FoBI is a festival with a difference. Created for our community, FoBI is an inclusive celebration of  the Tasmanian science sector showcasing engaging hands-on activities, displays, workshops, performances, lectures and tours. It focuses on innovative and inspiring aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) with a view to providing an educational, aspirational and family friendly experience for Hobart residents and visitors.

Located in Princes Wharf 1 in Hobart, FoBI incorporates a Schools Day and a public day coinciding with the adjacent Salamanca Markets.

Diverse organisations and business from the Tasmanian STEM sector provide festival content that is both engaging (hands-on) and educational and promotes science and science careers as important, achievable and locally relevant.

Launched in 2015, FoBI has been supported by 50+ local STEM affiliated organisations and attracted an audience of 9400 people for the 2018 festival.

Our mission is:

  • To celebrate the important role that STEM* disciplines play in our everyday lives
  • To acknowledge the value and strengths of the Tasmanian STEM sector
  • To inspire Tasmanian youth, igniting the aspirations of students to pursue an interest in STEM
  • To cultivate the curiosity of life-long learners of all ages
  • To encourage and partner with STEM organisations  to share this vision of an engaged and informed community

The STEM disciplines will be the bridge that carries us towards a bright, solutions focussed and innovative future. The Festival of Bright Ideas, through collaboration with leading Tasmanian STEM professionals, academics, education providers, and community leaders, seeks to make that future accessible to everyone.