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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 a location to be decided.

The Pearcey Sate 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

11 Nov 2022 - Hobart

Nominations Open


Event Date

State Award

Location

Contact Person

Entries Close

12 August WA Award Perth Colin Janssen July
21 September Vic Award Melbourne TBD Jordan Green July
18 October Qld Award Vic Park Golf Club, Herston Anagram Events September
October ACT Award
Brand Hoff September
31 October NSW Award NSW Innovation Hub, 11 York St, Sydney Anthony Woodward September
October SA Award
Susan Andrews September
11 November Tas Award Hobart James Riggall October


Pearcey Oration 2022

The Pearcey Foundation continuously drives thought leadership through engagement. Each year, as the most significant technology oration in the nation, the Pearcey Oration addresses a critical challenge we face in the evolution of technology.

Please mark the date for the Oration dinner and the presentation of the Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award!!

Pearcey Oration 2022

21 Sep 2022, 6:00-10:00 PM
Venue TBD                     

Registration

TBD

Latest News

Jun 3, 2022

Opening of Graeme Philipson Library

On June 3, 2022, the Graeme Philipson History of Computing Library was launched. The keynote was given by Dr Peter Thorne AM, Chair of the Heritage Committee project run by the Pearcey Foundation.

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May 21, 2022

Predictions for 2022 and Beyond

Predictions for the ICT industry for 2022, as well as more general observations about how ICT brings challenges and opportunities into so many aspects of our society, politics, business, economics and our future.

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Feb 23, 2022

2022 Riding the Digital Wave Summit

A national landmark event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the first computer conference held in Australia! The Riding the Digital Wave Summit takes us back to the birth of computer science as a discipline and profession in its own right, looking at some of the early developments and where they have led us today. How has digital technology influenced our every day life and where will it take us in the future?

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Dec 31, 2021

Summary of Public Policy Contributions

The Pearcey Foundation is actively involved in contributing to thought leadership in ICT issues e.g. economic studies, digital economy benefits.

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Dec 27, 2021

Historical Papers

This section contains a collection of papers and notes about Australian ICT history.

Dec 23, 2021

CSIRAC - Among the First Electronic Stored Program Computers

In historical terms, CSIR Mk1/CSIRAC was one of the first stored program, electronic, computers.

Prior to 1948 various electromechanical machines (non-electronic computers) were built in USA and Germany. Early electronic, but not stored program machines, were ENIAC (USA) and numerous Colossuses (Colossi?) at Bletchley Park (UK).

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Awards

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

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      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



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      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



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      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.


      Founder
      Australian Ocean Lab and Former Engineering Director, Google Australia



Initiatives

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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