Gold Coasters encouraged to look to the Big Blue Sky

Big Blue Sky will be returning with a bang to the Gold Coast this year with an incredible lineup of speakers set to the hit the stage at Sofitel Resort on October 7 and 8.

Created by entrepreneur Christine McDougall and business leader Lou McGregor, the event brings together leaders from a cross-section of industries to work directly with the community, government, entrepreneurs, creatives, students and business leaders to co-create “Moonshot Projects” that will build a better city in years to come.

A Moonshot Project is exactly as it sounds – an aspirational project that shoots for the moon! This year, these projects will focus on financial innovation, education for a post industrial age, the Gold Coast as a world sports centre of excellence, social innovation, and arts and culture.


“Big Blue Sky is not a conference. It is a meeting of the minds, an examination of what is happening around the world, a disruption of thinking and a ‘roll your sleeves up’ to determine our best possible future,” explained Co-founder McDougall.

Cr Hermann Vorster said the City of Gold Coast are excited to be involved in the event and believe it is a great initiative for the City. “It was a very natural fit for us, we’ve got an economic development strategy but we don’t want to impose our vision for the city, we want to breathe life into the collective aspirations of the Gold Coast and that’s what Big Blue Sky’s about,” he  said.

Big Blue Sky 2016 has been gaining incredible momentum with additional support from Griffith University, Bond University, Emmanuel College, Bartercard, Regional Development Australia, P’s in a Pod and Fast Proof Press. Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Big Blue Sky Event, which is being held at the Sofitel Resort, Broadbeach, 7 – 8 October. For tickets visit