We believe that rural businesses & communities can THRIVE!
EMPOWERING small businesses & communities to connect, create and GROW
through INNOVATION and COLLABORATION is what we do!
WHAT YOU JUST MISSED
Dark Sky Innovations was delighted to partner with ANU and the StarFest committee to bring an engaging 3 weeks of FUN in a StarFest themed gigantic scavenger hunt!
“This whole experience has been amazing! We have laughed, learned, created, experimented, written songs, played instruments, observed the moon, studied stars, joined the library, and used our imaginations." Jody Styles StarFest GooseChaser
"The StarFest GooseChase was an outstanding success. People of all ages and backgrounds joined the chase, and the 100+ missions were interesting, entertaining, as well as educational. Dark Sky Innovations did fantastic work in promoting and running the event, and in creating all of the content.
COVID-19 has had a profound effect on the way we work, live, and travel. This year, the Observatory could not hold Open Day, as it has done every year for at least a decade. Held during the Saturday of October Labour Day long weekend, the event attracts about 2,000 visitors. We are very much looking forward to holding Open Day next year, so that we can show the work of the Observatory to the public, and we are equally looking forward to having another GooseChase around the time of Open Day as well."
StarFest Committee Chair
A/Professor Chris Lidman
Director, Siding Spring Observatory, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics,
The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Dark Sky Innovations reached out to other Rural businesses to join together to support and connect with those in COVID Lockdown.
The 'COVID Sanity Goose Chase' was for families and friends to play Australia Wide even if in lock down. To stay safe and have fun... joining in the FUN through a virtual game to play with extended family and friends whether interstate or just in your own home. Stay COVID safe and still connected.
“Do it! It's so fun and has out of the box ideas to brighten up your day. Particularly during school holidays/iso” The Backs COVID Sanity GooseChasers
“It is a great exciting experience and definitely worth it.” The Silly Sinclairs COVID Sanity GooseChaser
See Details on our COVID SANITY GooseChase page.
What We Do
We love collaborating and innovating with other businesses to host events and grow your business so that you, your business & your community can THRIVE!
We work alongside your business to help grow your business through a tailored program of support whether it be website development, social media, marketing and online communications.
We specialise in online communication, particularly webinar facilitation and online community connection.
We assist you in working on your business goals and vision and we help you connect with the right people to grow your business.
How We Work
We work in collaboration with other rural businesses to that we all thrive. Tapping into experts when we need them, partnering with those with expertise and growing together.
We work by connecting online & in person.
Why Dark Sky Innovations?
We are based in the NSW rural community of Coonabarabran which is adjacent to Australia's first internationally recognised International Dark Sky Park -the Warrumbungle Dark Sky Park. We love our Dark Skies and the enormity of potential we can see and not yet see!
Innovation is our passion and we work not only in our community but with businesses across Australia and internationally.
Who We Are
Well firstly Dark Sky Innovations is a registered business by Vivian Evans.
Vivian Evans is based in Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia who connects and collaborates with a variety of individuals and teams across rural Australia and beyond who support her to support you and your business to thrive and succeed.
Vivian has over 30 years experience as an educator and over 10 years in online education being qualified Synchronous Learning Expert.
What We Believe
We believe that rural businesses and communities can THRIVE!
Empowering individuals to connect, create, collaborate and innovate is what we do.
We are supporters of business innovation and growth in rural communities.
Our focus for 2020
In 2020 we have a focus of growing 10 local businesses in Coonabarabran, whilst working with our existing partners THE Rural Woman.
With current changes due to impacts from Covid19 we are busier than ever assisting communities and projects to shift thinking and create possibilities to connect and collaborate despite restrictions.
We are excited to be bringing together engaging Goose Chase Scavenger Hunts for Community connection, upcoming Festivals and more. We are discovering, with others, that there are a lot of positives that can come out of big challenges like we are currently facing.
“The StarFest GooseChase was an outstanding success. People of all ages and backgrounds joined the chase, and the 100+ missions were interesting, entertaining, as well as educational. Dark Sky Innovations did fantastic work in promoting and running the event, and in creating all of the content."
A/Professor Chris Lidman / Director, Siding Spring Observatory, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics / The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Amazing! We had so much fun taking part, it was a fantastic event. We will definitely be making our way out to Coonabarabran next year, can’t wait! Congratulations to the top 5 and thank you to all the awesome teams who took part, we loved playing with you all and seeing all the funny and creative entries, and to the amazing DSI team who put in so much work and dedication to make it all happen.”
Jodie Styles - Starry Styles Team StarFest GooseChasers
”Just join in! It's addictive - you try one mission, then another and another and soon enough you and a bunch of friends have a funky team name, a complex colour-coded spreadsheet and a group chat and you're scheduling Zoom calls because you actually want to! #MelbourneLockdown2020”
'Hogwarts Staff Room' Team StarFest GooseChasers
”We've signed up and have jumped in, even the two teen zombies have joined in. Lots of family fun and space learning for everyone.”
'Sirius Prodigies' Team StarFest GooseChasers
”Because it is loads of fun and the chance to go crazy!”
”A social media app that is bringing family and friends of all ages together in the name of fun, education and adventure. This is just what 2020 needs! You really should get involved”
”Do it! It's so fun and has out of the box ideas to brighten up your day. Particularly during school holidays/iso” The Backs COVID Sanity GooseChasers”
“It is a great exciting experience and definitely worth it.”
The Silly Sinclairs COVID Sanity GooseChase