Pause Fest 2019 final lineup released

Pause Fest has today revealed legendary final round of speakers. Held at Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square, the upcoming festival will welcome Atlassian, Google, Amazon, CERN, R/GA, B Lab ANZ, YouTube, IBM, Facebook, Tiffany&Co, NASA, Adobe, Microsoft, Movember, Wired UK and Airbnb alongside 200 future builders and innovators.

The world's leading creativity infused business event for the future founders, explorers and leaders will run across 6 – 8 February 2019. The festival’s theme ‘The Future is Intimate’ will focus on the topics that analyse human interaction with technology, how it’s challenging our lifestyles and the exciting new opportunities that will embrace our future.


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Pause Fest Founder, George Hedon said, “This is the largest gathering of international thought leaders (40) and curious minds in the country that I’m sure everyone has only to gain from. The impact of these conversations will ripple throughout the whole year for some.”

“We are standing on the crossroads of the most pivotal age in our lifetime and it is how we deal with it now that will determine our future. Pause is designed for progress and I’d love to see more of the big conversations turned into business and solid investments this year.”

Pause was the stepping stone for Australia’s greatest companies like Canva, Zero Latency, Girls in Tech, AKQA to name a few. The team behind the event this year is very excited about the potential that this festival unlocks for the entrepreneurs and their future business mixed with the engineered event experience.

There is nothing short of this year at Pause Fest, you could be listening to your favourite speaker then have a drink with them at one of the parties. The event is spread across seven stages, there is a dedicated stage to workshops only, expo area that they call ‘Tech Garden’ and variety of sessions styles from keynotes to fireside chats, panels, speed dating experts, startup pitches, morning group activities to debates all curated with 50/50 diversity in mind. It will be a non-stop action so don’t even think of sleeping. To combat sleep, a free coffee will be provided.


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For those that want to take it deeper there is a Pause Retreat. The Retreat ticket includes Leader ticket to the festival plus you get to spend three days of retreat down the stunning Otway Ranges with NASA, Google, InVision and Amazon speakers.


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This year, Pause Fest is going regional to City of Ballarat with its inaugural Speaker Ambassador Program (SAP) they taking Cecilia Ambros, Head of Creative, Amazon Advertising US to visit 11 and 12 Year students and talk to the local businesses.

“We are thrilled to bring together 21 tracks of content, including Design, Future of Work, Ai, Blockchain, Health & Wellbeing, Smart Future, Science, Startup & Tech, Brands & Marketing and E-sports from the most loved brands in the world and bring them all to Melbourne,” Hedon said.


The list of new speakers announced today:
Jason Juma Ross // Head of Tech, Entertainment & Connectivity at Facebook
Kate Goodwin // Executive Producer of New Business at Passion Pictures
Hannah Murphy // Senior Strategist at VICE Australia
Stephanie Winkler // Digital Strategist at VICE Australia
Lina Patel // Chief of Getting Things Done (COO) at Code for Australia
Mathan Ratinam // Managing Director at CivVic Labs
Huon Latham // Facilitator at Happiness Concierge
Laura Ryan // Strategy Director at Mentally Friendly
Ray Good // Founder at The Good Place
Ben Lee // Co-Founder of Rootstrap
Dan Monheit // Co-founder & Director of Strategy at Hardhat
Dr Melissa Weinberg // Psychologist, Academic & Research Consultant
Andrea Myles // CEO at China Australia Millennial Project
Robin Scarborough // Partner at Deloitte Digital
Adina Jacobs // Co-founder of STM Goods
Aisling Hoey // Facilitator at Happiness Concierge
Rachel Service // Founder of Happiness Concierge
Cecilia Ambros // Head of Creative Studios at Amazon Advertising
Mindy Leow // Head of Community Building at B Lab Australia & New Zealand
Andrea De Almeida // Executive Director at B Lab Australia & New Zealand
John Elliot // Managing Director at TOMS
Leigh Barnes // Chief Purpose Officer at Intrepid Group
Jamie Cook // Co-Founder of Stone & Wood Brewing Company
Mykel Dixon // Author, Creative Advisor, Executive Mentor, Experience Designer
Grant Petty // CEO at Blackmagic Design
Sienna Giraldi // User Experience Designer, Researcher & Content Strategist
Sam Gledhill // Global Director at The Movember Foundation
Marcus Nance // Delivery Lead at The Movember Foundation
Andrew Ranger // Co-Founder of Skymorials
Kylie Wallace // Founder of Polished Man Campaign & YGAP
Professor Lorraine Dennerstein AO // Founder of the Ross Dennerstein Foundation
Tom Whitty // Former Managing Editor of The Project
Michelle Gallaher // Managing Director at The Social Science
Dr Buzz Palmer // CEO at MedTech Actuator
Siegi Schmidmaier // Executive Director of Strategy at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Kathy Connell // Senior Director at New Ventures J&J Innovation
Tommy McCubbin // Creative Director at Future Sandwich
Steve Sammartino // Radio Host at the ABC
Nick Cohen // Brand Marketer at Lillium (via Zoom)
Sadie Said // Head of Community at Happiness Concierge
John Chambers // CEO at TAPPL
Marsha Uppill // Founder of ARRANYINHA
Jirra Harvey // Managing Director at Kalinya Communications
Richard Young // Director at Culturepreneur
Mark Brand // CEO at MB Inc
Ricardo Prada // Director of UX at Google
Andrew Laidlaw // Campaign & Insights Director at Cavalry
Alan Tsen // General Manager of Stone & Chalk | Chair of Fintech Australia
Jamie Ragen // ANZ Digital Media Solutions Consultant Manager at Adobe
Dominic Pym // Co-Founder of Up Bank
Simon Costello // Co-Founder & CEO of Frankie Financial
Oliver Kidd // Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Archa
Dev Mookerjee // AP CTO at IBM Watson
Nick Crocker // Partner at Blackbird Ventures | EiR at Startmate

Tickets are selling fast and prices are set to increase on 4th February. Last event has sold out so make sure you get yours in time via