Who are we?
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.
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. In response to the 2014 Victorian Governments call for comments on their Digital Economy initiative the Pearcey Foundation submitted a detailed recommendation including examples of similar institutes established around the world.
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 NSW Pearcey Awards evening
Genevieve George: OneShift
Ben Richardson & Dave Greiner: Campaign Monitor
Jeremy Levitt: Service Seeking
Mike Ford: SiteMinder
Tim Power: 3P Learning
This is THE entrepreneur award for the ICT and digital industries in NSW, run by a committee of volunteers that includes representatives from the Pearcey Foundation, the Australian Computer Society (ACS), and the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA). The committee also includes representatives from major Sydney incubators ATP Innovations, Fishburners, Incubate, Innovation Bay and Pollenenizer, as well as leading research centres NICTA and CSIRO. The recipient of the Award will be NSW’s entrant in next year’s Benson Award, which is a key component of the national iAwards program.
The Awards night recognises mid career entrepreneurs and their contributions to our industries, and encourages younger generations to start their own businesses. The awards also included a very lively business pitching competition, where students from the Universities of Wollongong, Sydney, UTS and UNSW competed for the kudos of winning, and cash prizes of $3,500.
The awards could not have happened without the support of VMWare, NICTA, SIRCA, the Australian Stock Exchange and the Australian Computer Society. The awards are delivered in conjunction with the iAwards program run by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and Pearcey Foundation.
[More photos of 2014 Winners are on Flikr]
2014 Pearcey Oration
The 2014 Pearcey Oration was delivered by Senator Kate Lundy, Senator representing the ACT, as part of the Friday 29 August national iAwards program. Senator Lundy spoke as part of the lunchtime activities shared by some 300 delegates to Australia 3.0, MasterClass and the Hills Yong Innovators pitching competition. The lunch was hosted by Ms Kathy Coultas, Director, Technology Industries, Department of State Development, Business, and Innovation, State Government of Victoria.
Senator Lundy is uniquely placed to observe the development of the ICT sector for the last 20 years and painted a vision of how the ICT sector can position itself to me a major player in the national scene over the next 20 years.
2014 Australia 3.0
Collaboration in the ICT sector or across Australian society generally, has always been challenging – our so called individualism runs deep! Or does it? Well on Thursday and Friday (28/29 August 2014), five major technology organisations joined forces to run the 2014 iAwards at Melbourne’s Convention Centre. Two of Australia’s leading ICT research bodies, National ICT Australia (NICTA) and CSIRO (several divisions are involved), collaborated with the sector’s three premium technology bodies, AIIA, the ACS and the Pearcey Foundation. The five conducted not only Australia’s largest national technology awards program (operating in all states culminating in the national event) but also Australia 3.0, a multi stream national digital innovation summit covering the innovative use of technology in improving our nation’s competitiveness. The four verticals supported by the major industry bodies were:
Federal Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson opened the Friday session in a Q&A Panel discussion on competitiveness and innovation. Parliamentary Secretary for Communications Paul Fletcher closed the Friday sessions shortly before speaking at NICTA’s ‘Showcase’ where many of their outstanding research projects were be on show. As well a national pitching competition from Hills Young Innovators Award 15 finalists under 25’s doing their thing in front a group of successful entrepreneurs as judges; all iAwards finalists were given practical insights into growing their businesses and succeeding internationally by a team of successful entrepreneurs sharing their personal experiences in a MasterClass. Attendees at MasterClass and Australia3.0, along with the Young Innovators finalists, all heard Senator Kate Lundy deliver the 2014 Pearcey Oration. All these activities were run in parallel and in close proximity to each other at the Convention Centre culminating on the Friday evening Gala Dinner where the best of the best were acknowledged by Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister Assisting the Minister for Communications.
Senator Kate Lundy to retire from politics
28 Nov 2014: Senator Kate Lundy, representing the ACT for the last 19 years, announced this week that she intends to retire from the Senate at the next election. Kate has been a champion of the ICT sector for many years and in fact is the one continuous voice for our sector in the Australian Parliament. We are sorry to see her go. On the 29th August Kate presented the Pearcey Oration at the 2014 national iAwards luncheon in Melbourne (her speech can be seen here).
In an interview with Paris Cowan of the iTnews this week, Senator Lundy commented that
“….. I think (the ICT) industry still struggles to tell its story, particularly because it is such a diverse sector. It is largely made up of small businesses that don’t necessarily have the ballast of big firms, and can struggle to get political recognition.” Kate also nominated open government leader Pia Waugh, rural broadband champion George Fong, and former ACS president Tom Worthington as some of those who had inspired her to be involved with the industry, while praising the work of industry bodies the AIIA, ACS and Pearcey Foundation.”
The Pearcey Foundation salutes and thanks Senator Lundy for her untiring support of the ICT sector and, in particular, her sustained commitment to supporting our Foundation, amongst many industry bodies. We wish her well in her next career step in which she undoubtedly will make her mark in the most positive sense.
2013 NSW Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
The 2014 NSW Tech Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Winners: Ben Richardson and Dave Greiner, founders of Campaign Monitor and Tim Power, managing director for 3P Learning. Winners of the Student Pitching Competition were: Sean Pollock$2000, Ishaan Varshney $1000 and Thomas Headland$500. Further information refer to the press release [>>]
Prof. Mary O'Kane named 2014 Pearcey Medalist
29 August 2014 - At the 2014 iAwards Gala dinner held at Melbourne's Convention Centre, near 750 guests saw Prof. Mary O'Kane awarded the 2014 Pearcey Medal. Dr Bob Frater and Peter Vogel were elevated to the Pearcey Hall of Fame. John de Margheriti, ACT, was awarded the 2014 Benson Entrepreneur Award. Full details are available on the Awards page.
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.
State/Territory Winners announced The seven state iAwards events were held during June and July in 2014 in each State capital. Results are listed below. All of these winners form the group from which the 2014 Benson Entrepreneur of the Year will be selected by a team of judges drawn from right across Australia. The Benson Award will be presented on 29 August 2014 at the 2014 National iAwards event details of which are shown above.
The schedule of all the State iAwards events was as follows:
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