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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 Awards 2022

The Foundation will hold a full in-person program of awards in 2022.

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

The Pearcey State Awards are being planned as set out in the table below.

We encourage nominations for all awards from right across the nation.

This is our 24th 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 - we have recorded the successes of more than 150 Australian entrepreneurs and all are highlighted on this website. Please support your ICT entrepreneurial community by nominating someone whom you think worthy of recognition - peer group recognition is a most powerful tool in bringing our community together, locally and nationally.

Pearcey National Awards 2022

Friday 11 Nov 2022 - Hobart

Nominations Open

Pearcey Oration 2022

The 2022 Pearcey Oration was given by the Honourable Ed Husic MP (Federal Minister for Industry and Science). The Pearcey Oration, along with the presentation of the Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award was held at a sit-down dinner at Melbourne Connect.  (Summary to be publised soon!)

Pearcey Oration 2022

21 Sep 2022, 6:00-10:00 PM
Melbourne Connect

Coming Events

Date State Description Location
Monday 17 October ACT Roundtable
ACT Chief Minister's Award
Tuesday 18 October Qld Qld Entrepreneur Award Vic Park Golf Club, Herston
October SA SA Entrepreneur Award Adelaide
Monday 31 October NSW NSW Entrepreneur Award NSW Innovation Hub, 11 York St, Sydney
Friday 11 November Tas Pearcey National Awards
Tas Entrepreneur Award
C3 Convention Centre, Hobart

Latest News

Sep 21, 2022

Technology Achievement Inspired by the Arts: Arcitecta’s Jason Lohrey receives the 2022 Pearcey Victorian Entrepreneur Award

The Pearcey Foundation today announced Jason Lohrey, founder and CEO of Arcitecta, as the recipient of the 2022 Pearcey Victorian Entrepreneur Award. The award was presented at an event in Melbourne that also featured the 2022 Pearcey Oration, which was given by The Honourable Ed Husic MP, Federal Minister for Industry and Science.

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Sep 21, 2022

2022 Vic Pearcey Award

The 2022 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award was presented to Jason Lohrey, founder and CEO/CTO of Arcitecta. The award was presented at a special dinner in Melbourne by Kathy Coultas, Director of Technology & Innovation, Department of Economic Development, State Government of Victoria.

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Sep 20, 2022

NSW Pearcey Entrepreneur Event Oct 31

Please join us for the presentation of 2022 NSW Technology Entrepreneur of the Year to be held at 5pm on 31 Oct 2022 at at the Sydney Startup Hub, 11 York St, Sydney.

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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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