15.01.20 / Only 3 Weeks to go! Book your sessions now.


Pause Fest is more than just a conference; it's an entire experience. And with that in mind, we have organised a week of events with our partners that will run in parallel to the festival's main program but after-hours. Expect networking, meetups, parties and more – all in the effort to give you bigger FOMO.


Big shout to our partners in crime this year: City of Ballarat, Shopify, Sistrv8, Sargon, DesignOps Melbourne, Melbourne Connect, General Assembly, Intrepid Travel and Festival No.23.


Opening and Closing Party requires any Pause Fest ticket to enter.








Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Sally is the first directly-elected female Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne. She was the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She has also served as the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne. Sally began her career as a Solicitor, after completing Law (Hons) and Commerce degrees at the University of Melbourne. Sally has held senior roles at both KPMG and ANZ, and she took the small business she co-founded to the ASX. Most recently she was Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia.



Steve Vamos, CEO, Xero

With more than 30 years of experience in global technology and digital media, Steve has worked in leading international businesses including Apple, IBM and Microsoft. Steve led the growth of online media business Ninemsn from startup to industry leader as the company’s CEO. He previously served on the boards of Telstra, David Jones and Medibank, and has an honours degree in civil engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Currently, Steve is the CEO of Xero, where he leads the company's global growth and performance.



Tiffany Tai, General Manager (Enterprise) & Head of Business Operations, Canva

Tiffany Tai brings over eight years of experience in high-growth technology businesses. She gets stoked about helping teams evolve their creativity while bringing products to market faster and more connected with their customers. Before Canva, Tai built businesses to scale at InVision, CloudFlare, and Dropbox.



Devin Mancuso, Design Strategist, Google

Designer and creative technologist, Devin Mancuso, is a Design Strategist at Google. He works with Google’s Platforms and Ecosystems group to help shape the future of products and services for billions of users across the globe. Previously, he was the UX Design Lead for YouTube’s VR/AR team and has had the privilege of contributing to products across Google including Android, Pixel, YouTube and Daydream.



Ayumi Moore Aoki, Founder & President, Women in Tech

Ayumi Moore Aoki is an entrepreneur, a mother of four, and the founding president of Women in Tech©, an international organisation with an aim to bridge the gender gap and help women to embrace technology. Ayumi also leads Social Brain, a human-scale, award-winning digital agency.


...AND 63 MORE

Bede Moore, Managing Partner, Antler
Amanda Robinson, Head of Social Innovation, Australian Red Cross
Mike Butcher, Editor-at-Large, TechCrunch
Ravi Narayan, CEO, T-Hub
Robert Milne, Group Account Director BBC Global News
David Shing, Digital Prophet
Michael Stoddart, Worldwide Director, Digital Media, Enterprise, ADOBE
Ros Horner, Design Director, AKQA
Grant Petty, Founder, Blackmagic Design
Asher Tan, CEO & Co-Founder, CoinJar
Prue Jones, Design Director, Fjord
Anthony Farah, Managing Partner, Innovation Strategy and Ventures, IBMix
Dave Budge, Co-founder & CEO, Jaunt
Hannah Spilva, Co-founder & CEO, LVLY
Alan Jones, General Partner, M8
Luke Rattigan, COO, Nura
Ronni Kahn, CEO & Founder, OzHarvest
Will Mahon-Heap, International Expansion, Revolut
Phillip Kingston, Founder and CEO, Sargon
Kelly Calheiros, HR Business Partner, Shopify
David Swan, Technology Reporter, The Australian
Ben Costantini, CEO, Startup Sesame
Rita Arrigo & Kenny Singh, Chief Digital Advisor, Microsoft
Vu Tran, Co-Founder, GO1
Taylor Tran, Co-founder & Author, Innovation Coworking
Mark Bergin, CEO, Driven x Design
Ida Bjerga, Managing Director & Co-founder Noise Studio & Nordic Sports Tech
Taylor Mitchell, Head, Pitch Portal
Sean Callanan, Founder, Sports Geek
Summer Howarth, Founder & Learning Designer, The Eventful Learning Co.
Antonio Oreña Barlin, Managing Partner, Rotor Studios
Oscar Tramboli, Founder, Deep Listening
Barbara Soalheiro, Founder, Mesa
Daniel Teitelbaum Director Playful Thinking
Darcy Smyth & Steve Claydon, Co-Founders, Sales Game
Lalitha Wemel, Regional Director, Community (Asia Pacific), TechStars
Philippe Ceulen, Head of Programs, Creative Enterprise Australia
Nicole Velik, Founder, The Ideas Bodega
Tamba Sumana, Talent Acquisition Strategy & Operations, Lucida
Mike Safyan, VP of Launch, Planet Labs Inc.
Cormac Sheehan, Founder & Co-Founder, Cannabis Co & Green Planet
Richie Meldrum, Brand Startegist/Writer
Alastair Simpson, Head of Design; Platform, Growth, Trello & Confluence, Atlassian/Trello
Sean Hall, Founder, Energx
Lucio Ribeiro, Marketing Lecturer at RMIT and Digital Transformation Consultant
Tracy Hall, Former Head of Marketing of Virgin Mobile, Ebay, Go Daddy
Tobi Skovron, CEO, Creative Cubes
Wendi Dawson, Chief Brand Officer, Victory Offices
Ren Butler, Labs Manager, WeWork
Margot van der Poel, Brand Manager - APAC, Spaces
Mike Biggs, Director of Innovation, Telstra
Barb Hyman, CEO, PredictiveHire
Kirsten Mann, Global VP Product Experience, Oracle
Gideon Silverman, CEO & Founder, Awayco
Ben Sanders, CEO & Founder, PlaySport
Charles Johnson, Global Director Innovation, PUMA Group
Edward H Blake, Interaction Designer, Art Processors
Samantha Hamilton, Head of Preservation and Collections, Arts Centre Melbourne
Dr Ryan Jefferies, Head of Programs, Science Gallery Melbourne
Mads Brown, Head of Business Development, Fortress
Kori Bassi, Esports Commentator & Content Creator
Lewis Mitchell, Partnerships Lead, Twitch
Will Connolly, Pro humanitarian / Often known as EggBoy
Ruby Bourke, Green School Graduate / Public Speaker
Ella Simons, High School Student / Community leader
Galvin Davis, Founder & Director, Protein One
Andrew Lewis, Senior Manager - Guest Experience, Toyota Australia
Antony Reed, Territory Manager, EPIC Games



Big on networking? Who isn't! That's why most of us attend events. This year we bring you the European startup web-app called Deal Room to help you book special sessions, view all attendees, sponsors and exhibitors, meet investors, do business and plan your program favs. YES! YES! YES!


So how do you enter the app? If you got your ticket, you'll be automatically invited to setup your profile and off you go. Develop. Network. Grow.




With only 3 weeks to go, you still have time to meet the titans of your trade. Get your ticket now to book special sessions, after-parties and use our web-app Deal Room for networking and mapping your journey.





To not overwhelm you all at once and give others enough time to get their tickets for special sessions - next Monday we will be opening the following session for booking:

Speed-Date Experts
Walking Talks
VIP Business Breakfast by Melbourne Connect

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