The Pearcey Foundation has many activities happening in 2016 including Australia 3.0, Pearcey Institute and our National and State Awards program

2016 Pearcey Oration

The Pearcey Oration is presented each year by an eminent Australian reflecting on critical contemporary issues impacting our nation that are driven by the introduction of advanced technologies into our society.

This year the Pearcey Foundation is delighted that Dr Amanda Caples, Lead Scientist to the Victorian Government has accepted our invitation to present this year's Pearcey Oration, on 6 September as part of the Digital Innovation Festival.

Dr Amanda Caples is Victoria's Lead Scientist as well as Deputy Secretary Sector Development Division within the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Although there is no charge for attending this late afternoon event, registartion is necessary by clicking on this site

Pearcey State Awards

Pearcey State Awards GeneralVictoria 2016 Pearcey Award will be presented on Tuesday 6 September along with the Pearcey Oration (5-7pm) as part of Victoria's Digital Innovation Festival.

NSW 2016 Pearcey Award will be held at a special event on Tuesday 18 October at NSW Parliament House, at 5.30pm.

Queensland 2016 Pearcey Award will be announced at the ACS Queensland 50th birthday celebration dinner on Monday 24 October at BCEC.

South Australia Pearcey Entrepreneur event being planned. Nominations to Dr Craig Mudge or Contact Us

Tasmania Pearcey Entrepereneur Award event being planned. Nominations to Mr Ray Leonard or Contact Us

Pearcey National Awards


Our National Awards will be presented at the 2016 ACS Reimagination Thought Leaders Summit on Thursday 1st December. This will be a great event similar to that in 2015.

Digital Innovation Festival Victoria Events

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Pearcey is proud to host a series of events as part of the Digital Innovation Festival Victoria

  • Pearcey Institute Club Melbourne Breakfast Chaired by Prof Leon Sterling, Friday 2nd September
  • Melbourne's Digital Changemakers panel, Monday 5th September at The University of Melbourne lead by Kelly Hutchinson on the PhD project supported by Pearcey
  • 2016 Pearcey Oration, Dr Amanda Caples, Lead Scientist, State Government of Victoria on Tuesday 6th September at International Chamber House, Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Australia 3.0 program

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  • 2016 ICT Procurement Policy Challenge is an A3.0 event being run by Pearcey, ACS in partnership with the NSW Government
  • 2016 Open Data Policy Challenge is an A3.0 event being run by Pearcey, ACS in partnership with the NSW Government. Both run over August - September
  • 2016 Australia 3.0 Finale will see the winning teams present their solutions on Wednesday 30th November in Sydney

Latest News

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2016 Industry News

3 August 2016 - A revolutionary 1992 CSIRO invention that led to Wi-Fi has been chosen by the National Museum of Australia to be part of the A History of the World in 100 Objects exhibition, opening in Canberra in September. (media release). »» Read more...

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28 Jun 2016

2016 ACT Chief Minister's Pearcey Award

At a gala dinner held in the Gandel Hall at Australia's National Gallery in Canberra, Dean Spaccavento was awarded the 2016 ACT Chief Minister's Pearcey Award. »» Read more...

Geoff Hill and Trevor Pearcey in 1952 with the CSIR Mk1

27 Jun 2016

How Australia played the world’s first music on a computer

We don't think twice about playing music via a computer - we have them in our pockets, and in our homes and offices, with music on tap. But playing music on a computer was once an almost unthinkable leap of the imagination and the most devilishly difficult programming challenge. »» Read more...

Peter Thorne 60th anniversary

14 Jun 2016

60 Years of Computing in Victoria

14 June is an important date in Australian computing history and in particular for the Pearcey Foundation. It's the date CSIRAC was switched on at The University of Melbourne and began the first university computing facility in Australia. »» Read more...

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21 Mar 2016

ICT pioneer Andy Grove passes away aged 79

One of the founders of semiconductor giant Intel, Andy Grove, passed away on the 21st March 2016 at the age of 79. »» Read more...

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15 Mar 2016

Pearcey Cluster at CSIRO welcomed

The CSIRO has teamed up with Dell to deliver a new HPC cluster called "Pearcey" to support research activities in a broad range of areas such as Bioinformatics, Fluid Dynamics and Materials Science. »» Read more...


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Pearcey Medals for Lifetime Achievement

The Pearcey Medal is a prestigious annual individual award that recognizes a distinguished lifetime achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the ICT industry in Australia. In 2016, we are delighted to announce that Data61 at CSIRO is sponsoring the Pearcey Medal and the Pearcey Hall of Fame. »» Read more...

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Benson Entrepreneur Awards

The Benson Entrepreneur Award (formerly known as the Pearcey National Award) is a special recognition annual award. Sponsored by CSIRO, this award gives prominence to one of the State Pearcey winners for inspiring leadership, scale, impact, innovation and acclaim on the world stage. »» Read more...

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Pearcey Hall of Fame

The Pearcey Hall of Fame recognises individuals who have made very significant lifetime contributions into one or more of Australia's ICT research, industry, or professional development. It is a yearly award which includes the Pearcey Medalist and up to two other individuals. »» Read more...


State Nominations

The Pearcey Foundation accepts nominations all year round for any of its awards. We encourage you to get in early and apply or nominate someone you know who has made a significant contribution to their industry. You may download a Nomination Form or Contact Us directly. »» Read more...


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Australia 3.0

Australia 3.0 leverages the collective wisdom of a grouping of some of Australia's leading Technology and Innovation thinkers and most experienced professionals to develop insight into the pivotal issues that will impact Australia's ability to succeed in the global digital economy. »» Read more...

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Pearcey Institute

An institute undertaking socio-economic research focused on creating a globally competitive Australian technology sector by: »» Read more...