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The Pearcey Foundation offers a smorgasbord of thought provoking and engaging online and offline community events throughout the year! An overview of what’s coming up in 2020 across the nation below. We do hope you will join us to connect, learn and share.

November 2020

2020 National Pearcey Awards and November Pearcey Conversation – Online
Wednesday 25 November 2020; 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Looking forward to 2021!
As well as the presentation of the winners of the prestigious 2020 Pearcey National Awards – including the Pearcey Medal, Hall of Fame and Entrepreneur or the year, you will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of notable industry leaders for the final Pearcey Conversation of 2020! After a very different year that was – we invite you to come with us on a journey into the future, as our guest speakers generously share their valuable insights and predictions for what’s in store for 2021!

Past Events

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June Pearcey Conversations – Online Seminar
Wednesday 24 June 2020; 4:00pm – 5:00pm
The history project – creating a virtual museum

Speakers include: Dr Bronwyn Evans, Engineers Australia; Prof Morri Pagnucco, UNSW; Graeme Philipson; moderated by Peter Thorne AM

July Pearcey Conversations – Online Seminar
Wednesday 29 July 2020; 4:00pm – 5:00pm
The Role of the ICT community in the future resilience and self-reliance of Australia – what are the key drivers and which winners should we pick?

Speakers: Rita Arrigo, Industry Digital Strategist at Microsoft, AI Ambassador, Design Thinker, Microsoft; John Blackburn AO, Chairman of the Institute for Integrated Economic Research – Australia; Sally-Ann Williams, CEO, Cicada Innovations; moderated by Jordan Green, Victorian State Chairman, National Executive Committee Member of the Pearcey Foundation, Jordan Green.

August Pearcey Conversations – Online Seminar
Wednesday 26 August 2020; 5:00pm – 6:00pm AEST
Tertiary Computer Science – preparing future leaders?

Speakers include: Professor Richard Buckland, Professor of Cyber Security, UNSW; Professor Elanor Huntington, Dean of Engineering and Computer Science, Australian National University; and Alan Noble, Founder, AusOcean.

The Pearcey August Conversation is one of the featured events in the Digital Innovation Festival, generously supported by the Victorian Government.

DIF2020 Pearcey Institute Roundtable

Wednesday 2 September 2020; 12:00pm – 1:30pm AEST
Australia as a Technology led Economy after the 2020 Pandemic: Enabling a Resilient Future

The 2020 Pandemic and resulting economic shutdown is one of the greatest challenges that our government and society have faced in many generations; we must address them together if we are to be successful.

The Pearcey Institute hosted a virtual roundtable discussion as part of the Victorian Digital Innovation Festival that asked some of the big questions to an esteemed panel of industry thought leaders, including: Bronwyn Le Grice, CEO ANDHealth; Jess Perrin, Head of Social Innovation and Digital Inclusion, Infoxchange; Dr Ian Oppermann, Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre; Adjunct Prof. Stephen Alexander, Hult International Business School; Stewart Marshall, Mr SaaS, Commercial Software Strategist; and Matthew Newman, Applied AI Ethics & Founder, TechInnocens.

2020 Pearcey Oration delivered by John Blackburn AO
Wednesday 2 September 2020; from 4:00pm AEST
Online Event

The Pearcey Oration is presented each year by an eminent thought-leader reflecting on critical contemporary issues impacting our nation, arising from the introduction and adoption of new and advanced technologies into our society.

In 2020, the Oration explored the very pertinent topic of Resilience, specifically: How do we address our resilience and preparedness in this age of mistrust?

More about the Pearcey Foundation annual Oration and past Orators here.

The Pearcey Oration is one of the featured events in the Digital Innovation Festival, generously supported by the Victorian Government.

VIC State Awards
Wednesday 2 September 2020 (held as part of the Oration)

The Oration was presented in conjunction with the Victorian State Entrepreneur Award – presented to an outstanding individual(s) who has “taken a risk and made a difference” in the Victorian ICT industry.

This is the 12th year for the Pearcey Oration and the 21st year for the Pearcey Victorian Entrepreneur Award.

More about the Pearcey Foundation State Awards and past winners here.

Scienceworks + Pearcey High School Hackathon
Friday 4 – Wednesday 9 September 2020
A series of webinars and online activities for students
As part of the Digital Innovation Festival, join us as we hack digital solutions in response to our changing world.

With support from industry professionals, Pearcey Foundation and Museums Victoria staff, high school students will have the opportunity to respond to the question: How might digital innovations support Victorians to adapt to change?

September Pearcey Conversations – Online Seminar

Wednesday 30 September 2020; 4:00pm – 5:00pm
The history and future of Wi-Fi: from Radiata to Morse Micro to Beyond!
Speakers: Phil Ryan, Director of Engineering, Broadcom; Dr David Skellern; Professor Neil Weste, VP Engineering, Morse Micro.
QLD State Awards

Tuesday 6 October 2020
Hillstone, St. Lucia

Join us at a prestigious dinner where we will announce the Queensland Pearcey Entrepreneur of the Year Award! The Award recognises outstanding ICT entrepreneurs who have ‘taken a risk’, ‘made a difference’.The winner will go on to represent Queensland at the national event held in Sydney in November 2020.

Many thanks to sponsors ICEMEDIA and TechnologyOne

Celebrating Women’s contribution to Australia’s digital age – to be held on Ada Lovelace Day!

Tuesday 13 October 2020; 2:00pm – 4:00pm AEDT

Pearcey Foundation with the support of the Tech Girls Movement Foundation.
Speakers include: Alison Harcourt; Kerrie Mengersen; Ann Moffatt; Jennifer Seberry and Helen Vorrath.
NSW State Awards

Tuesday 13 October 2020; from 5:00pm AEDT

Join us for the reveal of the 2020 NSW Pearcey Entrepreneur of the Year Award! We will also continue the celebrations of the afternoon, with an enlightening panel discussion with past NSW Winners; moderated by Rare Birds CEO, Jo Burston.

The NSW Pearcey Entrepreneur Award recognises a NSW person in “mid career”, who is already a successful Tech Entrepreneur, and who has the potential to succeed further. The criteria are centred around taking a risk, making a difference and being an inspiration.

More about the Pearcey Foundation State Awards and past winners here.

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