The Pearcey Foundation is holding an ongoing series of on-line seminars we have called "Conversations". They are being held on the last Wednesday of each month.

This Month - September 2020

  • Wednesday 30 September 2020; 4:00pm - 5:00pm AEST.
  • The History and Future of WiFi: from Radiata to Morse Micro to Beyond!
  • Leading the Conversation will be: Phil Ryan; David Skellern; and Neil Weste
  • Free event! Please register.

Our previous Pearcey Conversations are available on the Pearcey Foundation YouTube Channel.

2020 Pearcey Oration

2020 Pearcey Oration was held on Wednesday 2 September 2020 and following the presentation of the 2020 Victorian State Entrepreneur Award. These two events were sponsored by the Victorian Government and form key elements of the Digital Innovation Festival (DIF) in its fifth year of celebration of Victoria's tech community. The 2020 Pearcey Oration explored the very pertinent topic of Resilience, specifically: How do we address our resilience and preparedness in this age of mistrust?

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The Oration was delivered by John Blackburn AO, Air Vice-Marshal (Retd) and Chair of The Institute for Integrated Economic Research (IIER). John is a consultant in the field of Defence and National Security. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, the Institute For Regional Security, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation and the Australian Institute of Energy. He has extensive experience across the fields of strategy, policy, planning, operational command, capability development and material acquisition. He recently featured as a panellist on the 29 July 2020 Pearcey Conversation on-line seminar entitled "The role of the ICT Community in the future resilience and self-reliance of Australia".

View on Pearcey YouTube channel.

Vic Gov Digital Innovation Festival 2020


Pearcey State Entrepreneur Awards

Some events will be live and in usual format but some will be virtual.

State Date Details
Victoria Wed 2 September The 2020 Vic Award was held as part of the 2020 DIF. The winner was Grant Petty, Founder and CEO of Black Magic
Queensland Tuesday 6 October To be held at the St Lucia Golf Club, Hillstone, as we did in 2019. Sponsors are IceMedia and TechOne for which we are extraordinarily grateful



Tuesday 22 Sep

Tuesday 13 Oct

The ACT Chief Minister's Pearcey Award was held on Tuesday 22 September.The winner was Shane Hill of Skoolbo, world famous eLearning platform for Children.

A virtual event in conjnction with the Pearcey Conversation on Ada Lovelace Day. See

WA October

The WA Award is part of the WA Lateral Incite Awards /

Details about Tasmania and South Australia State Awards coming soon. Judging is underway but awards will be virtual.

2020 Pearcey Medal

2020 Pearcey Medal, Hall of Fame and National Entrepreneur of the Year Awards will be presented on Thursday 19 November 2020; 6:00pm - 9:30pm. All being well it will be a dinner event at a venue to be announced soon and will include a prominent Guest Speaker.


2020 has certainly been a remarkable year with the onset of the pandemic. The members of the Pearcey Foundation felt it important that the tech sector show thought leadership by debating the pros and cons of the CovidSAFE app launched by our Federal Government in late April 2020. To this end, we have published two papers and held a public zoom seminar on the app and its ramifications for our community. Below are references to these activities in detail. No one could have foreseen the incredible disruption we are all experiencing in 2020 but, as one of our CovidSAFE speakers commented, this app is all about TRUST; TRUST in government in particular. He offered a definition: Trust is Integrity plus transparency over time.

History of the Australian ICT industry

Additionally we have launched our History of the Australian ICT industry initiative (last November 2019). We have assembled a great team of advisors, led by Dr Peter Thorne, all of whom are working with our author Graeme Philipson to curate a wonderful living document. The book is making great progress.


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

Please check out our press release for a consolidated list of activities:

Recent News

Grant Petty

02 Sep 2020

2020 Vic Award

The 2020 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award was presented to Grant Petty, founder and CEO of Blackmagic Design. The award, in its 22nd year, was presented by 2011 award recipient and Deputy Chair of Pearcey Victoria, Dr Elaine Saunders. »» Read more...

Dr Terry Cutler

04 Jul 2020

Vale Dr Terry Cutler

Terry Cutler (1948-2020) FATSE PhD Econ History (UNSW), BA History (Melb Uni), passed away on 3 July in Melbourne. Terry was a remarkable contributor to the ICT sector. During 2008 he chaired the Australian Government's Review of the National Innovation System which culminated in the Report, Venturous Australia. »» Read more...

Jenine Beekhuyzen

08 Jun 2020

Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen awarded OAM

Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, creator of the Tech Girls Are Superheroes campaign, was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queens Birthday Honours List for "service to information technology, and to women". »» Read more...

John Deane

20 May 2020

Passing of two Australian greats - John Deane and Arthur Sale

John Deane and Arthur Sale where outstanding contributors to Australia's ICT. John was both a researcher in areas including smart wireless networks and a historian. Arthur was at the forefront of ICT acedemia in Tasmania for over 25 years. »» Read more...

Pearcey CovidSafe Seminar

19 May 2020

COVIDSafe: Continuing the Conversation

The Pearcey Foundation held an online seminar on Tuesday 19 May to continue the conversation about the COVIDSafe App. »» Read more...

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07 May 2020

Questions and Issues around the COVIDSafe App

COVIDSafe App Response Paper On 28 April the Pearcey Foundation released a Discussion Paper on the Australian Government's COVIDSafe tracing app. The paper can be found on here on this site. »» 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...