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. In 2012, the Pearcey Medal was awarded to Dr Mal Bryce AO.
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.
Awards and Events
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:
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.
2013 iAwards Gala Event
The 2013 iAwards gala dinner was held on Thursday 8th August at Crown Palladium in Melbourne through the collaboration of the Pearcey Foundation, The ACS and the AIIA. Over 750 ICT professionals celebrated the success of many individuals and organisations undertaking innovative use of technology and applying in industry, government and academia. Senator The Hon Kate Lundy, Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, presented the awards. For full details see www.iawards.com.au
2013 Pearcey Medal and Hall of Fame Awards
A highlight of the iAwards' evening's celebrations was the acknowledgment of three outstanding individuals who have made significant contribution to the Australian ICT sector. The winner of the 2013 Pearcey Medal was Dr Alex Zelinsky and Dr Rod Tucker and Mr Robert Elz were elevated to the prestigious Pearcey Hall of Fame'. Senator, the Hon. Kate Lundy, Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy acknowledged, when presenting these awards, the continued contribution of the ICT sector to the national economy as exemplified by these three outstanding individuals. Full details on their backgrounds are shown in the Awards section.
2013 Benson Entrepreneur Award
The individual State Pearcey Award winners who qualified for the 2013 national Benson Entrepreneur of the year Award are summarised below.
The winner of the 2013 Benson Entrepreneur Award was Mr Lenni Mayo from Victoria. In presenting the award, Dr Bronwyn Harch, CSIRO Chief of Computational Informatics commented that any one of the seven finalists were worthy of the Benson Entrepreneur Award as they were all fine exemplars of Australia's best and brightest 'running a risk, making a difference and inspiring others'.
Report on Australia 3.0 Forum
As part of the 2012 iAwards program, the three organisations responsible for the 2012 iAwards (Pearcey, AIIA and ACS) also organised a debate on national productivity and how it might be improved through innovative applications of ICT. The debate was focused on four vertical areas:
The debate took the form of an on-line discussion using a social media tool for enterprises known as Yammer (moderated by Hub Melbourne) that commenced on the 1st July and continued until the day of the event Thursday, the 9th of August. On the Thursday 110 ICT professionals attended a five hour discussion facilitated by Roger Perry (CEO, Bevington Group)all of whom had participated in the five week of on-line discussions. A full report on what actually was discussed and what were the outcomes can be read in the Australia 3.0 Forum Report.
"The Health of Australian Science"
Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist of Australia, delivered this paper at "Lunch at 401" (Collins Street) on Thursday 30th August 2012. Dr Chubb launched the "Science in my world" education program for Primary Scools which the Pearcey Foundation keenly supports. The event was organised by the Royal Society of Victoria.
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