In 2014, Pause lit up Federation Square, with over 6,000 people flocking to the innovation capital of Australia. From humble beginnings in 2011, Pause Fest has rapidly grown to become one of the most anticipated events on the bustling Australian festival calendar. Pause Fest attracts a powerful mix of industry professionals, startups and early adopters from a broad range of digital disciplines. The event represents a unique opportunity for locals to connect, collaborate and launch projects alongside global leaders and visionary brands.
Pause facilitates original collaborations between our global network of creative agencies and digital artists to generate ‘unique content you can’t Google’.
We do so by working closely with global thought leaders and digital industry experts to co-create experiences specific to the event each year. Many of these innovators use Pause as a test platform for creative experimentation, something that is not always offered with a commercial brief.
Others connect with Pause for a variety of reasons, including;
But most importantly, people come to Pause to connect with people and ideas they would never otherwise come in contact with.
We call these ‘creative collisions’.
Pause is laser focused on creating a more robust and representative digital eco-system in Australia. We are making this happen in two main ways:
In the past year alone, at least four major creative conferences have either folded or retreated to a single city, not to mention the music festivals. In stark contrast, Pause has grown over 250% YOY over four years, while expanding into Perth and Europe. With support from our partners, we will become the leading digital event in APAC by scheduling regular events and inviting content from across the region.
They just don’t make them like George, anymore. Serbian born, internationally trained and now a proud Melbournian, George is the perfect illustration of this city’s proud multicultural heritage.
After many years experience building and running large scale events as an art director in Europe, George arrived in Australia, curious to learn about our local creative scene. Surprised by a distinct lack of digitally focused events, in 2011 he set about curating a ‘small’ interactive exhibition, called Pause.
That event has since grown into Australia’s premier digital festival, welcoming more than 6,000 attendees last year alone. George now leads an event team of 20+ but still maintains a steady hand on every visual element you see at Pause.
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After dropping out of a prestigious design school in Melbourne, Murray started his first company at 21, producing snowboarding inspired streetwear until 2010. He has since become an award winning creative director and digital strategist, working with brands like Toyota, Telstra, Special Olympics Intl, Microsoft and TAC.
In 2013, Murray raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter to make a documentary titled ‘Pretty Rad For A Dad’, profiling a number of role model fathers in Australia. That project has since led to the launch of his startup Dads.Co, a global community of digital dads. He is also host of the podcast The Truth About Dad, a series of interviews with creatives, entrepreneurs and other awesome dads from all over the world.
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Hailing from Washington DC and spending lots of time around cultural hubs like New York & Los Angeles, Ren has developed a deep affinity for bringing people together through adventure, the arts, tech and philosophy.
She has years of experience as a writer, communications consultant and social butterfly extraordinaire on five continents. Since moving to Melbourne, she’s worked with media and events in the local and national tech startup ecosystem. She’s excited to be working on the communications strategy of Pause Fest 2015 as it holds infinite possibilities to make extraordinary things happen.
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After attending the Sydney conservatory of Music as a pianist and completing a year of politics at UNSW, Tim settled on a field that has come to define his somewhat divergent career ever since. Completing the then brand new Bachelors in digital media at the College of Fine Arts, Tim’s final project, a hand coded audio visual performance, was a sign of things to come.
Over the years, Pause has grown and adapted to its surroundings, thanks to the help of many dedicated supporters and volunteers.
Our sincere thanks goes to all those who have helped make Pause what it is today.