They call it the Sundance meets Burning Man. Or was it Burning Man meets SXSW? Either way, I reckon PAUSE is an event everyone in the creative industries should go to, because it is real content, from people and companies right in the midst of the changing tech.
PAUSE allows you to be part of the changing landscape in the creative industries, stay ahead of its changing technologies and to understand the business opportunities available to those who stick their neck out. At PAUSE, you can get to know the right people, either living locally or flown in especially for the event. PAUSE is small enough to be considered boutique, yet filled with a concentrated mix of great people. It is an incredible networking opportunity for those seeking their next media move.
I’ve attended the PAUSE festival over the last three or so years. Based in Melbourne, and curated by an amazing director George Hedon, the show has become the leading conference and festival of its kind in the Asia-Pacific arena. Guest speakers on the board so far are from Netflix, IBM, NASA, TechCrunch. Guy Kawasaki will be there as well as Melinda Epler from Change Catalyst. Amazon and T-Hub, PIXAR, Clique, SXSW, The Mill, BlackMagic and Airtree. A brilliant line-up, again.
Two display installations have been revealed for PAUSE, just short of the event at the end of next week. Audio-visual sensation Georgie Pinn will unveil her multimedia artwork ECHO in which you can immerse yourself. Capturing thousands of faces and melding the various parts, ECHO is a project that takes shared identity several steps further. Working as a pop-up photo-booth installation ECHO was commissioned by the Cube as part of the QUT.
tagSpace|EXPERIENCE app is going to bring you all kinds of Augmented Reality experiences through the festival on Federation Square. Download the App during the Pause Fest to take part.
The PAUSE Festival is on 7 – 11 February in Federation Square in Melbourne.
Get your tickets here.