting the sacred ground on which it takes place.

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