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You're invited to Pause Awards Night 2023 & Afterparty!

A Celebration Like No Other. Powered by Blackmagic Design.

Greetings Innovators, Dreamers, and Change-Makers of Australia,

The pulse of Australian innovation is beating stronger than ever, and we’re thrilled to announce that the most eagerly awaited evening in our innovation ecosystem is upon us once again — The Pause Awards Night 2023 is here, bigger and bolder!

For the First Time Open to the Public

This year, we’re not just celebrating amongst ourselves; we're inviting the entire community to boost the ecosystem and revel in the audacious achievements of our homegrown innovators. This is your exclusive invitation to join the trailblazers and champions at the forefront of Australian innovation.

Join us for an unforgettable evening at the 2023 Pause Awards, where anticipation builds as we unveil the year's winner. You can secure your Premium Winner's Pack and Trophies immediately post-event, with winners' media kits and promotional photos by one and only Jess Middleton at your fingertips. Video aftermovie and vox-pops from the night will be provided by NeonSheep Films and you can learn how to become an influencer with Blackmagic Design, the sponsor of the event.

We’re throwing in additional 360 video, Pause Terra game plus more prizes on the night! A special guest, part of Pause Awards Growth Mentors Board, Dom Pym, Co-founder of UP will be joining us.

Introducing Megan Flamer, the visionary at the intersection of mindfulness and innovation. With a unique ability to infuse calm into unexpected places, she has crafted transformative programs for diverse audiences, from prison parole programs to Fortune 500 giants. Megan is the Director of Innovation at the Monash Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies, and hosts "The Advisory Board" on Disrupt Radio.

Megan will be taking the stage as the MC to join George Hedon. It’s a night you won’t want to miss, filled with inspiration, networking opportunities, and, of course, the much-anticipated Walking-Dance for winners!

Meet DJ Hijack, the dynamic artist who seamlessly fuses genres, from RnB to Drum 'n' Bass, and owns Melbourne's dancefloors. Hailing from London, with LA experience, he's now a sought-after fixture in Melbourne's nightlife, igniting venues like Revolver and Section 8. An impressive lineup of international supports include Timbaland, Paul Oakenfold, Craig David and Calvin Harris to name a few. Get ready to groove to his beats at the Pause Awards!

Prizes on the night: We're giving away x4 tickets to Melbourne F1 Grand Prix 2024 – Quad Lock Box & Rooftop in the Fanzone. And Nura earbuds. Super dope! 

Joining the Quad Lock team for a day at the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix is not just an event; it's an experience of a lifetime! 

This is an exclusive opportunity to immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere of Formula 1, right alongside a team that's synonymous with innovation and adventure. With Quad Lock's passion for cutting-edge design and a dynamic lifestyle, you'll have access to the adrenaline-fueled action, witnessing the world's fastest machines and most skilled drivers battle it out on the iconic Albert Park circuit.As our guest, you'll feel the intensity and atmosphere from the Quad Lock Box. Enjoy access to our Quad Lock rooftop in the heart of the fanzone. Enjoy insightful conversations with the Quad Lock experts and connect with fellow enthusiasts. This thrilling day offers an unparalleled blend of speed, technology, and excitement, making it an extraordinary way to experience the prestigious Melbourne F1 Grand Prix with the innovative spirit of Quad Lock fuelling the adventure.

Let’s celebrate the business success and end of the year with a bang, in the stylish venue, with premium canapes and bottomless drinks. This event is sure to sell-out so book your group tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.

The upcoming Pause Awards Night & Afterparty promises to be a premium, must-attend event. Here are the key highlights of the program for the night:

6pm – 7pm
Red Carpet, Profile Photos and Jazz

Start the evening with a stylish red carpet and networking session, where you can mingle with industry leaders and take professional portraits with Mod Creativ in front of the media wall or try 360 video experience. Premium canapes will be served from 6:30 to 9:30, and there will be bottomless spirits available all night.

7pm – 7:12pm
Night’s Overview & Ecosystem Insights

We are delighted to introduce our new host, Megan Flamer, who will be joining George Hedon. They will share insights into the Australian ecosystem for 2023, award news and provide a brief overview of what you can expect for the rest of the night. Get ready for non-stop fun!

7pm – 7:12pm
Speaking Sponsors on the Night

Hear from influential figures like Jaffa McKenzie, Director of the Digital Economy at VicGov, and Mel Atherton from Blackmagic Design, offering their insights into the business and creative industries.

7:19pm – 8:09pm
Storytelling, Pause & Play

Hear an engaging story from Dom Pym’s entrepreneurial journey, engage in a short mindfulness exercise and participate in 'Pause Terra' – a fun and thrilling game with a chance to win exclusive prizes including Melbourne GP F1 2024 tickets courtesy of Quad Lock and Nura buds.

8:09pm – 9:31pm
Ceremony Begins: Walking-Dance & 10-Words-Speech

Unlike anything you’ve seen before, dancing down the red carpet to receive the Pause Award is a viral sensation of our ceremony. The winners in order of: Hall of Fame, followed by Category Tracks: Culture, Excellence, Good, Growth, Operators. The best is left for the last: People’s Choice, Grand Prix and two new award levels Champion and Diamond. Best Walking-Dance also gets a chance to win exclusive Melbourne GP F1 2024 tickets and Nura buds.

9:36pm – 9:48pm
Professional Group Photography with Everyone

For the memory books, this year we want to take a few more shots than just with winners. Extensive number of judges will be in the room, so we’re planning a small production set to manage and take all necessary shots with winners, judges and all of you.

9:48pm – 11:00pm
Afterparty begins with DJ Hijack

To kick off the Afterparty, everyone will get an opportunity to do the Walking-Dance on the red carpet as a group, finishing off with a limbo on the dancefloor. This was a request that we’re triling first time! DJ Hijack will be dropping beats from R’n’B to House and whatever your dancing feet desire, ensuring an unforgettable end to a spectacular night.

11:00pm - Onwards
The End, and Something More

The Pause Awards Night & Afterparty will officially end at 11pm, but we understand that some of you may not be ready to go home right away. Therefore, we are exploring options for a nearby venue where you can continue to unwind.

This Pause Awards Night & Afterparty is not just an event; it's an experience. Prepare to be dazzled, inspired and supatertained in a night that celebrates excellence, creativity and unforgettable moments.

Don’t miss out on this signature occasion – secure your tickets now for a night to remember!


    VENUE: BOND Melbourne

    DATE: Monday 4th December 2023

    TIME: 6pm – 11pm

    FORMAT: Cocktail and canapé

    DRESS CODE: Black tie / Cocktail

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: Please enter your requirements when purchasing tickets.

    GROUP TICKETS: You can purchase group tickets for 5 or 10 and limited VIP Booth or Table seats of 6.


    6pm – 7pm | WELCOME RECEPTION

    7pm – 8:30pm | AWARDS PRESENTATION

    8:30pm – 11pm | AFTERPARTY

    11pm  | ENDS

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