Pause Fest is an independent, industry-driven movement with a mission to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation forward. 


We spent nine years engineering the community of champions to create the global stage for them. We’ve been described as 'Innovation Capital', 'Octoberfest for business' and 'Woodstock for digital natives’.





Pause Fest was built on a set of values that have stood firm for a decade, but our programming evolves each year as we keep apace with the industry’s trends and needs. We’ve created a culture for the brightest of creators and innovators to come together and share their projects, knowledge, passions and insights – openly, freely and generously for the benefit of the entire community.

Every experience you have is a raw material to create with. We believe that creativity was, is and will be the future of any business; because creativity is innovation, connecting different experiences into a new one. We firmly believe that everyone is creative - it’s a skill that can be learned. Pause Fest provides an environment in which you can learn how to be more innovative and then apply those learnings to your everyday business, no matter the industry you’re in. 

You should pause to learn, network and grow.



Ten years ago, Pause Fest launched as a small creative event in Melbourne. Today, we’re the world’s leading festival for business and creativity.

Over the years, we’ve bagged numerous global awards, including the well-respected RedDot Design Award for our interactive magazine and Motion Response initiative that celebrates collaboration, and pushes the creativity to the very edge.

We’re also proud that our passion for driving progress in the industry has inspired the launch of a couple of international festivals. We were invited to Croatia and Abu Dhabi to curate a portion of their events and have thrown national meetups as well as executive retreats. And last year we engaged with the regional Victoria centres. Canva, Zero Latency, AKQA, For the People, Girls in Tech Australia and many more have launched their businesses at Pause Fest. Tesla showcased its first Model S in here with us, and Dropbox introduced its Paper product to the Australian audiences.

We invited HyperloopTT to start conversations around fast transportation between Sydney and Melbourne in 2017, and we helped to connect the G'Day USA with SXSW, where they are now running the Australia House among other initiatives.

All in the effort to be the catalyst for leaders and communities around Australia to think big, engage, develop meaningful connections and conversations as well as inspire others.

Our next chapter will be about how we can build the capacity for the next generation of entrepreneurs to succeed and crack important societal problems.


For us, DAI isn’t optional. It’s essential. Pause Fest is built on diversity. It’s been in our DNA since day dot. When looking for speakers or attracting attendees our stand is united.

We are proactively working to support and represent people from diverse backgrounds and are advocates for racial, gender, accessibility and LGBTQIA+ diversity. Pause is committed to championing further inclusion in our programming, awards and projects.
We are proudly championing 50/50 speaker gender diversity and our attendees reflect the same ratio. We will continue this and push for further diversity in future projects, events and awards.

We have partnered with One Love Australia to support their #ShareThePlatform that is giving black, indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) founders an opportunity to tell their stories about the successful startups they have built. We strongly encourage people of colour, LGBTQIA+ individuals, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply to speak and to our awards.

The Pause Fest community is a safe and welcoming environment for anyone to engage. Our Code of Conduct applies to anyone attending our events.


Pause Fest is a values-driven event with constant social impact in mind.


We nurture a community of early adopters, industry champions and visionaries.


We believe that everything happens from passionate collisions.


Our purpose is to bring value to everyone attending and give a voice to Australia.



Remember when you rented videos, developed photographs and hailed taxis? So do we. If you’re at Pause Fest, you’ll get a jump on what’s new, next and beyond.

Let’s not forget:

Sony missed the MP3
Coke and Pepsi missed energy drinks
Apple consumed Kodak
Borders missed eBooks
Travel agents didn’t foresee online booking
Banks missed digital currency
Netflix devoured Blockbuster
Uber ate the taxi industry
Dick Smith wasn't ready for Kogan
Hotels weren’t ready for Airbnb