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If there is anything that is certain in this world it is that the world is changing at a pace we have never experienced before and that means that the approach we have towards work and the workplace is also changing, dramatically.

This will be one of the big topics being discussed at Pause Fest 2016, where the speakers and attendees will inspire festival goers and make them slap their forehead and say “I wish I’d thought of that,” says founder of the event George Hedon.

“The way business is being done is changing forever as the old ways are being disrupted by the new,” says Hedon.

“From crowdsourcing development and using a modular approach, to digital transformation, to migrating a business, to a fully digital ecosystem and moving beyond open-plan offices, to environments that actually work. At Pause Fest a major discussion point will be around how your business can be transformed before it gets disrupted.”

Pause Fest currently attracts around 12,000 attendees from all over Australia and the world. Hedon believes that part of the success is due to the fact that the conference is always reinventing and re-engineering itself – exceeding the expectations of the average conference that people are used to, particularly in this space.

In regards to the topic of discovering innovative ways of working, Pause will be highlighting four particular innovations that are sure to turn heads.

Crowdsourcing with Hyperloop

There will be discussion taking place around crowdsourcing big projects like Hyperloop. In the future it is highly likely that the general public will support useful projects and infrastructure that people really need. Perhaps even governments will hop on the crowdsourcing train to gain support for projects and ideas. Hyperloop and self-driving cars will change the way we live in the future so much that our lifestyles and how we go about everyday will dramatically change.

Telstra migrating to digital

Telstra partnered with Fjord recently to look at how a digital ecosystem can help to transform not only the experience for their customers, but also their workforce. These are two sides of the same coin – employees deliver the service experiences Telstra’s customers have, so how do we support these employees to do and be their best? In their session at Pause Fest, the team will share and discuss specific examples, challenges, insights and honest stories of service design methodologies as the basis for business transformation.

Inlight using modularity

Ever-changing business needs, re-branding, out-dated user experience, non-responsive – these are just a few of the challenges facing the flagship websites of large businesses. Such complicated digital transformations require a new way of thinking to be successful. Inlight will take festival attendees through their modular approach and inform the audience on how it can remove the risk of complex re-platforming projects.

Thoughtworks team structure

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design and Maths are all creative pursuits. Combining these talents allows teams to see further and create winning products. The business case for diversity along demographic lines is clear, but more importantly it’s the right thing to do. The conference will allow people to discover how to uncover, unleash and take advantage of the diversity of background, talent and creativity in the people around them.

Pause Fest 2016 will take place at Federation Square on the 8th – 14th of February 2016. Tickets can be purchased here.

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