2015 Industry News

Magazine 100

24 September 2015 - Dr Elaine Saunders (2011 Vic Pearcey Award) wins one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015.  She is recognised in the Innovation category for her contribution to hearing aid development, research and education (media release).

The actual award event will be on October 16, Sydney Town Hall.

16 September 2015 - Pearcey welcomes new PM.

28 July 2015 - Ian Birks, former CEO of AIIA passed away. Ian was a passionate advocate for the ICT industry and involved in many influential organisations including Ideas International (CEO), the Australian Services Roundtable (CEO), the Australian Government's Small Business Ministerial Advisory Council; the CSIRO Digital Productivity Flagship and Services Advisory Committee; Australian Government's IT Industry Innovation Council (chair) and AIIA (former Board member).

Ian was closely associated with the Pearcey Foundation. He and Charles Lindop (co-chair Pearcey NSW) initiated our first Australia 3.0 event back in 2011 as a collaborative effort between AIIA, ACS and Pearcey and was involved until recently. Ian's foresight and industry leadership will be sorely missed.

8 July 2015 - Harry Messel, who inspired generations of Australian students to like science and an early pioneer of Australian computing, passed away. SMH wrote a nice tribute - Science Icon Harry Messel Was an Early Champion of Computers

29 June 2015 - Deloitte Access Economics' report for the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Australia's Digital Pulse, examines the ICT sector in Australia from a multi-faceted perspective, looking at digital skills, jobs and education as well as the impact of digital disruption.

1 May 2015 - PWC releases report on Australia's future workforce. Written up in The Age - Digital shift puts nearly half of Australia's jobs at high risk, report warns

21 April 2015 - StartupAUS releases Crossroads 2015 report which reveals that Australia continues to under  invest in catalyzing high impact entrepreneurship and supporting its startup ecosystem.

16 Apr 2015 - Excellent overview of the newly launched Digital Transformation Office (DTO) in the Business Spectator

15 April 2015 - Victorian Auditor General releases Digital dashboard: status review of ICT projects and initiatives.

March 2015 - Treasury releases a very impressive analysis of Australia's tax system - Re:think Tax Discussion Paper.


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