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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 2023

National Awards

Event planned for Sydney on October 31.

State Awards                 

ACT Early Sep Includes a roundtable
NSW Oct 4 Sydney Startup Hub
Qld Oct 24 Victoria Park Golf
SA October Lot 14
Tas Nov 10 At Tas ICT Conference
Vic End of Aug With Pearcey Oration
WA 4 Aug Westin

This is our 25th 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 150 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.

Australia 4.0 - Thought leadership in the transition to green energy. Various roundtables, webcasts, and papers being worked on.

Pearcey Oration - being planned for late August as part of the Victorian Government's Digital Innovation Festival.

Summary of Pearcey 2022

The National Awards were held on 11 Nov 2022 in Hobart in conjunction with ACS Tasmania and TasICT, at the C3 Convention Centre, Hobart.

The 2022 Pearcey Medal was presented to John De Margheriti, widely seen as a founding 'father' of Australia's video games industry.

The 2022 Pearcey Hall of Fame inductees were John De MargheritiLen Rust and Beven Slattery.                 

The 2022 Pearcey Entrepreneur Award was presented to Dr Mark Englund, founder and CEO of FibreSense.

The Pearcey State Awards recognise outstanding entrepreneurs in ICT within each Australian State who have "taken a risk, made a difference and are an inspiration." The Pearcey Foundation is proud to have made the following awards:

State Award Recipient(s)
ACT 2022 ACT Award Ben Bromhead and Adam Zegelin, co-founders of Instaclustr                 
NSW 2022 NSW Award

Dr Mark Englund, founder and CEO at FiberSense

Qld 2022 Qld Award Rebecca McDonald, founder and CEO of Library for All
Sarah-Jane Peterschlingmann, founder and Managing Director of ATech
SA 2022 SA Award Flavia Tata Nardini, co-founder and CEO of Fleet Space Technologies
Tas 2022 Tas Award Andrew Davies, founder and CEO of Taz Drone Solutions
Vic 2022 Vic Award Jason Lohrey, founder and CEO of Arcitecta
WA 2022 WA Award Mahmood Hussein, founder and CEO of Global Drone Solutions

The 2022 Pearcey Oration "From Pearcey to Quantum" was given by the Honourable Ed Husic MP, Federal Minister for Industry and Science.

The Pearcey Oration, along with the presentation of the 2022 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award, was held at a sit-down dinner at Melbourne Connect on Wednesday, 21 September 2022.

Ed Husic gave a passionate Australian perspective of digital technologies past, present and future.


Latest News

Apr 20, 2023

Vale Brian Finn AO - 1937-2023

One of Australia’s outstanding ICT pioneers, Brian Finn passed this week.

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Nov 13, 2022

Our Latest IT Industry Greats: Pearcey Foundation Presents its 2022 National Awards

John de Margheriti awarded the 2022 Pearcey Medal; Len Rust and Bevan Slattery inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame; Dr Mark Englund receives National Entrepreneur Award

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Nov 11, 2022

2022 Pearcey Medal

The 2022 Pearcey Medal was presented to John De Margheriti, widely seen as a founding 'father' of Australia's video games industry. The presentation was made in Hobart by Hon Madeleine Ogilvie MP, Tasmanian Minister for Science and Technology at a gala dinner held in conjunction with the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and TasICT.

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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 3.0ICT 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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