Come to our Events
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.

August 2020

Pearcey Conversations – Online Seminar
Wednesday 26 August 2020; 5:00pm – 6:00pm AEST
Tertiary Computer Science – preparing future leaders?
Speakers include: Professor Katrina Falkner, Interim Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide; Professor Elanor Huntington, Dean of Engineering and Computer Science, Australian National University; and Alan Noble, Founder, AusOcean.

September 2020

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 will explore the very pertinent topic of Resilience, specifically: How do we address our resilience and preparedness in this age of mistrust?

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

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

VIC State Awards
Wednesday 2 September 2020 (held as part of the Oration)
The Oration will be 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.

Pearcey Conversations – Online Seminar
Wednesday 30 September 2020; 4:00pm – 5:00pm
The history and future of wifi: from Radiata to Morse Micro to ?

October 2020

Celebrating Women’s contribution to Australia’s computing industry – to be held on Ada Lovelace Day!
Tuesday 13 October 2020; 1.00pm – 5.00pm AEST

Pearcey Foundation with the support of the Tech Girls Movement Foundation

NSW State Awards

Tuesday 13 October 2020; 5:00pm – 6:00pm
SYDNEY – Sydney Startup Hub

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.

Pearcey Conversations – Online Seminar
Wednesday 28 October 2020; 4:00pm – 5:00pm

November 2020

Learning from the Past to Create the Future
Thursday 19 November 2020; 1:00pm – 5:00pm
SYDNEY – Venue TBC
We invite you to join past, present and future leaders from academia and industry in celebrating Australia’s rich computing history. This event is a chance to honour Pearcey’s legacy and learn from our history, in order to catch a glimpse of what the future holds for Australian innovation, as we celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration and leadership.
2020 National Pearcey Awards Dinner
Thursday 19 November 2020; 6:00pm – 9:30pm
SYDNEY – Venue TBC

Following the afternoon conference the Pearcey Foundation will hold its annual National Awards Dinner at Venue TBC. 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 hear from a guest keynote speaker and enjoy a delicious 2 course dinner, with networking opportunities galore!

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

Pearcey Conversations – Online Seminar
Wednesday 25 November 2020; 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Topic TBC

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.

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