PR2009: Paul Gampe wins 2009 Queensland Pearcey Award

25th November 2009 Brisbane, Queensland

Paul Gampe was presented the 2009 Queensland Pearcey Award as young entrepreneur of the year, at a gala dinner ceremony in Brisbane. Paul has demonstrated outstanding leadership in ICT since graduating in 1991 from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology.

Mr Paul Russell, Director of Enabling Technologies in Queensland’s Department of Employment, Industry Development and Innovation commented when presenting the award that “Paul‘s extensive Asian experience and deep understanding of what it takes to market sophisticated software products internationally, combined with outstanding leadership in the organisations he has worked in since graduating, made him an ideal recipient of this most prestigious award judged by his peer group here in Queensland”.

Paul has demonstrated his commitment to the ICT industry not only in his current role as VP Engineering Services and Operations at Red Hat but also in his sustained involvement in the international standards communities in involving Linux and OpenSource Software. As well Paul has led a Special Interest Group of the Internet Engineering Task Force whilst working at the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre in Tokyo.

Highly Commended Awards were also presented to:

  • Janine Garrett: CEO and Founder of Charm Health which provides a suite of software to support the entire spectrum of healthcare workers
  • Andrew Jessett: CEO and Founder of Mineware, supplier of the world’s most advanced dragline monitor system.
  • Andrew Eddie: has also been involved in the Open Source Software movement most notably with the award winning Content Management System "Joomla!", a project he co-founded.

The event was generously supported by the Queensland Government’s Department of Employment, Economic Development & Innovation and the Department of Public Works.

About the Pearcey Foundation

Founded in memory of Dr. Trevor Pearcey, who built Australia’s first and the world’s fourth electronic computer, CSIRAC, in Sydney in 1949, the foundation is a group of concerned individuals fostering the aims and achievements of the Australian ICT industry. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year CSIRAC is the oldest surviving computer in the world. The Pearcey Foundation’s objective is to reinforce the recognition, knowledge and appreciation of Australia’s ongoing contribution to the development and growth of our ICT professions, research and industry.

For more information call Wayne Fitzsimons on 0418 382 625