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Tech & Science Robot bugs, VR and deckchairs: Pause Fest 2020 in pictures

10:40  14 february  2020
10:40  14 february  2020 Source:   smartcompany.com.au

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Pause Fest is the world’s leading festival for business and creativity. It's a moment in time when we get together to share our fears, wins, learnings, skills, and passion for creation. Pause Fest 2020 takes place between 5-7 Feb 2020 at Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.

The theme for Pause Fest 2020 is New Odyssey; it’s where we will explore the next phase of our evolution in business and society. In 2019, Pause Fest saw over 19,000 people pass through festival doors. Attendees heard from 300 inspirational speakers who presented ideas that challenged

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It’s been a week since the yellow and black balloons were taken down, the Tesla was wheeled out and the robot-insect DJ booth was (we assume) dismantled, as the curtain closed on Melbourne’s 10th Pause Fest.

It was three days of meet-and-greets, workshops, revelations and revelry. And the SmartCompany team was there to soak it all in and capture the essence of the event.

Tech was tested, business matches were made, Bahn Mi was munched, and LinkedIn QR codes exchanged.

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Signing off # Pause 2020 from @yeringstn in Yarra Valley. Thank you all. See you in 2021! pic .twitter.com/gRIbD6oUyT. Giant Deckchairs @giantdeckchair. World’s leading festival for business and creativity. Celebrating 10 Years of Australian Innovation.

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I kid you not, pledges of allegiance were taken.

At the same time, attendees tapped furiously at their laptops and sent emails on the run. Work doesn’t stop just because Pause is in town.

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Speaking ahead of the event, Pause Fest founder and ‘enabler of awesome’ George Hedon said the event is about people, and making emotional human connections.

Having run the event for the past 10 years, Hedon has seen a few speakers come and go — both local and international.

But, when asked to name a favourite, he’s momentarily flummoxed.

Hedon has an interesting relationship with speakers, he says. He’s involved with booking them, builds a personal relationship with them, but doesn’t always actually see their sessions.

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Future of Sex founder Bryony Cole talks sextech and connection.

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Attendees pledge to do work they love doing.

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Arturo Arrarte, Slack’s head of sales for the Asia Pacific region, speaking at Pause Fest 2020.

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He also hears a lot of feedback on their presentations.

It’s hard to know whether he thinks of a speaker fondly because they were good, or because of his own connection with them, he explains.

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Nura headphones get a test run.

But, when pushed, Hedon recalls an incident when Alysha Naples, former senior director of user experience and interaction at San Francisco startup Magic Leap, took to the Pause Fest stage in 2017.

“She was so emotional; she cried on the stage,” he says.

“Almost everyone followed her … it was that emotional, and everyone was deeply moved by her presentation.”

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Pause Fest is world's leading festival of business and creativity. Can you believe it’s been 10 years of Pause ?! This year, unlike any other, you'll be experiencing the largest production of Pause Fest we have ever had thanks to our new partners at Scene Change.

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Pause Fest volunteers.

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This is indicative of what Pause Fest is all about, he says.

Naples put herself out there, and people were talking about it for the whole rest of the festival, he says.

“We try to get real people … who are dealing with real issues every day in their work,” Hedon explains.

“We want them to engage with the community,” he adds.

“We really focus on people, experiences, real stories — and I think this realness and emotion shows through some of those presentations and interactions.”

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Photographs taken by SmartCompany reporter Priscilla Pho.

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