Closing Soon!: Nominations for Pearcey Queensland Entrepreneur Award recognising ICT advocates


Nominations are now being considered for the 2018 Queensland Pearcey State Entrepreneur Award.  It recognises local ICT heroes in mid-career, typically 25 – 45yo.   Entering a nomination is easy.

The state winner will be announced at the ACS Queensland Pearcey Gala Dinner, Wednesday October 10 to a most prestigious audience. The winner then represents the Pearcey Foundation at the very high profile event Reimagination Thought Leaders Summit in Melbourne Thursday 1 November.

The state award

The Pearcey State Entrepreneur Award is aimed at encouraging and rewarding fresh and innovative talent in the ICT profession. It is awarded to an individual in mid-career, typically 25 – 45yo, who have “taken a risk, made a difference and is an inspiration” within the ICT industry in their state.

The Pearcey Foundation embraces all aspects of the ICT industry from traditional Information Science to the latest technological advances in social networking, multi-media, games and internet technologies – the very broadest spectrum of the Australian innovative sector.


  1. A contribution which is above and beyond what could be considered appropriate to the job functions performed;
  2. A contribution which has included some elements of professional development, research and industry;
  3. A contribution characterised by confidence and a willingness to make sacrifices to achieve the desired results; and,
  4. An individual able to be an ICT industry ambassador and hence provide a role model to young people.

Candidates do not need to have been born in Queensland, nor do they need to be residents now. They will be expected to have made a major contribution to the Queensland ICT industry as set out above.

How to nominate

You (or the nominee) should prepare a simple document basically a CV but with sections explicitly covering the four key criteria listed above plus a LinkedIn URL. It should include contact details (name, email address and phone number). It should be emailed to the national secretariat at

Nominations close Monday 27 August with no extensions.

Previous winners in Queensland

Typically, there are ten nominees each year. Last year’s winner was Jenine Beekhuyzen. Past winners have included David Barbagallo, Aaron Birkby, Adrian di Marco, Paul Gampe, Janine Garrett, Wayne Gerard, Neil Glentworth, Tammy Halter, Brett Hooker, Andrew Jessett, Raeleen Kaesehagen, Kon Kakanis, Bevan Slattery and Peter Ward.


Nominees will be asked if they want acknowledgment at the dinner or they can retain their privacy. A nomination is for this year only, but candidates are encouraged to nominate in succeeding years if they wish.


Judges include previous state winners, a representative of the state government, long-term supporters of our industry and nominees from ACS, AIIA and WIT.

Judging is strictly confidential. Independent references will be sought by the Pearcey Foundation to confirm the integrity of the winner.

About the Pearcey Foundation

The Pearcey Foundation aims to make Australians proudly aware of the achievements of Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industries and of the work of the many Australians, young and old, who have made those achievements possible.

 Appropriately, the Foundation is named after Dr Trevor Pearcey, who lead the project team that built CSIRAC 1947 to 1949. It is now the oldest surviving computer in the world and on display in the Melbourne Museum. A foundation has been established in his name, which makes awards to outstanding individuals in our industry.

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Since inception in 1998, the national Pearcey Medal has been awarded to five Queenslanders: Professor Bill Caelli, David Merson, John Grant, Mal Bryce and Steve Baxter as well as Professor John O’Callaghan, Lyndsey Cattermole, Mal Bryce AO, Professor Mike Miller AO, Mary O’Kane AC Roger Allen, Tony Benson and Trevor Robinson AM.

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