Our Vision

FWD›››24 and beyond

In 2024, Silicon Coast proudly presents FORWARD FEST, a premier business festival aimed at elevating thought leadership, fostering growth, and addressing critical issues to ensure the safety and prosperity of our thriving ecosystem.



What is FWD›››Fest?

Thriving in Paradise

Building upon the success of 2023, FORWARD FEST 24 brings together local businesses, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and governments with state, national, and international delegates, and speakers, creating an environment ripe for collaboration, learning, and mutual success.

With the overarching theme of "Thriving in Paradise," this year's festival emphasises the allure of our vibrant ecosystem while showcasing our commitment to innovation, sustainability, and human connection.

The Sunshine Coast is the entrepreneurship capital of Australia, based on the proportion of the workforce who owned their own business"
Bernard Salt, Australia's leading social commentator


Launch Event

Get ready as we launch ForwardFest 2024

Dates and Location

Wednesday 31st July - Friday 2nd August 2024

Forward Fest 24 focuses on five core streams, each offering invaluable insights into emerging trends, technological advancements, investment landscapes, environmental sustainability, and transformative health solutions crucial for business sustainability and growth in today's rapidly evolving world.

Dates: Wednesday 31st July – Friday 2nd August 2024 Location: TAFE Queensland, 34 Lady Musgrave Drive, Mountain Creek

FWD›››24 attracting over 1,200 unique visitors expect this years event to sell out.

FWD›››24 Tracks



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




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




Forward Fest 2023




Forward Fest 2024




Forward Fest 2025


Additional activities

Want more?

Additionally, FWD›››FEST will include an array of activities:

  • Business Lounge #workfromFWDFEST
  • Innovation Showcase & Expo – Day 1 & 2 (targeted industry groups and chambers of commerce)
  • Social events to connect national and international guests with Industry Groups and Chambers of Commerce
  • VIP Dinner/s – Invitation Only + Pre- Advance Queensland / Forward Fest Invitation Only VIP Dinner
  • Gala Dinner – As part of Executive ticket and some possible additional sales subject to capacity

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.

Thank you for your support

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