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The Riding the Digital Wave Summit:
Celebrating the birth of Computer Science in Australia

The University of Sydney and Online
Thursday 24 February 2022; 9:00am – 5:00pm AEDT

The Pearcey Foundation invites you to participate in a national landmark event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the first computer conference held in Australia! The Riding the Digital Wave Summit will take us back to the birth of computer science as a discipline and profession in its own right, looking at some of the early developments and where they have led us today. How has digital technology optimised our energy future? Forecast the weather? Delivered Government services?

Join us at the Summit as we explore past, present and future themes around human computer interaction; the impact of automation on jobs and industry and how Australia can continue to ride the digital wave to ensure our future resilience.


  • Early bird (until 31 Dec 2021): $198
  • Standard (from 1 Jan 2022): $297
  • Virtual: $55 (free for students!)

Speakers include:

Angie Abdilla

Angie Abdilla

Founder, Old Ways, New

Genevieve Bell

Prof. Genevieve Bell

Director, School of Cybernetics and 3A Institute

Ian Opperman

Dr. Ian Oppermann

Chief Data Scientist, NSW Government

Jon Whittle

Dr. Jon Whittle

Director, CSIRO’s Data61

Sponsors & Supporters

Thank you to the following sponsors and supporters

Host Sponsor

Jon Whittle
Gold Sponsors
ANU School of Computing

Silver Sponsor

CSIRO's Data61
Heritage Project Sponsors
Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia (CORE)
Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering
Engineers Australia
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