Big Blue Sky | Big Blue Sky - October 7th & 8th 2016
Big Blue Sky is a Gold Coast event on October 7th & 8th 2016 that will bring together the world’s most coveted game-changers in visionary thinking, the UK’s most respected digital leaders, the smartest minds of the Gold Coast and the students lighting the way of our future.
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October 7th and 8th, Sofitel Broadbeach


26 + global changemakers, provocative speakers, panel sessions, inspired action, ignition, games. A 2-day outcome driven event to co-create a future that matters to all of us. Your voice is needed.


Join us to fire up the Gold Coast and co-craft a vibrant community of greater economic diversity and resilience. Help us engage and celebrate the amazing talent already present in our beautiful city and make the difference that counts.


Our Moonshots in 2016 are:

  • Financial Innovation – Community Led Finance
  • Gold Coast recognised as a global City of Sports Excellence 
  • The Future of Education
  • City with Heart – Social Innovation

Who will be there?

Educators, athletes, entertainers, mums and dads, politicians, neighbours, scientists, artists, social innovators, business owners, students ….. passionate people who are not content on waiting for change to happen to them but want to get off the couch and be part of a community that makes things happen.

View Schedule for Friday and Saturday – more speakers yet to be announced

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In 2016 Big Blue Sky’s focus is on leveraging what we already have in abundance and discussing outcomes that have the potential to create centres of excellence for the Gold Coast whilst positively impacting the whole community.
As always our intention is to bring our City together as one to tackle the challenges and opportunities that effect us all in a post industrial fast changing world. We do this to ensure the future for our children and our grandchildren, whilst also maintaining the beautiful environment in which we love to live.
Moonshots enable us to collectively design a future that incorporates the best of what we have with the emergent and unknown – in a way that completely captures the founding DNA of this City.


Featuring Keynote Speakers

Hassan Khan

Founder and CEO Quantius Canada

Dr. Lisa Gowthorp

Assistant Professor Sports Management, Bond University

Cameron Murray

General Manager Commercial & Marketing GOLDOC

Dr Catherine Ball

Environmental Scientist

Dr Richard David Hames

CEO Centre for the Future

Casey Lyons

Co-Founder & Co-CEO of LIVIN

Welcome to the Gold Coast

Australia’s Gold Coast is a city coming of age. Strategically located on the edge of the Asia-Pacific rim, with access to two international airports, the Gold Coast is perfectly positioned as a destination for business, investment, study, sport, events, tourism and lifestyle.

Situated in the south east corner of the state of Queensland, the Gold Coast stretches along 57 kilometres of coastline and is home to over half a million people. Beyond the city’s beautiful beaches are vast, sub-tropical rainforests with breathtaking scenery.

The Gold Coast has developed into a diverse, cosmopolitan, forward-thinking city with a future full of promise. As host city for the Commonwealth GamesTM in 2018, the Gold Coast is embracing transformative civic projects like never before, with more than $13.5 billion in major infrastructure projects planned or underway set to change the face of our city in a way that is distinctly our own.

Sofitel Broadbeach plays host for the 2016 event.

This contemporary ocean style luxury hotel is located in the thriving commercial centre of Broadbeach. Celebrate the vibrant art de vivre amidst the sparkling allure of Australia’s most famed seaside retreat.

Please join us for a Magnifique voyage to the Gold Coast. Experience the French art de vivre blended with the cosmopolitan Australian lifestyle of this diverse and exciting coastal city.


Life is Magnifique in Broadbeach.

Student Sector

Whitney was right when she said ‘ Students were our future’. At Big Blue Sky we understand we can’t talk about the future without involving the people that will lead the way…our students.

This year we are proud to welcome students from the following schools to Big Blue Sky.

Now you’re excited…How can you participate?

Big Blue Sky has been created by the passion and determination of our dedicated team

and great support from our partners and speakers. It does, however, cost a significant

amount to orchestrate a world-class event. We believe our prices are fair and that what you

will receive in return will make it great value for money.

Big Blue Sky 2016


Friday 7th October

8:00am – 6:00pm (provisional)

Saturday 8th October

9:00am – 3:00pm

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach
81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD 4218


Your ticket includes:  

All speakers

All panels

All workshops

Morning tea


Afternoon tea


Your ticket price includes all catering and full attendance to

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October, Sofitel Broadbeach.


Limited number of tickets available – Don’t miss out!


Save $55

2 days for $297 + GST


Current Ticket

Friday October 7th ONLY
$220 (plus GST)




Friday October 7th ONLY
$220 (plus GST)

Saturday October 8th ONLY
$150 (plus GST)


One Day Option

Closes October 7th
$150 (plus GST)


Financial constraints?

Working around number restrictions, our intent is to make Big Blue Sky as inclusive as feasible. If the monetary fee is prohibitive for you we can consider other ways to enable participation. Please email us at with the subject line “IA for participation” and we will work to find a way for you to participate.

Event Sponsors

If you would like to partner with Big Blue Sky please contact us here.


Big Blue Sky Festival – Gold Coast 7th & 8th October 2016

Dr Christine McDougall  |  Co-Founder
M +61 414 384 000
Lou McGregor |  Co-Founder
M +61 422 374 127

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