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Back for a huge ninth year, Pause Fest has today revealed their legendary final round of speakers. Held at Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square, the upcoming festival will welcome speakers from 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 future founders, explorers and leaders will run across 6 – 8 February 2019. The festival’s theme ‘The Future Is Intimate’ will focus on topics that analyse human interaction with technology, how it’s challenging our lifestyles, and the exciting new opportunities that will embrace our future.
Pause Fest Founder, George Hedon, “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 this years festival is very excited about the potential that this festival unlocks for entrepreneurs and their future business, mixed with the engineered event experience.
You’ll be spoilt for choice this year at Pause Fest. You could be listening to your favourite speaker on one afternoon, then be sharing a drink with them at the daily happy hour in the Festival Hub. The festival will be spread across seven stages, there is a dedicated stage for workshops, and an interactive expo area called the ‘Tech Garden.’ You’ll also experience a variety of session styles from keynotes, 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, Pause will even be providing free coffee.
For those that want to delve deeper, there is also the Pause Fest Retreat. Retreat tickets include a Leader ticket to the festival, and three days in the stunning Otway Ranges with one-on-one access to speakers from NASA, Google, InVision and Amazon.
This year, Pause Fest is also going regional. Cecilia Ambros, Head of Creative, Amazon Advertising US will be heading up the inaugural Speaker Ambassador Program (SAP), visiting the City of Ballarat to chat with and inspire local year 11 and 12 students and small 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 says.
Tickets are selling fast and prices are set to increase on 4th February, so get in quick. Last year’s event was sold out so make sure you get yours asap via www.pausefest.com.au/ticketsBack to News