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Pause Fest is back in 2020

A diverse array of the world's best creators, builders, and doers are heading to Melbourne for Pause Fest 2020.

Pause Fest is the world’s leading festival for business and creativity. 

For the last decade, founder George Hedon and his team have proudly built Pause Fest’s reputation as one of the creative, business, and tech industry’s biggest events. And from the looks of things, 2020 is set to continue their upward trend.

The underlying theme for its tenth year is “New Odyssey”, and the event will see innovators and curious minds posing the question: who owns the future?

“We now stand at a crossroads, looking towards the new decade while acknowledging the tremendous leap of innovation in the past ten years. The conversation is no longer about individual successes; it’s about our collective exponential development towards a more inclusive society,” Hedon says.

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The 2020 edition will build upon last year’s success and welcome over thirty international speakers. The world’s most innovative companies such as Google, Adidas, Atlassian, Amazon, WGSN, Square Peg, Mercedes-Benz, Walt Disney, Patagonia, Ueno, Facebook, Culture Amp are set to come together once again.

Priding itself as a festival and not a conference, attendees can look forward to progressive workshops, extraordinary experiences, the Tech Garden Expo, non-awkward networking, VIP dinner and business breakfasts as well as after-parties.

For their 2020 event, Pause Fest has revealed some of its best speaker headliners yet.

Co-Founder and ECD of Territory Studios David Sheldon-Hicks will make his way to Pause Fest. With credits including Spy Museum, Ready Player One, 007 Elements, Blade Runner 2049, Ghost in the Shell, and The Martian the Territory Studios team have crafted a reputation for creatively led narrative design based off a love of storytelling and technology.

He’ll be joined by Barbara Soalheiro, the Founder of team-based work system Mesa. She has worked with Google, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Natura, to name a few, and before that she was the Editor-in-Chief of groundbreaking ’90s magazine Colours so we can’t wait to hear what she brings to the festival.

Adidas’ Global Head of Sport Science Paul Francis will also share his knowledge. With over two decades of experience in elite sport with the mindset of a ‘problem solver’, Francis has worked with some of the greatest athletes and performance minds,  in the pursuit of making each athlete better.

That’s just the tip of their speaker lineup, which also includes representatives from Netflix, Google Nest, Uber Air, Facebook, and more.

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Pause Fest 2020 will take place at its new home, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, from Wednesday 5 February until Friday 7 February. Get your tickets here.

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