Pause is Australasia's premier creative, tech and business event.

A catalyst for change, a uniter of all industries, and a platform for the future, Pause brings the world’s foremost thought leaders like Airbnb, NASA, Netflix, Hyperloop, Fast Company, Girls in Tech, This American Life, SXSW, Pixar and Lucasfilm together with local heroes, for one unforgettably action-packed event.

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Pause is not just in the ether, it’s real and it’s here again in 2018. Pause is not just a group of people idly swiping their phones to a synth soundtrack during a PowerPoint lecture. Pause is a substantive convergence of minds that goes beyond the jargon and behind the hype. We meet, we talk, we argue and we work together for three days with explosive results.*

Pause 2018 will be bigger and bolder than ever, with over 150 global leaders on five stages delivering unstoppable inspiration on themes from Virtual Reality to Artificial Intelligence, Digital Culture and the Blockchain. Not to mention a Startup Expo, VIP dinners, a Business Breakfast and a super fun after party each night.


Eight years ago, Australia’s disparate digital ecosystem needed unity.

Pause Festival founder George Hedon saw an opportunity to bring together the restless new breed of thinkers, makers and doers in Melbourne’s creative and digital hub. An accomplished designer and DJ, with an eye for the entrepreneurial, George wanted to inject a dose of international innovation into local tech culture.

Today, Pause draws international luminaries and visitors and is the leading conference and festival of its kind for the entire Asia Pacific region.


Pause is committed to 50/50 diversity. Because guess what?
Women work in business, creative and tech too.

Every year our programming actually represents that with a fair split.

What’s new at Pause 2018?

Seamless new flow of speakers, panels and workshops
to optimise content consumption

Exclusive weekend retreat for the ultimate Pause download

Riotous daily debates on stuff that will make or break our future

Live performances, comedy, music and hot summer afterparties

Media free ‘Vault Sessions’ for insider sharing and discussions


Pause is a place where everything is virtually possible. It’s where you’ll see world firsts launch and graze the sun.

In 2017, Dropbox released Paper, RMIT launched Activator, their entrepreneurial venture and AKQA announced they’d acquired DT Agency. Adriana Gascoigne’s 2016 appearance at Pause inspired the launch of Girls in Tech in Melbourne and in 2014, Zero Latency debuted the free-roam multiplayer virtual reality game. In 2018, say you were there when... Because Pause FOMO is the worst.


Remember when you rented videos, developed photographs and hailed taxis? So do we. But like a subterranean creature lurking in the deep, Netflix devoured Blockbuster, Apple consumed Kodak and Uber ate taxis. If you’re at Pause, your legs won’t be dangling in the water when the next change fixes its beady eye on your business. But if you’re not, we can’t guarantee you’ll be here to tell the tale.

So 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.

Whether you’re collecting cans in your basement for the AI apocalypse or evangelising about the virtual future, join us for this year’s truly worthy Pause.

*Warning: Participation in Pause may lead to future collaboration.


Programming (Local)
  • Andrew Ranger , Founder - Skymorials
  • Jeanette Cheah , Co-Founder & CSO - The Hacker Exchange
  • Giuseppe Demaio , Director - Local Peoples
  • Dara Simkin , Play Consultant & Mindset Coach - Play
  • Simon Small , Director of Solutions, Support and Marketing - Lexer
  • Garry Williams , General Manager - inspire9
  • Emma Forster , Marketing Lead - inspire9
  • Michelle Mannering , Co-Founder, Hackathon Queen - BajaBoards
  • Kirsteene Phelan , COO - Rome2Rio
  • Daniel Cheong-See , National Creative Director - Deloitte Digital
  • James Noble , Director - Carter Digital
  • Kendyl Rossi , Event Producer - White Night
Marketing & Social
  • Samara Hodgson - Fruitpunch Projects
  • Francesca Chong - GDJ
  • Ben Keenan - TABOO
  • Daniel Cheong-See - Deloitte Digital
  • Matt Taylor - Deloitte Digital
  • Rob Weir - Deloitte Digital
  • Tommy McCubbin , Founder - Future Sandwitch
  • Suzie Nguyen - The String Report
Opening Titles
  • Toros Kose , Freelancer -
  • Alexandra Collier - GDJ
  • Oleg Fedotov -
  • Anthony Curtin - Merton Lawyers