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The Pearcey Foundation

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.

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Pearcey 2024

Another year of exciting award programs, dynamic thought leadership discussions, a galvanizing Oration and a range of events and programs to celebrate our Australian ICT heritage and inspire our youth to a future in ICT.

Checkout the calendar on our events page or follow the links below for these flagship events.

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This is our 26th year of awards, focussed exclusively on outstanding individuals drawn from across our vast geography.

We present 11 awards each year and have done so for a long time - recognising over 170 Australian ICT luminaries and entrepreneurs, as highlighted on this website.

Heritage Projects - many activities including publication of an Australian IT history book, preservation of museums, and submission of an IEEE milestone for CSIRAC.

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... help us find the most deserving candidates for the
Pearcey Entrepreneur Award
in your state or territory.

Each year the Pearcey Foundation, through a peer-based selection process, recognises mid-career entrepreneurs who have taken a risk, are making a difference and are an inspiration to others.

We are looking for those men and women who have created something special with information, computing and communication technologies. Commercial success is important but, not sufficient to stand out from the crowd. Criteria explained.

Do you know an individual founder, or team of founders, whom you believe deserve this prestigious recognition??

Your friend, your boss, your partner, your sister, your brother??

This is for everybody, including founders who are migrants, refugees, gender-diverse, indigenous and anyone else who might normally feel they don't belong. The Pearcey Foundation is about recognising, celebrating, including and championing outstanding individuals doing remarkable things with technology while inspiring those around them.

Please nominate someone special with our easy to use online nomination form.

Self nomination is not permitted.

Pearcey 2023 Highlights

Pearcey National Awards

Hall of Fame - Aidan Tudehope, David Tudehope, Richard White Medal - Aidan Tudehope, David Tudehope, Jordan Green, Wayne Fitzsimmons National Entrepreneur - Didier Elzinga

Pearcey Oration

2023 Pearcey Oration @Melbourne Connect Michelle Simmons AO - 2023 Pearcey Orator Kelly Hutchison - Steps Down as Deputy Chair after 10 years

Pearcey Day@Scienceworks

Australia 4.0

NSW Innovation Ecosystem EOY Lunch

Mark Coure MP Richard White, Founder Wisetech & Pearcey Hall of Fame 2023 Pearcey NSW Innovation Ecosystem Lunch 2023

Ada Lovelace Day

The Pearcey Foundation has always championed an inclusive approach to life and to the ICT sector in particular. Our programmes promote inclusion by reaching across boundaries created by dscriminatory bias and by holding out the ICT heros and heroines we recognise with our awards as exemplars to our youth and to the broader community.

One of our favourite efforts is the celebration of Ada Lovelace Day. In 2023, we are pleased to have partnered with the
Monash University Faculty of Information Technology.

Latest News

May 28, 2024

2023 Pearcey Entrepreneur Award

The 2023 Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award was presented to Didier Elzinga founder and CEO of Culture Amp, by Rick Harvey, National Awards Director of the Pearcey Foundation at the prestigious 2023 Pearcey National Awards gala dinner, in Sydney.

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May 28, 2024

2023 VIC Pearcey Award

The 2023 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award presented to Didier Elzinga, founder and CEO of Culture Amp. Award was presented at a special dinner in Melbourne, by the Honourable Ben Carroll MP, Minister for Industry & Innovation, State Government of Victoria. A flagship event of the Victorian Digital Innovation Festival and of the Melbourne Connect Innovation Week

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May 28, 2024

2023 Pearcey Hall of Fame

The Pearcey Foundation announced that Richard White and Professor Jean Armstrong were elevated to the Pearcey Hall of Fame. The presentations were made at the 2023 Pearcey National Awards gala dinner on Monday 30 October 2023 in Sydney.

The Pearcey Hall of Fame is an individual award that recognises a distinguished lifetime of achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the Australian ICT industry.

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The Pearcey Foundation's annual awards recognise and celebrate outstanding individuals in Australian ICT. 

National Awards • State AwardsNominations

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The Heritage Project

The Pearcey Foundation intends to extend the Heritage Project well beyond Phase One (the book) – with the aim to become ‘the’ central repository – hosting a ‘virtual museum’ of Australia’s computing artefacts, documents and oral histories from key players. 

The Project 

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Kind Words


    Australians have all too often seen themselves as observers rather than participants in the digital revolution, but that does not do justice to our history. The Pearcey Foundation plays a very important role in highlighting the real contributions Australians have made in the past, and in so doing will help inspire the next generation of Australian digital innovators.

    Charlie Day
    Former CEO, Innovation and Science Australia


    The Pearcey Foundation’s project to document Australia’s achievements in the computer age is a critically important endeavour. A central repository, that documents the central role of our universities and CSIRO and the individual contributions of academics and entrepreneurs, will be an essential resource for future policy makers and for students, research workers and entrepreneurs.

    Alex Zelinsky AO
    Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Newcastle


    Australians are a nation of storytellers. Stories make us laugh and they make us cry, they remind us who we are and they inspire us, and let us celebrate our successes and failures. Australia has much to celebrate when it comes to the digital age, from pioneering work in computer science through to innovative cloud services. The Pearcey Foundation Heritage Project will be an inspiration to future generations of Australians.

    Australian Ocean Lab and Former Engineering Director, Google Australia


The Pearcey Foundation is actively involved in many initiatives to help promote and accelerate the Australian ICT industry. 

Thought Leadership • Australia 3.0Australia 4.0 •  ICT HeritagePearcey Institute

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In memory of

Dr Trevor Pearcey

The Pearcey Foundation Inc. was established in 1998 to raise the profile of the Australian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industry and profession. It was created in the memory of one of the greatest pioneers of the Australian ICT industry, Dr Trevor Pearcey.

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