Jackie Randles manages the NSW program for Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for community engagement with science. She works with community groups, universities, scientists, artists, museums and business leaders to develop initiatives that promote the importance of science and innovation to Australia’s future wellbeing and their relevance to everyday life. With a strong focus on creating links between science and business and reaching new audiences via science engagement programs delivered in community settings, Inspiring Australia works in partnership with dozens of organisations across NSW that collaborate as Regional Science Hubs. Jackie was involved in creating the first citywide Sydney Science Festival to mark National Science Week. Working with the Sydney science and engineering community, she is now seeking to extend its audience and participant reach and bring more scientists, engineers, arts and business leaders into the program to create a high profile festival that celebrates the value of research in Sydney’s innovation culture.