Special Events

Special ICT occasions that include celebrations, retrospectives, and important industry discussions.


The Pearcey Foundation is proud to organise and participate in special events to help elevate and promote the Australian ICT industry.

We work closely with leading industry associations, businesses, government agencies and academic institutions to stimulate opportunities and discuss issues that are important to ICT in Australia.

Events include significant ICT milestones, anniversaries and contemporary discussions. These events are important to help raise the ICT profile of the past, so that we can understand the present and be able to prepare for the future. 


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Special Events

Oct 9, 2023

National Awards Gala

25 years ago, the Foundation launched on its mission to celebrate, support and encourage Australians who engage in, and excel at, the invention, development and use of information, communication and computing technologies (ICT) for the betterment of our society.

Building on the work of Dr Trevor Pearcey and his invention of the first digital computer in Australia, which put us at the global forefront of the digital age, we have recognised outstanding Australians:

161 Pearcey Entrepreneur Awards
62 Pearcey Hall of Famers
24 Pearcey Medals

Peer-selection is the hallmark of the Pearcey awards. Selected by past award recipients, this is the community recognising the significant achievements of its peers.

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Oct 9, 2023

Australia 4.0 Summit

A half-day gathering to review the findings from our seven national discussions. The Australia 4.0 discussion series and summit are designed to open the door to substantial innovation and business opportunities throughout the Australian ICT sector.

These activities explore the profound changes required of the Australian electricity system to realise a Net Zero Australia. This outcome demands significant collaboration between the energy and ICT sectors.

The Australia 4.0 Summit is intended to include diverse perspectives, across key stakeholders, exploring the opportunities for the Australian ICT sector to contribute to the transition to Net Zero of the Australian electricity system.

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Oct 4, 2023

Ada Lovelace Day 2023

Ada Lovelace Day honours all the innovative women in STEM, commemorating their ingenuity that has changed the course of history.

Proudly sponsored by the Pearcey Foundation.

The Monash University Faculty of IT is exploring the role of Australian women in early digital computing – and the opportunities in the future. Join us for insightful speeches, a thought-provoking panel discussion and networking over a light lunch in our celebration ‘Australian women in IT yesterday, today and tomorrow’ which will be opened by Professor Ann Nicholson, the first female Dean of our faculty. It will then venture into the life of Ada Lovelace and how women can carry on her legacy of impact today and tomorrow.

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Jun 27, 2023

Australia 4.0 Session # 6 - Critical Digital Technologies

Join us for the 6th and final session in this series of national discussions with leading experts to explore the challenges and opportunities for the ICT sector in the transformation of our electricity system to Australia Net Zero.

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Jun 27, 2023

Australia 4.0 Session # 5 - Consumer Grid

Join us for the 5th in this series of national discussions with leading experts to explore the challenges and opportunities for the ICT sector in the transformation of our electricity system to Australia Net Zero.

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Jun 27, 2023

Australia 4.0 Session # 4 - Energy Resilience

Join us for the 4th in this series of national discussions with leading experts to explore the challenges and opportunities for the ICT sector in the transformation of our electricity system to Australia Net Zero.

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Jun 27, 2023

Australia 4.0 Session # 3 - Network Intelligence

Join us for the 3rd in this series of national discussions with leading experts to explore the challenges and opportunities for the ICT sector in the transformation of our electricity system to Australia Net Zero.

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Jun 26, 2023

Australia 4.0 Session # 2 - Future Grid

Join us for the 2nd in this series of national discussions with leading experts to explore the challenges and opportunities for the ICT sector in the transformation of our electricity system to Australia Net Zero.

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Jun 20, 2023

Australia 4.0 Session #1

Join us for the first in this series of national discussions with leading experts to explore the challenges and opportunities for the ICT sector in the transformation of our electricity system to Australia Net Zero

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Jun 16, 2023

Australia 4.0 - path to Net Zero

Australia 4.0 is a Pearcey Foundation thought leadership initiative to identify and discuss the challenges and opportunities of a digital and data enabled transformation of the electricity sector to Australia Net Zero.

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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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Aug 25, 2021

2021 The Future of Work Roundtable

The DIF2021 Roundtable covered an in-depth dialogue around the Future of Work, starting with the recently published report from Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for the New Workforce "National Survey Report: Peak Human Workplace, Innovation in the unprecedented era".

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