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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.

Awards

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. In 2012, the national awards were presented on Thursday 9th August as part of the 2012 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. In 2012, the Pearcey Medal was awarded to Dr Mal Bryce AO.

Initiatives

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

2014 iAwards Nominations open

Nominations for the 20th national iAwards are now open to all segments of the ICT industry including individuals, users, local vendors, multinationals and educational establishments. See www.iawards.com.au

Deadline Monday April 28.

The iAwards honour the achievements of you, your organisation and your clients. They provide unparalleled marketing opportunities and business credibility in a competitive marketplace. 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).

They are 13 product and service categories plus eight for individuals including secondary, tertiary and post graduate students.

To submit a nomination: visit the website www.iawards.com.au; review the eligibility criteria webpage; then register and upload your nomination.

2014 iAwards Program

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. Full details on all of the State Pearcey events will be detailed here om this website as the dates firm up for each locale. Updates on the full iAwards program will be shown on the News section of this home page of the Pearcey website. Please look out fo the news as it happens! Happy New Year from the Pearcey National Committee.

2014 iAwards Program

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. Full details on all of the State Pearcey events will be detailed here om this website as the dates firm up for each locale. Updates on the full iAwards program will be shown on the News section of this home page of the Pearcey website. Please look out fo the news as it happens! Happy New Year from the Pearcey National Committee.

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.

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.

  • Victoria - Leni Mayo, Founder (amongst other companies) of 99designs.com
  • Tasmania - Lawrence Howson, CEO/Founder of XVT
  • Queensland - Neil Glentworth, CEO/Founder Glentworth Pty Ltd
  • South Australia - Dr Alex Grant Director, ITR, Uni of South Australia
  • New South Wales - Ms Jo Burston CEO/Founder Job Capital
  • ACT - Dr Vikram Sharma CEO/Founder of Quintessence Labs
  • WA - David Mierowsky Managing Director, Fundi Pty Ltd

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'.

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News

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.

Report on Australia 3.0 Forum in 2013

Outcomes agreed as part of the 2013 iAwards program held on Thursday 8th August 2013 ACS, AIIA and the Pearcey Foundation conducted a full day program on four key areas of interest all focussed on lifting national productivity through innovative application of technology: 1 Mining 2 Health 3 Government Services 4 Infrastructure Full details on the discussions leading up to the day's program and the conclusions and actions drawn on the day are shown on the Australia 3.0 website: www.A30.com.au

Update on 2014 iAwards Program of events

The Pearcey Foundation encourages all of us involved in the ICT industry to encourage active involvement in the iAwards events each year. In particular we are looking for engagement with the younger members of our diverse and fragmented ICT sector. This engagement can be through making a professional application into the many different award categories. This comprehensive program for 2014 is well underway and frequent bulletins will be published. Please click here for the Latest Bulletin.

Report on Australia 3.0 Forum in 2012

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:

  • Mining & Resources
  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Services

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 Schools which the Pearcey Foundation keenly supports. The event was organised by the Royal Society of Victoria.


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