One day, one brief, one chance to come up with a potentially lifesaving idea

Fri 13 Feb

The Cube, ACMI

Pause Fest is joining forces with the TAC to bring you Pause the Road Toll, a one-day ideas hack open to entrepreneurs, creatives and technologists alike. In keeping with the Pause theme, this ideas hack isn’t asking you to code around the clock. Instead, we’re seeking purely conceptual ideas that use creative technology to solve […]

Cinema Stage: Welcome to the Internet of Things

Saturday 14th February 2015

Cinema 2, ACMI

Conference Ticketed Join representatives from some of the most innovative technology organisations on the planet for an exciting glimpse at the world of wearables and IoT. From wearable technology helping us avoid heart attacks, to a kitchen so smart it begins cooking dinner before you get home, join us on a journey into the future […]

Deakin Edge Stage Day 1: People Focus

Sat 14th Feb, 9 AM - 6:30PM

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Conference Ticketed Personal perspectives from the masters of media, design, activism & business. Sessions include: Pause Opening Keynote The Future of Digital Design Creativity with a Conscience Storytelling in the Open Web The $1B Faculty: How to Build Your Business Empire   Featuring: THIS AMERICAN LIFE UNDERCURRENT THE GUARDIAN R/GA THE NEST MENTALLY FRIENDLY REACTIVE […]

Deakin Edge Stage Day 2: Project Focus

Sunday 15th February 2015

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Conference Ticketed An insight into the innovative minds behind some of the world’s most exciting projects. Sessions include Hackers, Breakers & Makers The New Disruptors The Future of Culture Featuring: MY FITNESS PAL GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA VIVID IDEAS ETSY DROGA5 BRAINTREE_DEV ENVATO STUDIO INLIGHT ARTS HUB VICTORIA TAC DT DIGITAL CLEMENGER BBDO MONA INTERBRAND EVENTBRITE PUSH […]

Cube Stage Day 1: Motion & VFX

Saturday 14th February 2015

The Cube, ACMI

Conference Ticketed Some of the worlds best motion graphics and VFX designers come together to share the secrets of their success.   Sessions include World in Motion The Art of VFX Featuring: IMAGINARY FORCES ANIMAL LOGIC RISING SUN PICTURES METHOD STUDIOS ASSEMBLY VFX KARACTAZ ANIMATION DIRTY PUPPET INTERBRAND THE FOUNDRY THE MAGNIFICENT ITCH MANOEUVRE.TV AIRBAG […]

Cube Stage Day 2: Startups & Stories

Sunday 15th February 2015

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Conference Ticketed  From startups to scientists, this is how to to tell stories that engage and disrupt. Sessions include 8 Billion Stories Startups and the Digital Economy Featuring: MY FITNESS PAL THIS AMERICAN LIFE CLEMENGER BBDO PUSH COLLECTIVE KALINYA COMMUNICATIONS MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY ENVATO COIN JAR THE WHITE AGENCY REA GROUP RANDOM HACKS OF KINDNESS ELANCE-ODESK […]

Pause Parties

12th - 14th February 2015

Tech_Bar @ Beer DeLuxe, Federation Square

Over three nights, at Pause Festival’s Tech_bar, we present the best digital parties from our cities best electronic performers.     Thursday 12th Feb Pause Opening Night Party 7pm – late The official opening to Pause Fest 2015. Meet the team behind the festival and chat with the innovators, designers, entrepreneurs, hackers, creators, disruptors and everyone in […]

Pure Screenings

Mon 9th - Sun 15th Feb, 9pm

Fed Square Main Screen

Screening Free Pure Motion Monday 9pm, Fed Square Main Screen The best motion graphics of the year, profiled in a single, mind blowing screening package. From big studios to independent artists, only the best spots made the cut.   Pure Music Tuesday & Sunday 9pm, Fed Square Main Screen As always, music videos pushed the boundaries […]

State of the Motion

Wed 11th Feb, 7pm

ACMI Studio 1

Screening and Conversation Ticketed Join us for a distilled selection of the world’s finest motion graphics, design and animation from an international array of established and up and coming artists. We have scoured the globe to bring together the most innovative and inspirational pieces to dazzle the eyes and leave your synapses pulsing. Following the screening, […]

GameLoading Sneak Peek

Fri 13th of Feb, 7pm

ACMI Studio 1

Sneak Peak and Panel Discussion Ticketed GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is an upcoming feature documentary about the global indie game developer scene that has forever changed the video games industry. Indie developers are creating games that are pushing innovation and questioning what games can be, while at the same time competing with traditional big […]

Tech_Bar: Media Lab Present ‘HappenSpace’

Tue 10th Feb, 630pm

Tech_bar @ Beer Deluxe, Fed Sq

Showcase Free Join the Media Lab Melbourne community as we detail our experiments at the intersection of art, design and technology. We will be using the  fast and furious Pecha Kucha presentation style, to engage you in fascinating stories from Melbourne’s underground tech community. Experience the diversity of innovative projects that Melbourne’s scene has to offer! New technologies and electronic media are […]

Allegoria Sacra by AES+F

Mon 9th, Sat 15th Feb at 9pm

Fed Square Main Screen

Screening, Free Australian premiere of the powerful Allegoria Sacra by Russian artists AES + F. A reimagining of Giovanni Bellini’s painting of the same name, this cinematic experience contemplates the meaning of life and death in the modern day manifestation of purgatory; an international airport. Giovanni Bellini’s Allegoria Sacra (Sacred Allegory) hangs in the Uffizi […]

John Was A Good Man

Fri 13th Feb, 9pm

Fed Square Main Screen

Screening Free What happens when you open up a conversation with prominent Australian minds and ask them to provide a short eulogy of their lives to date? Featuring Jane Caro, Dr. Karl, Paul McDermott, Matt Moran, Andrew O’Keefe, Turia Pitt, Jessica Tovey, Urthboy & Fred Nile and spoken in third person, Kate Kazokas & Lucy […]

Tech_Bar: John Was A Good Man, Interactive

Wed 11 Feb, 9 PM

Tech_bar @ Beer DeLuxe, Federation Square

Interactive Screening Free What happens when you open up a conversation with prominent Australian minds and ask them to provide a short eulogy of their lives to date?   Kate Kazokas and Lucy Adelaide found out as they produced the compelling video project, “John Was A Good Man”. Featuring Jane Caro, Dr. Karl, Paul McDermott, Matt […]

The Future of Pure Experience

Wed 11th Feb, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

General Assembly, Level 1, 20 Queen Street

Workshop Free Presented by General Assembly The Future of Pure Experience: Designing for the Neo User  The websites, apps and digital products you create should be as simple to use as they are good looking. Learn about the importance of User-Centred Design – what it is, when it’s appropriate, and how to put it into […]


Tuesday 10th February

ACMI Studio 1, Tech_Bar @ Beer Deluxe

Proudly presented with Deakin University and ACMI a very special three part exploration of philosophy and futurism as it relates to the discipline of curation and contemporary art. Art After Machines: Can Curating Accelerate Beyond the Human? Acmi Studio 1, 6.15pm Lecture, Free – limited tickets available from the ACMI Box Office on the day of […]

Tech_Bar: Melbourne Blender Society Meetup

Mon 9 Feb, 7pm - 8pm

Beer DeLuxe, Fed Square

Meet Up, Free Still from The Gooseberry Project Blender is a fully free/open source 3D creation pipeline being made by hundreds of active volunteers from around the world; by studios and individual artists, professionals and hobbyists, scientists, students, VFX experts, animators, game artists, modders, and the list goes on. The Melbourne Blender Society (MBS) is […]

Tech_Bar: Melbourne AE + Cinema 4d Meet

Monday 9th February

Beer DeLuxe, Federation Square

Meet Up, Free Render by Caspian Kai Over the past year since its inception Melbourne AE + Cinema4D meet has held bi-montly events with artist talks, project run throughs and networking opportunities for everyone to get to know each other in the industry from students to professionals. The meet has bought together all different kinds […]

Startup Expo

Sun 15th Feb 2015, 10am

Atrium, Fed Square

EXPO, FREE From wearables to virtual reality discover what Australia’s innovators are up to.  In the striking Fed Square Atrium, experience for yourself a full body 3d scan & discover why everyone is talking about crowdfunding.   With plenty of advice and give aways on offer come check out the worlds future economy and discover why […]

Interbrand Melbourne: Technology Eats Brands

Sun 15th Feb 2015, 10am

Hub Melbourne

Workshop Ticketed There’s no doubt that technology is truly the fifth element. Like a force of nature, the disruptive power of digital innovation is transforming companies and whole categories. So, why should we think that the concept of brand isn’t in for more than a little bit of its own disruption? Interbrand Australia will lead […]

Loop Portfolio Masterclass

Sat 14th Feb 2015, Sessions start from 9am

L1 Studios, 1/377 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Masterclass, Ticketed In our hugely competitive creative industry, the all-important question is how can you make your portfolio or showreel stand out from the rest? With this in mind, Pause Fest has enlisted The Loop to run some of their popular Portfolio Masterclasses. The Loop is Australia’s largest creative industry- a site dedicated to sharing […]

This American Life: Storytelling Masterclass

Sun 15 Feb, 2015

The Cube Stage, Fed Square

Pitch your story to Brian Reed and Miki Meek from This American Life In addition to their Pure Storytelling keynote on Saturday 14th Feb, Brian and Miki are inviting you to a storytelling masterclass and pitch session at Pause Festival 2015. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about great stories and how to pitch them, from […]


Hand picked thought leaders and digital industry experts

Jane Martino

Jane is renowned for developing thriving businesses, having been awarded Young Telstra Businesswoman of the Year 2005. She has since innovated the tech and social entrepreneur space, Co- Founding Shout For Good a micro-donation platform promoting positive social impact. She is also on the board of Australian Women’s Donor Network, Charlie’s Cookies and the Olivia Newton John Foundation.

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David Trewern

David Trewern founded DTDigital, which has gone on to become one of Australia’s largest and most awarded design agencies with clients including Tourism Australia, Optus, Honda, Bunnings and NAB

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Miki Meek

A 2 time Emmy winner, Miki has worked as an online producer and editor at Nat Geo and The New York Times

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