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First Computer // Digital Future - Student event in Partnership with Scienceworks

Friday 15 November 2019
9:00am - 2:00pm

2 Booker St, Spotswood

For years 7-10
Free to attend, however bookings essential (maximum 120 students)

Students will have the opportunity to explore how information technology has changed over time in the Think Ahead exhibition at Scienceworks, home of the restored CSIRAC. Hear from guest speakers on the importance of Victorian research into computing, data science and where computer science is headed in the future. Students will also participate in a workshop presentation about electronic music in honour of CSIRAC's legacy in computer music.
Reflecting on the Dr Trevor Pearcey Centenary Celebrations so far!
A big thank you to all those involved in the first of the year-long Celebrations on 5 March 2019 at the University of Sydney – as we dove into topics from qubits to hunting galaxies! The afternoon program featured Australia's leading minds exploring three of Dr Pearcey's prime areas of interest: computing, astronomy and radio physics, and nanoscience.

Thanks go to the Organising Committee, the hosts at Sydney Nanoscience Hub and of course the generous sponsors, TechnologyOne, CSIRO, the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer, and the individual Friends of Pearcey - who helped bring this very important evening together.

You may also be interested to check out the ABC RN Science Show broadcast from 22 June 2019 - where Robin Williams' team has a segment on CSIRAC and Computer Generated music!

CSIRAC is credited internationally as the first computer to generate 'electronic' music - and features Paul Doornbusch (speaker at the November 14 event in Melbourne) as well as Barbara Ainsworth (speaker at the March 5 event in Sydney).


On Tuesday 5 March, we invite you to join past, present and future leaders from academia and industry in celebrating Dr Pearcey's legacy. We will acknowledge Pearcey's seminal contributions to the modern computing era and to science more broadly, and will also explore his influence on the next generation of Australian innovators.

Pearcey collaborated on the creation of CSIRAC: Australia's first computer and the world's fourth. His work paved the way for the birth of computer science in Australia. The Centenary Celebration is a chance to honour Pearcey's legacy and catch a glimpse of what the future holds for Australian innovation, as we toast to the spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration and leadership.

Diving into topics from qubits to hunting galaxies; the Centenary Celebration program will feature Australia's leading minds exploring three of Dr Pearcey's prime areas of interest: computing, astronomy and radio physics, and nanoscience.

See the full program

Tuesday 5 March 2019
3:00pm - 7:00pm

The Sydney Nanoscience Hub
The University of Sydney Nano Institute

Getting there

No cost to attend.

2019 Pearcey Oration Dinner

On Tuesday 29 August 2019, Roger Taylor, Chair of the UK Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation delivered the 2019 Oration at a delightful dinner at the Woodward Centre in Melbourne.

The 2019 Pearcey Oration explored the key challenges Australia faces as we become increasingly reliant upon a data driven world. As Roger Taylor observed, the ethics surrounding the application of data in our society is challenging as corporations and governments use data for both good and not-so-good e.g. for power, control, surveillance and manipulation.

Roger was later joined by Dr Greg Adamson, Enterprise Fellow in Cybersecurity for the Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne, for a fascinating ‘fire-side’ conversation.

The Oration was presented in conjunction with the Victorian State Entrepreneur Award, which was awarded to Craig McDonald, founder and CEO of MailGuard and of BlackEvents.

The Pearcey Oration was one of the featured events in the Digital Innovation Festival and was generously supported by the Victorian Government. This is the 11th year for the Pearcey Oration and the 20th year for the Pearcey Victorian Entrepreneur Award.

Video footage of Roger's Oration, courtesy of Karl von Moller, is available on the Pearcey YouTube channel here (along with his fabulous video on Australian innovation played on the night!). And some great media coverage here.

You can also listen to Roger Taylor's interview from ABC Radio Melbourne's The Conversation Hour at this link. Roger joins just after the 31 minute mark.


The Centenary Celebration is proudly sponsored by:

Gold Sponsor
Gold sponsor: TechnologyOne
Silver Sponsor
Silver sponsor: CSIRO
Silver Sponsor
Silver sponsor: Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Hosted by
Hosted by: The University of Sydney Nano Institute
Speakers include
Prof Hugh Durrant-Whyte
NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Dr Sarah Pearce
Deputy Director, Astronomy & Space Science, CSIRO
Dr David Reilly
Dr David Reilly
Director, Microsoft Quantum
Australia Anticipated the Internet

Dr Trevor Pearcey
In February 1948, Dr Pearcey wrote:
"It is not inconceivable that an automatic encyclopaedic service operated through the national teleprinter or telephone system will one day exist."

Dr Trevor Pearcey (5 March 1919 - 27 January 1998) was an outstanding Australian ICT Pioneer. Most notably, he led the project team that built one of the world's earliest digital computers, the CSIR Mark 1, later known as CSIRAC.

Find out more about Dr Pearcey
The Centenary Celebration is supported by:
We value your support
The Pearcey Foundation relies on the goodwill of the community to support advancements in Australian computer science and honour our ICT history, so your attendance will help power the future endeavours of this great organisation.
If you'd like to be involved in the celebrations, you can view our sponsorship package here. Plus, we'd love to hear from you at hello@pearceycentenary.org.au or +61 3 9663 3093.