Hello to legends. The Pause programming team!

Pause Fest’s global reputation which shines a light on the best of the Australian creative, tech and business eco-system each year was built over crazy nine years of programming on the edge. If it’s not on the edge it’s not innovative enough, it’s not baked enough and it doesn’t have enough guts to be selected for the ultimate Pause programming experience.  

Everything that we do needs to be carefully crafted and considered. There is no fast forward to Pause. We obsess over every detail and each speaking submission like they are about to be awarded the Nobel Prize. We want our speakers to dazzle and challenge our attendees - because they are the pros and are expecting a good all round conversation beyond the conventional.

A great programming is what separates this event from the rest.

To bring you the very best of Australia and the world’s leading program we have teamed up with the the true eco-system legends. Some of them have been with us for years, and few are very new this year. They are the beating pulse of the industry, they are the movers and shakers but above all - they are multi-talented, curious and amazing humans.

We could have written few articles on how we process the applications and how we mapped the attendee and programming journeys to arrive with the current concept. Trust us, it’s all we think about day in and day out all year round. Our end goal is to provide you with the better experience for the same ticket cost every year. And we have made some bold changes this year and we think it’s going to work out for you better.

PFA19 Programmers2

Finally, here is the all-star volunteering team that helps us to deliver the program and keep it on the premise the ‘Ideas you can’t Google’. They are:


Jeanette Cheah, Co-Founder & CSO, The Hacker Exchange

Jeanette is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of The Hacker Exchange, a EdTech company shaking up entrepreneurship education and connecting students to Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Singapore and beyond. With a blend of experience in corporate, startups and higher education, Jeanette is all about amplifying talent and creating global connections. She recently represented Australia at the ‘G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance’ in Argentina, where her love of wine, innovation, events and diversity converged in one epic week.


Andrew Ranger, Founder, Skymorials

Andrew Ranger is an Internet Entrepreneur with a passion for marketing, digital technology and the arts. Andrew recently co-founded Skymorials.com. Since 2013 Andrew has been a Director on the Board of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) Australia’s second most popular musuem, and is an external media advisor to the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. His passion for digital and creative marketing started from a young age whilst working as a Marketing Strategist with the innovative team at The Taboo Group.


Giuseppe (Pino) Demaio, Creative Director, Local Peoples

As Principal and Creative Director of Local Peoples, Pino and his team are on a mission to use design as a force for good and build socially responsible businesses who consider their impact on people and the planet. He believes that human-centred design can be a powerful tool to catalyse positive social outcomes and solve complex challenges.


Garry Williams, Creative Producer, Innovation, Melbourne Connect / Science Gallery

Garry Williams leads activation partnerships for the forthcoming University of Melbourne innovation precinct Melbourne Connect and the Melbourne node of the global Science Gallery network. He’s the founder of ALTS Projects, a collective focussed on unconventional career paths and projects that consume us, resulting in curation of content and events including Melbourne Tech, FuckUp Nights and various tech, culture and community initiatives.


Emma Forster, Smart City Projects Officer, City of Melbourne

Emma is passionate about creating and collaborating. Her experience spans project management, marketing, communications and events across the arts, tech and creative industries. Currently posted at the City of Melbourne, in the Smart City Office, she is leading the delivery of the startup action plan including open innovation programs, events for Melbourne Knowledge Week and other projects to activate and enable the startup ecosystem.

Kirsteene Phelan, Acting CEO, Rome2Rio

KP is a multipotentialite with a deep interest in the intersection of creativity and commerce online. She currently serves as the Acting CEO for Melbourne-made startup, Rome2rio and has previously contributed to international tech via roles at Etsy, Inspire9, General Assembly and Startup Victoria Female Founders. Her volunteer roles include stints with Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and RMIT.  She believes in good people, good products, print media, travel, music and the power of repurposing.


John E Collins, Founder, Paddl.co

John is a UX/UI obsessed Tech Product Creator who believes that resumes need to die, interviews need a shake up and the whole 'world or work' is going to completely change... like, now. That's why when he was 19 John wrote a business plan to influence some change.


Mark Corrie, CEO, Western Bace

With an international background in Finance, Trade and Supply chain and IPO’s in Europe, North America and Asia, on returning to Australia Mark led the creation of the ‘$20 million Building in a Paddock’ now known as Western BACE. As the CEO of Western BACE, Mark and his team are on a mission to support the community of Melbourne’s West to have the same opportunities as any other community in Australia. Western BACE has already firmly established itself within the start-up and entrepreneurship community in Melbourne. Mark is particularly passionate about ensuring that children and youth have the same opportunities regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, racial and ethnic background.


Kendyl Rossi, Associated Creative Director, White Night

Still a woman of mystery.