Pause Fest 2014 gearing up to showcase innovative startups

- December 2, 2013 2 MIN READ

Australia’s most progressive digital innovation festival Pause is hitting Melbourne on the 13th to 16th of February 2014. As the Southern Hemisphere’s answer to SXSW, Pause Fest 2014 will take place at the Federation Square across four days, showcasing innovation from a range of digital industries.

The last day of the festival is a conference bonanza, covering the spectrum of digital, music, gaming, business and advertising industries. For business owners, entrepreneurs and early stage startups, the Global Village Start-Up session will inspire paths for new ideas. Moderated by Athena Prib, Telstra’s Young Business Award finalist, the panel discussion will focus on the subject of startups – and will feature four speakers including Alfred Lo from Optus-Innov8, Nathan Sampimon from Inspire9, Rick Chen from Pozible and Erz Imam from Occasional Butler and Depo8.

Pause Fest is in its third year and the fifth incarnation. Continuing where Pause Fest 2012’s Future theme left off, this year’s festival theme, Connected, focuses on the possibilities that lie ahead – what steps we have taken in the past to accomplish what we have at present and what that means for the future of the global digital community.

The purpose of the festival is to “enable creative collaborations around the globe and to promote digital culture as the focal point of an annual festival”.

Throughout the year, Pause Fest operates as an online community, offering an international space for collaboration, sharing and creative engagement. Pause Fest converges motion, interactive and digital artform platforms to deliver on-screen content, workshops, keynote presentations, interactive installations and panel forums.

Pause Fest 2014 lineup include:

Alfred Lo – Lead Principal, Optus-Innov8
David Ponce de Leon – Creative Director, BD Network
Hugh Davies – Product Manager, Madman Entertainment
James Wright – Managing Director, Red Agency
Jason Sew Hoy – COO, 99Designs
Jules Tervoort – Managing Director, PostPanic
Luke Van O – Brand Strategist, Lukevano
Mark Simpson – Creative Director, Sixty40
Melanie Perkins – CEO, Canva.com
Mischa Rozema – Creative Director, PostPanic
Murray Galbraith – Creative Director Digital, W3
Nigel Dalton – CIO, REA Group
Nathan Sampimon – Founder, Inspire9
Rick Chen – Co-Founder, Pozible
Steve Palfreyman – Artispreneur
Tim O’Neill – Co-founder, Reactive
Tim Webster – Melbourne Community Manager, Uber

Tickets are $160 and available to purchase until the 6th of December, 2013. Ticket holders have the chance join the Elevator Pitch. Fifteen people will be selected to pitch their idea to the Pause fest audience for two minutes.

For more information, visit www.pausefest.com.au or click here to purchase tickets.