The 2021 Program

The Pearcey Foundation awards program for 2021 is now in its season peak. Our program includes the following  

  • 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.

Jeremy's paper has been published to the ATO website: Digital transformation - Australia as a world leader.

2021 Pearcey State and National Awards

The Foundation is about to announce the remaining 2021 State Entrepreneur of the Year Awards as per the table below. Please send any 2022 nominations to so we can include them for next year's awards. The Pearcey Medal, Hall of Fame and National Entrepreneur Awards are all scheduled for November but, unfortunately, will be virtual for 2021.

Recent events

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

28 Sep

Pearcey Chief Minister Entrepreneur ACT Award

Zoom Session

5 Oct

Pearcey Qld Entrepreneur Award

In - person

Coming events

14 Oct

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

Zoom Session

To be held in Oct

Pearcey South Australia Award

In person

12 Nov

Pearcey Tasmania Entrepreneur Award

In conjunction with ACS and TasICT

24 Nov

Pearcey National Awards - Medal, Hall of Fame and National Entrepreneur

Zoom Session

24 Feb 2022

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

In person at Syd Uni…hopefully!

  • Individual State events (including Zoom details) are detailed on the State Pages on this website.
  • All are welcome to join and if you have any difficulties please contact us.

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

Recent News

Michael Holmstrom

06 Oct 2021

2021 Qld Award

Brisbane, Australia - 6 October 2021 - The Pearcey Foundation today announced Michael Holmstrom, CEO and co-founder of STEM Punks as this year's recipient of the Queensland Pearcey ICT Entrepreneur Award. STEM Punks provides immersive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) programs for students and teachers from grades one to 12. The award was presented last night in Brisbane by Andrew ... »» Read more...

Prof Daniel Shaddock

28 Sep 2021

2021 ACT Award

Canberra 28 Sep 2021: The Pearcey Foundation today announced Daniel Shaddock, founder and CEO of Liquid Instruments as this year's recipient of the ACT Chief Minister's Pearcey Entrepreneur Award. The award was presented by Andrew Barr, ACT Chief Minister at the Annual ACT Pearcey Round Table (held virtually this year). »» Read more...

Clive Finkelstein

12 Sep 2021

Vale Clive Finkelstein

One of Australia's foremost computer scientists passed away peacefully in Perth on the 12th September 2021. Recognised for his work in defining Information Engineering, when he presented the concept at the 1980 IFIPS conference in Melbourne. Clive was elevated to the Pearcey Hall of Fame in 2008 at a memorable ceremony in Sydney. »» Read more...

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...


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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...