Pause 2018 EOI extended to July 14.

Pause 2018 EOI extended to July 14.

By George Hedon, Monday, 03 April 2017

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Over three days in February, Pause 2018 will be the epicentre for the world's creative, tech and business community. A gathering of great minds with new ideas, or solutions to old problems. Expressions of interest are now open for Australasia's premier innovation festival Pause 2018. If you are a leader in your field, techno savant, digital manipulator, rule breaker, troublemaker with a dangerous idea that will one day make a difference to the world, then we want to hear from you.


Pause aims to be the space where you can meet, learn and do. It exists wholly to create collaborative communities that thrive to learn, innovate, question and create. The three day festival spans a vast array of different disciplines such as visual arts to finance, advertising, marketing and architecture to digital design, industrial design and the built environment, film, music, investing, the tech and startup sectors.




The rise and rise of Pause's popularity in it's eighth year history is anchored in this thirst for constant reinvention and our capacity to stay ahead of the game. Our event is unique in that it attracts an even gender spread with over 52% of our speakers being female.

But this is something that simply wouldn't be possible without the people who make Pause a catalyst for innovation - our speakers, our startups, our partners, our attendees - those whose curiosity and creativity are the building blocks on which the festival is funded.

Pause provides a habitat for learning – for creative collisions. A space inspiring tech culture and the people who make it tick.

It’s where you’ll see world firsts like Zero Latency, the free-roam, multiplayer, virtual reality game that debuted at Pause in 2014, or Adriana Gascoigne’s 2016 appearance, which inspired the launch of Girls in Tech Melbourne.

IP Australia launched Trademark search, Startup Muster launched Startup Report 2016, fintech Spaceship startup launched and AKQA announced merger with DT at Pause 2017.

Other happenings to hit the headlines include launches for For The People, BSchool, Canva and Tractor.




What We look For At Pause 2018

Pause has had the pleasure of working with some of the most brightest and innovative minds across the globe. We have seen some incredible participation from NASA, Lucasfilm and Pixar, through to Vimeo, Etsy, This American Life, Google, Girls in Tech, Hyperloop, Teenage Engineering, Telstra and VICE to name but a few.

We are interested to hear from individuals, agencies or business who may want to be involved in the following areas:

  1. Apply to Speak

  2. Apply to host a Panel

  3. Apply to host a Workshop

  4. Apply to exhibit at Pause Startup Expo

  5. Apply to be the stage Host/MC

  6. Apply to Sponsor

  7. Apply for 'Meet the Expert' session

  8. Apply to host an Event

  9. Apply for Brand Activation

  10. Apply for Motion Response

  11. Apply to deliver an Experience

  12. Apply to Volunteer

As Pause is centred upon the three core verticals of Creative, Business and Tech, we would like those who apply to think about which day would suit their proposal best. Your submissions will undoubtedly provide inspiration and direction, and will be a large part on the development of the 2018 Pause theme.


Disrupters, Trendsetters and Innovators

Each day will be centred on a number of themes. These themes are evolving, but are not limited in their scope and could include: 

Design, Government, Brands & Marketing, Workplace, Smart Future, Food, Music Industry, Sports, Tech Industry, Influencers, Health, AR/VR/MR, Startup Expo, Journalism, Film & TV, Startups, Social Good, Dev & Code, Policy, CX/UX, Entertainment, Storytelling, Digital Culture, Business Transformation, Disruption, Cyber Security, New Media & Trends, Leadership, Diversity, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and much more. Before submitting your application, we want you to think about the near future, further future and far future when thinking about the topic.


By The Numbers

In 2017, we had over 12,000 participants pass through our doors, immersing themselves in interactive experiences with over 180 thought leaders presenting ideas through keynote speeches and panel discussions. Our presence also went beyond the conferences walls, with #Pause2017 trending on Twitter for 2 days, all speakers were recorded and uploaded onto YouTube, 4000 magazines printed and the documentary filmed about the festival, which resulted in a media reach of an unprecedented 12 million eyeballs.


Pause 2018 Theme

This years theme is: Journey = Destination


A great idea doesn’t just come from thin air. It takes a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and even some failures along the way. We want a no-holds-bar-warts-and-all story that will inspire our attendees to pursue their own journeys, take risks and be the changemakers of tomorrow. The only mandatory request that we have is that your address be: 'Content You Can't Google', so keep that in mind when you are preparing your submission.




How To Apply

If you are interested in Pause 2018, submit an expression of interest by clicking on the links above.

Briefly outline your proposed involvement and make your submission. If we would like to take the next step, the Pause Team will invite you to complete the next stage of registration process, which we will fill you in no later than September 2017. Here is a link to some of our past presenters.


Important Dates

Please submit your proposal by 14 July 2017

Pause will take place from 7-9 February 2018



Pause takes place in the heart of Melbourne, at the city’s iconic Fed Square.

For any other questions please feel free to contact us via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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