The Pearcey Foundation is actively involved in raising the profile of the Australian ICT industry. Listed below are some of the initiatives that we have led or been involved in.
Other ongoing activities include:
- Updating the Pearcey related pages on Wikipedia
- Investigate getting the IDG Pearcey portrait in the National Portrait Gallery
- Working the Museum of Victoria on the new CSIRAC display
- Wiki for Australian ICT heritage, capabilities and heros
- Thought leadership in ICT issues e.g. economic studies, digital economy benefits
- Consolidation of fragmented ICT groups e.g. expatriate connect etc.
February 2010, the Pearcey Foundation was proud to support the Australasian Industrial Research Group (AIRG) 2010 National Meeting. The meeting was held 21-23 February 2010 at the Craigieburn Resort (Bowral NSW) and discussed "How can R&D Managers influence and improve the future of Australasian research and innovation?"
Dec 2010, published opinion on the NBN in ITwire.com - A Perspective on the NBN
60th Anniversary of CSIRAC
On 18 November 2009, the Pearcey Foundation, ACS Victoria Branch together with the Melbourne Museum, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of CSIRAC. It will commemorate:
- The 60th anniversary of the execution of the first stored program.
- The listing of CSIRAC on the Victorian Heritage Register (the first time that an object rather than a building is registered).
- The plans for the future of the CSIRAC display at the Melbourne Museum.
Commercialisation Australia Submission
In August 2009, the Pearcey Foundation made a submission to the CCI Steering Committee focussed around bringing SME (small to medium enterprise) and Academia closer together. The submission suggested two programs. The first was to bring SMEs into Academia by giving incentives to propose problems. The second was to bring Academia to SMEs, be providing incentives for practical research work experience in SMEs.
Digital Economy Submission
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) published a discussion paper on the Digital Economy in late 2008. The Pearcey Foundation's submission in response to this discussion paper is entitled A Proposal to create a Digital Economy Studies Institute. It was one of many now available for viewing on the DBCDE website.
In February 2009, the Pearcey Foundation made a submission that recommended the creation of Economic Research Institute dedicated to measure the impact of ICT on the national economy as a way to ensure Australia fully exploits its ICT skills and know-how.
For more information please see our Pearcey Proposal for a Digital Economy Economic Studies Institute (DEESI).
National Broadband Network (NBN) Roundtable
The announcement in March 2009 by the Federal Government of the $43 Billion National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative, has stimulated substantial interest throughout Australia and especially within the ICT sector. With this in mind, the Pearcey Foundation held a roundtable on the economic, business and social impact of the NBN on this nation.
The 2009 National Pearcey Event consisted of:
- A Gen-X/Y panel of young ICT professionals who gave their views on the future possibilities of ICT in Australia assuming an NBN existed
- An industry panel of experts who debated the value of the NBN to Australia
- Robyn Williams gave the 2009 Pearcey Oration - covering the vastly changing world we are about to witness
- Senator Stephen Conroy gave the Governments perspective
Innovation Review Submission
On the 22nd January 2008, the Federal Government of Australia, under the auspices of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, established an Expert Panel to review the National Innovation System. The Panel is chaired by Dr Terry Cutler a well known and highly respected ICT industry expert. Full details on the term of reference for this review are set out on the Expert Panel's website.
The Pearcey Foundation responded with a view to raise the awareness of the role Australian ICT plays in this nation's innovation processes in Research and Development, Government and most importantly in industry where the commercialisation of innovative ideas occurs, to a large extent.
In April 2008, eight members of the Pearcey Foundation submitted a paper in response to the Expert Panel's "Call for Submissions". This paper Submission to the 2008 Innovation Review to create an independent Economic Studies Institute proposed ways to understand the impact of ICT across the Australian economy and community.
The accompanying letter with the submission from the Pearcey Foundation to the Expert Panel, is also available for review along with all of the submissions to the Panel is available on the Innovation Review website.
National Innovation Review Roundtable
Australia's Innovation Review Committee was chaired by Dr. Terry Cutler. The Pearcey Foundation approached Dr Cutler to speak at an "ICT Industry Roundtable" specifically to discuss the recommendations in the Innovation Review Green Paper. On Thursday afternoon/evening 11th September 2008, just days after the release of the Green Paper, The Pearcey Foundation held a National Innovation Review Roundtable in Sydney.
The 2008 National Pearcey Event consisted of:
- A panel of industry experts commented on the recommendations
- A Gen-X/Y panel of young ICT professionals who gave their views on the Green Paper Recommendations
- Terry Cutler who gave the Pearcey Oration
- Graeme Philipson gives his Impressions of the event's proceedings
A full recording of the debate and the evening's proceedings (including the Pearcey Oration) is available on a podcast - click here to listen. Text of the Pearcey Oration delivered by Dr Cutler is available for review.
National ICT SWOT Roundtable
On 4th November 2004, the Pearcey Foundation held a Colloquium to discuss the state of the Australian ICT Industry.
- Pearcey Colloquium - SWOT Australian ICT Industry - comprehensive report written by noted journalist Beverly Head
Pearcey to the PC - History Conference
On 1st September 2003, the Pearcey Foundation held a Conference to celebrate 50 years of computing. The afternoon event drew a wide selection of speakers that traced the significant events of computing in Australia, from the first digital computer built by Dr Trevor Pearcey to the modern computing platforms.