Our Pausefest 2018 Picks: Thursday 8 Feb

The line up for Pause Fest on Thursday promises to be, as one would expect, filled from wall to outdoor wall with innovators; notable people of interest who have held past mistakes as a marker for later success beyond their wildest dreams, and some who will show us new ways of pushing through the exhaustive lists contained within the daily lives of over achievers. We’ll learn how to not only survive the gusty waters of business in a tech, tech world, but how to do it with some semblance of panache.

We’ll learn how to not only survive the gusty waters of business in a tech, tech world, but how to do it with some semblance of panache.

Here are our top picks for Thursday at Pause Fest;

GROUP WORKSHOP: LET THAT SH*T GO

Dara Simkin, Play Consultant & Mindset Coach for Project Play leads this workshop that will help us find a way through feeling overwhelmed with what needs to happen next. Personally I’ve found it can be quite paralysing. You know that moment when you stare at your to-do list with a glazed expression, and then the words start swimming around and you don’t know how or where to start? This session is about activating the art of improvisation and “letting that sh*t go”. It’s about getting in to a decisive flow, but leaving room to adapt, adjust and respond in any situation.

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INCLUSIVE DESIGN’S HIDDEN LEGACY — AND HOW TO RISE WITH IT

Michael Sui from Airbnb will uncover a hidden history of creative luminaries across fashion, art, and architecture, building the foundation of today’s Inclusive Design movement.  Sui has grown his career by designing product and brand experiences at Google, YouTube, Airbnb, and retail experiences for Pottery Barn in San Francisco. Inclusive design can come in the form of a digital tool, a printed piece, or a design language system, and Sui’s expertise lays in finding solutions that embody empathy and respond to human behaviour.

HOW TO BUILD A 12 MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS

CEO Tim Ruse is the co-founder f Zero Latency, a world leading free-roam virtual reality technology business. He’ll take us from inception through to prototype, fundraising, launch and global roll out of his 12 million dollar idea which was born over a lunch break. Hear how Zero Latency started in a garage, stormed the world stage and generated 40x revenue in under two years.

BEYOND SIRI: HOW VOICE EXPERIENCE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

More than ever, Voice Experience (VX) is essential to the strategy and future development of brands. But, what does this mean for technology, for culture and for our everyday way of life? The age of asking is well and truly here. What I am most interested in hearing is what speakers Kath Blackham and Jeff Gibb think the long-term social impact of VX technology will be. Blackham has been in tech solutions for over 15 years and has championed local initiatives (Code Like a Girl), and been an Australian voice for digital around the globe (SoDA.) Recently she helped spearhead the creation of Australia’s first enterprise-level voice experience (VX) agency VERSA, with American digital consultancy, RAIN.

What does Voice Experience (VX) mean for technology, for culture and for our everyday way of life?

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THE FOUR PILLARS OF TECH PUBLICITY

This panel will put some of Australia’s key communications leaders in our reach (within earshot, at the very least). Up for discussion will be how to merge key elements of technology, content, PR and social media for maximum impact, and finding that perfect blend of online and offline elements to blow your own horn to media, fans and frenemies. The session will be moderated by Chiquita Serle, speaker, writer, publicist & entrepreneur. Panelists: Christie Whitehill – Tech Ready Program & Hatching Lab, Samantha Dybac – SMWY Group and Bonnie Borland – Social&.

HOW TO GET MEANINGFUL THINGS DONE

Why are we still procrastinating?

Many of are able to work through all manner of senseless, unfulfilling tasks every day. Some of us may even have picked up the odd productivity book, too. But, how do we blast through to the important stuff? Why are we still procrastinating? During this talk Dr. Amantha Imber will share her evidence-based approach to reveal how our current behaviours are killing our ability to do meaningful work. Imber will offer a transformative approach for your daily grind, and hopefully ours, too. I think this means that we won’t be allowed to check social media while in session, either. Or Mashable. Just an inkling. Oh look, a cute cat video.

RISKY BUSINESS – BRANDS USING FACEBOOK LIVE TO BREAK THE FOURTH WALL

The breakthrough Hump Shopping Network campaign for eBay was created by VICE’s in-house agency VIRTUE. During this panel discussion, hear the highlights and lowlights from the mouths of the lead creatives as they talk brief, strategy and the risks of broadcasting on Facebook Live. The discussion will be moderated by Damien Miller, Client Services Director or VIRTUE, with panelists Jamie Houge, Managing Director, PLOT Media, Casey Bosward, Content & Social, eBay, and Miles O’Neil, Performing Artist/Talent, Hump Shopping Network.

Stef and Jess Dadon, co-founders of Twoobs will take us through the challenges, surprises and super fail moments of making their own line of footwear.

DESIGNING AND PRODUCING PRODUCTS IN CHINA with TWOOBS

Stef and Jess Dadon, co-founders & CEOs of Twoobs will take us through the challenges, surprises and super fail moments of making their own line of footwear.

The Dadon sisters are Australian designers, creative directors and entrepreneurs. They first launched How Two Live as a daily diary in 2012, and it has since grown into a global platform with a dedicated following.

JOURNEY TO 16M COMBINED INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS

How do you even get 16M followers on Instagram, anyway? According to Gretta Van Riel, founder of SkinnyMe Tea, The 5th, DropBottle and Hey Influencers, even entrepreneurs with huge follower stats can make mistakes. Van Riel will help us avoid making the same ones with inspired, actionable steps and tools to launch a new business (or change tack on a current one). What is the best way for brands to harness the people power behind social media influencers? We’re really looking forward to this one, as influencers are a hot topic right now, and not always for the most positive of reasons. Van Riel will also share her insights on the future of online marketing and social media.
What is the best way for brands to harness the people power behind social media influencers?

VR / AR / MR Current, The ecosystem & Future

During this discussion, explore every dimension of virtual, augmented and mixed reality with a panel of leaders in fields across volumetric video, hardware, startups and business. Learn all that is next in this exciting medium in Australia. The panel will be moderated by Leah Bunny, Co-Founder, Real World VR & Reality Reload, with panelists Lawrence Crumpton, Evangelist, Microsoft HoleLens, Priscilla Harris, Head of Virtual Reality, HTC Vive, John Sietsma, Evangelist, Unity Technologies, Scott O’Brien, Co-Founder, Humense, Reality Reload.

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Only 200 tickets remain for Pause Fest 2018 at Fed Square in Melbourne.

Click here for access, and we’ll see you there!

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