The 2021 Program

The Pearcey Foundation has many activities planned for 2021 including:

  • Awards - State Entrepreneur Awards, National Medal and Hall of Fame Awards
  • Pearcey Oration as part of the Victorian Government's 2020 Digital Innovation Festival
  • Monthly online "Conversations"

2021 Pearcey Oration - Wed 1 Sep 2021

The Pearcey Oration is presented each year by an eminent thought-leader reflecting on critical contemporary issues and impacts of advanced technologies in our society.

In 2021, the Pearcey Oration was given by Jeremy Hirschhorn, ATO Second Commissioner - discussing the Challenges of Digital Transformation, with a particular focus on the importance for government services and the rapidly merging digital boundaries between government and private sector service providers.

A replay can be seen on the Pearcey Foundation YouTube Channel.

2021 Pearcey Entrepreneur Awards

The Foundation is seeking nominations NOW for each of the seven 2021 State Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Please send nominations to

This table summarises the 2021 planned activities. Individual State events are detailed on the State Pages on the website.

23 July

Pearcey WA Entrepreneur Award as part of WA Insight Awards


1 Sep

Digital Innovation Festival (DIF) 2021 Pearcey Oration
& Pearcey Vic Entrepreneur Award

Zoom session

30 Sep

'Riding the Digital Wave Summit' - celebrating 70 years since Australia's first Computer Conference

Delayed until 24 Feb 2022

14 Oct

Pearcey NSW Pearcey Entrepreneur Award to be presented by David Thodey, Chair CSIRO, Xero

Sydney Start -Up Hub

5 Oct

Pearcey Qld Entrepreneur Award

Victoria Park Golf Club


Pearcey South Australia Award



Pearcey Chief Minister Entrepreneur ACT Award


12 Nov

Pearcey Tasmania Entrepreneur Award and, hopefully, the 2021 Pearcey Medal, Hall of Fame and National Entrepreneur Awards - all subject to Covid situation

In conjunction with ACS and TasICT

More details on all events, as well as on the Book, are available on our Pearcey Heritage website

Recent News

Bronwyn Le Grice

01 Sep 2021

2021 Vic Award

The 2021 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award was presented to Bronwyn Le Grice, founder and CEO of ANDHealth. The award, in its 23rd year, was presented by the Honourable Mr Danny Pearson MLA, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Regulatory Reform, Government Services and Creative Industries. »» Read more...

Reg Coutts

30 Aug 2021

Vale Prof. Reg Coutts

Reg Coutts, 2018 Pearcey Hall of Fame, was an ebullient character, well known in telecommunications and ICT circles, always self-deprecating, always positive and constructive about his colleagues. Reg was an effective, well-liked and respected leader in Australian ICT, whose sense of humour was infectious. Reg will be missed by many Australians - he made a real contribution to our great ... »» Read more...

wayne gerard

16 Jun 2021

Wayne Gerard named 2021 Qld Chief Entrepreneur

Congratulations to Wayne Gerard on his appointment as Queensland's new Chief Entrepreneur. Wayne is passionate about innovation, start-ups, and Queensland as a place to live, work and play. So it's no surprise that his appointment recognises his outstanding leadership over many years… In fact, it is six years since he was voted by his peers as Queensland's 2015 Pearcey Entrepreneur ... »» Read more...

graeme philipson

26 Jan 2021

Vale Graeme Philipson

Many of us had the privilege of working with Graeme Philipson over many years. In particular, the Pearcey Foundation had engaged with Graeme to create the definitive History of the Australian ICT Industry. Graeme was taken from us all on Australia Day 2021 brought on by an unfortunate accident earlier in January 2021, at his home in suburban Sydney. This ... »» 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. »» Read more...

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Pearcey Entrepreneur Awards

The Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award is a special recognition annual award. 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 Medallist and up to two other individuals. »» Read more...


State Nominations

The Pearcey Foundation welcomes nominations all year round for any of its awards. We encourage the nominations of anyone who has made a significant contribution to the ICT industry. Simply contact us with the details. »» Read more...


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Pearcey Institute

The Pearcey Institute was launched during the '60th Anniversary of Computing in Victoria' celebration in 2016 and was registered in 2018 as a 'Company limited by Guarantee' and designated the Pearcey Institute Limited (PIL). »» Read more...

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Thought Leadership

The Pearcey Foundation is proud to organise and participate in forums, roundtables and public debates on issues of national ICT importance. »» Read more...