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Who are we?

The Pearcey Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded in 1998 in memory of a great Australian ICT pioneer Dr Trevor Pearcey.

The Foundation operates broadly across the Australian Information Communication Technologies (ICT) sector, from celebrating achievements through national and state awards, to being involved in debate and public policy on critical national issues such as productivity, the digital economy and national infrastructure.


Each year, the Pearcey Foundation organises events and makes awards including:

  • National Awards which recognise outstanding achievement in Australian ICT covering the Pearcey Medal and the Benson Entrepreneur Award. From 2012 onwards, the national awards were presented as part of the iAwards
  • State Awards to recognise upcoming individuals in each Australian State
  • National Debates on critical issues affecting the Australian ICT Industry
  • Pearcey Oration by an eminent Australian on critical ICT issues

The most prestigious Australian ICT Award to an individual is the Pearcey Medal.


The Pearcey Foundation is also proactive in ICT initiatives. For example, in order to accurately measure the impact of ICT in the Australian Economy, the Pearcey Foundation has put forward a Proposal for a Digital Economy Economic Studies Institute (DEESI). The aim of the Institute would be to bring together fragmented and duplicated sets of statistics and analyses scattered among many government, academic and industry organisations.

About the iAwards

The iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the ICT industry. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators.

The key goal of the iAwards is to discover, recognise and reward the ICT innovations that have the potential to, or are already having a positive impact on the community – at home, in the office and on a global scale. The iAwards also recognises the achievements made and value added by ICT professionals, CIOs and innovators.

The Pearcey Foundation joined the AIIA and the ACS in 2012 to create the first truly national ICT awards program. Two representatives of each Host Partner sit on the iAwards Steering Committee and manage the annual program. In 2014 Wayne Fitzsimmons and Rick Harvey represent the Pearcey Foundation.

Awards and Events

2014 iAwards Events

State/Territory Winners announced soon - registration for events is now open[click here>>[1]]

Join us to celebrate 20 years of technology and innovation at the State iAwards, events being held locally over in June and July.

The schedule of events is as follows; all are evening events excepting South Australia:

4 June 2014 Vic State iAwards at Storey Hall RMIT. Vic Pearcey Award winners for 2014 were Guy King and Bevan Clark

12 June 2014 Qld State iAwards at Parliament House Brisbane. The Qld Pearcey Award winner was Andrew Jessett

17 June 2014 ACT State iAwards at The National Arboretum Canberra. The ACT Pearcey Award winner for 2014 was John de Margheriti

20 June 2014 WAiTTA State iAwards was held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.

25 June 2014 NSW State iAwards was held at the Aerial Function Centre UTS.

27 June 2014 SA State iAwards was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 27 June 2014. Winner of the 2014 SA Pearcey Entrepreneur Award was Dr Henry Detmold.

3 July 2014 Tas State iAwards was held at the Henry Jones Art Hotel. Winner of the 2014 Tasmania Pearcey Entrepreneur Award was James Cuda.

2014 iAwards Timeable

The 2014 iAwards Program timetable is similar to prior years with the State events to be held in the June time frame followed by the national iAwards event on Friday 29th August at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Winners of the iAwards 2014 will have the opportunity to compete against businesses from across the Asia Pacific region at the 2014 Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) to be held in Pakistan in November this year. [2]

2013 NSW Pearcey Award event

The 2103 NSW Pearcey State Award took place on Wednesday 23 October 2013 at the NSW Parliament House in front of 180 leaders of the ICT and Digital Media industries, to celebrate technology entrepreneurship in NSW. The Award exposes the wealth of talent in NSW and encourages would-be entrepreneurs.

This year's Award was presented by Mr Paul Toole, Parliamentary Secretary for the Deputy Premier, to joint winners:

  • Simon Clausen, founder of PC Tools and now Startive Ventures, and
  • Naomi Simson, founder of Red Balloon.

These two winners were selected from a panel of 15 strong entrants by previous year's winners, and will be the NSW entrants for the 2014 National iAwards Benson Entrepreneur award.

For more information see http://pearcey.org.au/New_South_Wales_Pearcey.


Latest Bulletin

Brenda Aynsley recognised with Order of Australia

Brenda Aynsley awarded Order of Australia in the General Division on the 2014 Australia Day Honours list.

Brenda is well known to the Pearcey Foundation members since her early involvement with Pearcey as South Australia President from 2006 to 2012. Brenda has been prominent in the ICT sector for many years and was elected Australian Computer Society president at a meeting of the ACS congress in November 2013 succeeding Dr Nick Tate who is one of two ACS Representatives on the 2014 iAwards Steering Committee. Nick Tate made the observation, at the time of her election to ACS Presiden, that Brenda was an exceptional member of the ACS who had dedicated much of her time to the advancement of the ICT profession in South Australia and across the nation. The team at the Pearcey Foundation congratulate Brenda on being recognised in this way and look forward to collaborating with her and the ACS national team over the next two years.

News Bulletins on 2014 iAwards

Regular bulletins are being published during the course of 2014 on the key milestones and activities leading to the State iAwards and the national iAwards events. The national committee of the Pearcey Foundation encourages all of us involved in our incredibly diverse ICT industry to participate in our iAwards program. If you wish to be involved in any way please contact the Pearcey Foundation or the iAards organisation on the various contact telephone numbers and email addresses distributed on our web pages. We encourage you to read our Latest Bulletin. These bulletins will be updated regularly throughout 2014.

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