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Pause Fest 2016 - Creative Tech Conference & Festival

Pause Fest

Monday, 8 February 2016 at 9:00 am - Sunday, 14 February 2016 at 6:00 pm (AEDT)

Pause Fest 2016 - Creative Tech Conference & Festival

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8-14 FEB 2016, FED SQUARE

#PauseDiscover #Pause2016


Discover People, Passion and Purpose.

Discover content you can’t Google.

Discover creative collisions.


Welcome back to Australia's premier creative tech conference and festival.
Be immersed in the world’s best digital minds across three huge days of Creative, Tech and Business conference and attend our partner and public events for the full week.



Creative, Tech and Business are the cornerstones of the start up. For the sixth and biggest Pause Fest yet, this is how the conference has been re-engineered. Each topic has a full day dedicated to immersing you in everything it has to offer.

Make the most of the fully streamlined experience, without queues or program clashes. Each day’s keynote speakers and panel discussions have been curated to ensure your burning questions are answered and then give you more fuel for thought.

This is the ultimate conference for digital transformation.




















CREATIVE DAY // Make ideas happen

Creativity is an experience that needs to live beyond a brief. At the intersection of creative and technology, creatives are redefining the process and how ideas become tangible.  

VICE, Ingenuity Studio (USA), Teenage Engineering (SWE), The General Store, DT Digital, Motherbird, Wilson Fletcher, IE Agency, Saffron, The Grid (USA), Loud and Clear, Streaker, S1T2, Social Traders, Microsoft + MORE

TECH DAY // Develop successful products

Without creativity or business, technology is for the sake of technology. But with every exciting step forward, there are new consequences, risks and endless opportunities.

Google, Hyperloop Transportation TechNOLOGIES, Inc (USA), Jack Morton, Girls in Tech (USA), Thoughtworks Asia Pacific, Electronic Frontiers Australia, Giant Ideas, Deloitte Digital, CISCO, Tesla Motors, Reactive + MORE

BUSINESS DAY // Master disruption

Moments of change can define a business. Digital disruption is both a threat and an opportunity and innovation is no longer optional. But how can the old and new exist in harmony?

Fjord, Telstra, State Library of Victoria, Tableau (USA), GMG Digital, Calder Consultants, Mediacom, Pandora ANZ, FutureBrand, BCG Digital Venture, Acorn Brands, Ntegrity, Yoke, Foundation for Young Australians + MORE



With so much talent in one city, let alone country, we decided that we had to create a whole series of in house and satellite events to ensure variety, promote talent, encourage interest, and develop practical skills. We were overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of event submissions, so make sure you keep an eye out for events scattered across our amazing CBD in unique venues and headquarters, and also for those that are held smack bang in Federation Square.

From Rapid Prototyping Hubs, where you can enter and exit with an actual product, to experiencing the power and beauty of a Tesla car, to hearing about extraordinary women and female founders, there is something for every unique pause attendee.

Envato’s Rapid Prototyping Hub, Tesla Motors & Test Drive, Eventbrite, Female Founders, Code for Australia, Battle of the Reels, Rising Sun Pictures, Tyroe, Thoughtworks, The Foundry, C4D Meetup, General Assembly, Yoke Studio + More TBA


On the Friday and Saturday of Pause, the Startup Expo showcases the newest products and insights from the best start ups in town. Exhibitors are able to present their ideas and plans for the future in front of the entire Pause community, speakers, special guests and major companies. This is a great opportunity for both startups and investors who for 2 days, are able to connect, collaborate and talk all things startup.  Come to the expo for live demos, giveaways, and to see if you can spot the next big thing.  


We have gathered a selection of the best of the best - the ultimate thinkers, creatives, entrepreneurs and developers will be presenting intimate, thought provoking and engaging workshops and masterclasses just for pause attendees. These masterclasses and workshops will challenge, inspire and sharpen your senses, and will make sure you have fun in the process. Come and learn, so you can create. We will be announcing these events soon, so make sure you don’t miss out. Spaces are very limited.


Every year we select top ten studios and artists to work collaboratively on the animation project. This is a highly creative and collaborative initiative for any studio that will bond the team and allow ultimate experimentation. It’s a half a year passion project that gets whole world talking, sharing and inspiring.

Participating studios and Artists:
Cyrill Durigon (Paris), Dirty Puppet (Melbourne), Territory (London), Mass Motion (Ballarat), Pixel (Melbourne), Naoko Hara (New York), Method Studios (Melbourne), Neon Golden (Vienna), CraveFX (Singapore), Brett Morris (Los Angeles)


Pause screenings are a premium selection of the best independent and commercial digital animations, short films and documentaries. In 2016 we partnered with the coolest kids in town, with the likes of Channels, Transitions and WebFest to bring you the great content free to public. Oh yeah, we have a Virtual Reality special surprise for you too!


We predict that 2016 is going to be all about sensory experiences,  so we have partnered with some super special people that are going to help us gamify the festival for you and take Pause to the next level. Every ticket comes with an Escape Room pass that will see you randomly placed in a themed room (dracula’s castle, anyone?)  with five strangers solving the mystery of how to get out, in 45 minutes. This is a great way to potentially meet a founder, creative or Mr. C-Level. For those heavy full festival hitters we have Zero Latency VR gaming passes, so get ready to enter the matrix with strangers and kill those zombies, before it’s too late.


From networking breakfasts to late-night parties, Pause events and meetups are your chance to kick back, grab a drink or a bite to eat, and get to know your fellow attendees.  Pause aims to bring people together in some of the best venues Melbourne has to offer, in the greatest city in the world! Make sure you keep eyes and ears out for secret meet ups, late night after parties, and spontaneous gatherings - recharge after each day with some low-pressure networking and revelry.





Are you planning to attend with your team, department, clients or entire company? Save by applying for a group discount.

Share the love with special discounts for bookings of groups of 5+, 10+ or 20+. Pause is a great opportunity to expose design teams, clients and academics alike to all that tech culture has to offer.




Press and blog passes to Pause are on an invitation-only basis and are limited. Submit your expression of interest now.


One of the best parts of our job are the numbers of stories we hear every year from students who have attended Pause, who have found inspiration, direction and the persistence to keep on pushing! Being a student is hard work, but we would love to hear a whole new year of new life changing stories! Be super quick as the students tickets are strictly limited. Use this discount code (eduDiscover) to purchase any ticket. Make sure you bring your current student card to show at entry.



We have created a fantastic program of side events that are either free with a Pause ticket, or ticketed. These events are there to make sure you get the most out of the festival, but also to support local businesses, ventures and entrepreneurs. Everyone loves a freebie, but our event holders put in a lot of work to make sure that these events are high quality and engaging - so make sure that you show your support and grab a ticket as soon as you can! These seats go quickly, so sign up soon to avoid disappointment. We will be adding these events as we go, so make sure you don’t miss out.




What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Limited parking is available to the rear of Federation Square. Pause Festival highly recommends catching public transport to all events, as we have specifically designed your Pause 2016 event experience around the transport hubs of Melbourne.

Federation Square travel information, click here


What can/can't I bring to the event?

Bring anything you need to engage at the event that you are attending. If you are attending a workshop of any description, be sure to bring your laptop and ensure you have the required software. Do not bring anything that would be inappropriate.


Is my registration/ticket transferable?

No, sorry.


Where can I find accommodation?

If you are travelling interstate or internationally to the festival there are many options to choose from in Melbourne CBD. Please remember that February is a very busy period, so book your stay at your earliest convenience.

Can I get a refund?

Pause does not issue an exchange or refund for a lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed ticket. A change in personal circumstances does not entitle a ticket holder to return or exchange a ticket.


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us at tickets [at]

Have questions about Pause Fest 2016 - Creative Tech Conference & Festival? Contact Pause Fest

When & Where

Federation Square
Corner Swanston St & Flinders St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Monday, 8 February 2016 at 9:00 am - Sunday, 14 February 2016 at 6:00 pm (AEDT)

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Pause Fest

Pause Fest is the premier creative, tech and business festival in Australasia, the catalyst for innovation, a uniter of industries and powerful business platform. 

Pause Fest is known for being the leader in fostering innovative ideas, developing and discovering past and future leaders and providing the perfect market and audience to tell your story. 

We create opportunities by connecting the dots to foster jobs, investments, innovative ideas and technologies, developing and discovering past and future leaders, celebrating local heroes and providing the perfect market and audience for organic creative collisions. 

Creators, reset this moment in time.

See you there!

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