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Pause 2017


Wed 8 Feb 2017, 8:00am

Where: Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages


Pause is Australia's premier creative, tech and business festival empowering creators since 2011. Pause is the platform for the future. A re-engineered experience designed with the curious in mind, Pause is retooled and ready for exploration, connection and creative collision. A new age of smart events has begun.

39 Speakers, 96 panelists, 14 Workshops, 23 Experiences, 75 Startups, 3 Days - 1 Location

Pause 2017 is set to explode across three venues over three days. Jam-packed with panels, workshops, masterclasses and experiences, our programme is geared up to fuel your imagination. See the new new thing at the Startup Expo, product launches, pitch sessions and interactive installations. Meet your next creative partner in our co-working centre, jobs market or chill out lounge.

Creative Day - Make ideas happen: Creativity is an experience that needs to come alive beyond a brief. At the intersection of creative and technology, creatives are redefining the process of making ideas tangible.

Tech Day - Develop successful products: Without creativity or business, technology is for the sake of technology. But with every exciting step forward, there are consequences, risks and endless opportunities.

Business Day - Master disruption: Moments of change can define a business. Digital disruption is both a threat and an opportunity. Innovation is no longer optional. But can the old and new exist in harmony?


NASA, The Mill, frog, x-Magic Leap, Lucasfilm, Thumbtack, SXSW, Fast Company, Etsy, IMB, AwardSchool, HAX Accelerator, Google, x-Space X, Tesla, Hexo+, Covo, Buro North, Scale Investors, Oursay, Airly, Socal Traders, VicHyper, Code Like A Girl, Isobar and 100 more.


This year we brought all satellite events into a three-day experience at Fed Square, on three stages with purpose-designed spaces for co-working, networking, refuelling and just chilling.

- Get face time with your heroes, international leaders and rising stars (did someone say NASA?)
- Three full days of thematically curated and information-rich, workshops, panels, keynotes and masterclasses.
- Find your game changer with engineered networking sessions.
- Get the career edge, meet the experts, catch a ride from an investor in an Uber and find your next obsession.
- Be the first to experience the very best in new products and ideas at the Startup Expo.
- Sync up at the fuelling station, exclusive co-working lounge and job market, or get horizontal in the Big Chill.
- Crowd-source a good time with our exclusive Opening and Closing Party, VIP Dinner, SXSW 2017 Meetup, 3D Printed Breakfast, Mindfulness Moment, Silicon Block Party, Business Breakfast and more.
- Engineered to give you the best Pause possible, experience the flow of people-centred design in action.


We’re bringing the future straight to the Deakin Edge Stage, with presentations from local and international thought leaders. The boldest and bravest will strut their stuff on the startup-centred ACMI Cube Stage. Geek out while you get involved at the BeerDeluxe Grill Stage.

Why attend?

- Blockbuster wasn't ready for Netflix
- The taxi industry wasn't ready for Uber
- Dick Smith Electronics wasn't ready for Kogan

Hotels weren’t ready for Airbnb.

It’s 'content you can’t Google' with all the ‘oh wow’ moments and the high calibre of attendees connecting that make Pause unmissable.

Change the game, adjust your mindset, become the next Elon Musk – become whatever you want – because we’ve got the panel, workshop, experience or opportunity to make it happen for you. Pause provides a habitat for learning – for creative collisions. A space inspiring tech culture and the people who make it tick.

“Pause is where you can find your tribe of like-minded people. People who want to challenge the everyday and build better futures. People who don’t want to accept the status quo.” - Fiona Slocum, Experience Designer

Be surprised. Be challenged. Be at the centre of the change. Be at Pause.