Pearcey Award

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The Pearcey Awards are a set of prizes presented annually since 1998 by the Pearcey Foundation for achievement in the Australian ICT industry.

The Pearcey Foundation is an Australian organisation dedicated to raising the profile of the Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications industry. The foundation was formed in 1998 and is named after Trevor Pearcey, an Australian engineer who led the team that created CSIRAC, Australia's first and one of the world's earliest digital computers.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Pearcey Award Categories

Each year, the Pearcey Foundation presents 3 categories of award:

Pearcey Medal
The Pearcey Medal is awarded annually to the individual who has made the greatest lifetime achievement and contribution to the ICT profession and industry in Australia.
Pearcey Hall of Fame
In addition to the Pearcey Medal winner, up to two individuals are inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame, based on their lifetime contribution to the Australian ICT industry.
State Pearcey Awards
Each state presents a Pearcey award to an upcoming individual who contributes an innovative or pioneering achievement to research and development within the ICT industry.

Pearcey Medal Winners

Mary Josephine O'Kane, AC an Australian scientist and engineer, is the Chair of the Independent Planning Commission of New South Wales. She is also a company director and Executive Chairman of O’Kane Associates, a Sydney-based consulting practice specialising in government reviews and research and innovation advice to governments in Europe, Asia and Australasia.

Alex Zelinsky Australian scientist

Alexander "Alex" Zelinsky, is an Australian computer scientist, systems engineer and roboticist. He is Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle joining the university in November 2018. He was the Chief Defence Scientist of Australia from March 2012 until November 2018. His career spans innovation, science and technology, research and development, commercial start-ups and education. As Chief Defence Scientist he led Defence Science and Technology for Australia's Department of Defence.

Malcolm John Bryce was an Australian politician, who served as a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1971 to 1988, representing the seat of Ascot. He was deputy leader of the Labor Party from 1977 to 1980 and from 1981 to 1988, and served as deputy premier under Brian Burke.

Pearcey Hall of Fame Inductees

Clive Finkelstein is an Australian computer scientist, known as the "Father" of information technology engineering.

Neil H. E. Weste, is an Australian inventor and engineer, noted for having designed a 2-chip wireless LAN implementation and for authoring the textbook Principles of CMOS VLSI Design. He has worked in many aspects of integrated-circuit design and was a co-founder of Radiata Communications.

Ashley William Goldsworthy is an Australian computer scientist and business executive. He was federal president of the Liberal Party of Australia from 1990 to 1993. He currently holds the title of deputy chair title on the Brisbane Catholic Education Council. He is a director of the anti-same-sex marriage lobby group Marriage Alliance.

State Pearcey Awards

New South Wales

Michael Cannon-Brookes is an Australian billionaire, the co-founder and co-CEO of the software company Atlassian. Cannon-Brookes often carries the epithet of accidental billionaire after he and his business partner Scott Farquhar founded Atlassian with the simple aim of replicating the then-typical graduate starting salary of A$48,000 at the big corporations without having to work for someone else.

Scott Farquhar is an Australian billionaire, the co-founder and co-CEO of the software company Atlassian. Farquhar often carries the epithet of accidental billionaire after he and his business partner Mike Cannon-Brookes founded Atlassian with the aim to replicate the A$48,000 graduate starting salary typical at corporations without having to work for someone else.

Jeff Waugh Australian computer programmer

Jeff Waugh is an Australian free software and open source software engineer. He is known for his past prominence in the GNOME and Ubuntu projects and communities.


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