2010 Pearcey Nsw Ict Entrepreneur Award

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2010 NSW ICT Entrepreneur of the Year 


Embargoed until 19.00pm 19th October 2010


19th October 2010 – Sydney. The 2010 NSW ICT Entrepreneur of the

Year award was presented to Lars and Jens Rasmussen, founders of

Google Maps and Google Wave by the Hon Eric

Roozendaal

MLC,

NSW Treasurer and Minister for State and Regional Development. The

event was held at NSW Parliament this evening in conjunction with

National ICT Australia’s NICTA @ NSW Parliament research showcase.


“Lars and Jens's development of Google Maps has positioned Australia

as a global leader in online services. It resulted in Google establishing a

significant research and development team in Sydney and the creation

of many high tech jobs.” said Pearcey NSW co-chair Charles Lindop.


“Google Maps

is now used by around 1/3 of all Google visitors and

represents over 3% of all total global Google traffic. This values Google

Maps as a multi-billion dollar enterprise.”


“It was a great entrepreneurial achievement; Lars and Jens

bootstrapped their company Where 2 Technologies, attacking

a major

business opportunity with highly innovative technology, sold to Google,

and then continued to build out the business. They then did it all again

with Google Wave. What better example of entrepreneurship and

innovation can you get?”


The Pearcey Foundation has once again proven Australia has

innovators equal to the world’s best,

and with the global reach of the

internet, our innovators can fully

capitalise on their capabilities

and

conquer the world.


“This is a peer-recognition scheme. Such is the talent pool in NSW, our

judges (mainly previous winners) had a very difficult time in choosing

Lars and Jens over the other nominees. A first amongst equals” said Dr

Silvia Pfeiffer, CEO of video technology firm Vquence and chair of the

judges.

“We wish all the nominees the very best of endeavours, thank

them for their contribution to date, and are delighted to induct them into

our hall of fame”.


Receiving special recognition awards for their entrepreneurial talents

and industry contribution were (alphabetic sequence):

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Candidate

Company


Christopher

Mapp

Omnilab

Landmark contribution to the local digital

entertainment industry over many years. Built

Omnilab into Australia’s largest privately

owned vertically integrated, digital

entertainment business with revenues

exceeding $100m and employing more than

500 people. 

Geoff McQueen 

Hiive Systems

Regional NSW technology industry pioneer

(Illawarra region), Geoff founded Internetrix in

2000 and recently spun out award winning

Google partner, Hiive Systems.  Tireless

supporter of local industry and start-up

groups. 

James

Spenceley

Vocus

A significant overachiever, founding ASX-

listed telecommunications firm Vocus in 2007

and also AusNOG , a collaborative community

of telecommunications network operators.

Joseph Renzi

OurWishingW

ell.com and

SwapAce.com

Founded, developed and commercialised 2

award-winning innovative businesses. Youth

minister to 25 volunteer leaders, providing

ministry to hundreds of children.

Liesl Capper 

MyCyberTwin.

com

Serial entrepreneur; founding ASX-listed

Mooter Media in 2000 and co-founder of

MyCybertwin in 2005. Motivational industry

speaker. 

Mick Liubinskas

& Phil Morle

Pollenizer

Founders of peer to peer technology

company Kazaa and more recently founders

of startup garage, Pollenizer where they have

assisted over 30 start-ups with technology

and business expertise.

Rob Manson

and Alex Young

MOB Labs

Superb mobile technology work plus HEAPS

of advocacy/evangelism. Specialists in

Augmented Reality. Have breathed all things

web since the 1990’s



The awards included a very lively debate “making a motsa from

research commercialisation”. “There is a great spirit of entrepreneurship

in Australia but still much that government, academic and industry

leaders can do to foster this and turn Australia into the clever country”

said the debate chair Mark Jones of Filtered Media and the Australian

Financial Review.


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Level 3, 45 William Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

T:    (03) 9614 8510

F:    (03) 9614 8201

E:    admin@pearcey.org.au

        www.pearcey.org.au



STATE CHAPTERS

NSW: nsw@pearcey.org.au

VIC:    vic@pearcey.org.au

QLD:  qld@pearcey.org.au

SA:     sa@pearcey.org.au

TAS:   tas@pearcey.org.au


The ICT Entrepreneur of the Year award includes a cash grant,

and

was supported by Industry and Investment

NSW and NICTA (National

ICT Australia). 


This evening’s winners, will be finalists in a new Pearcey National

Entrepreneurs Award sponsored by CSIRO. The winner of this new

award, to be presented for the first time in 2011, will be drawn from

each of the 2010 Pearcey State Award winners.



About the NSW Pearcey Award


The NSW ICT Entrepreneur award is awarded annually

to the most

outstanding

ICT and digital media individual, through

an open process

of peer recognition. Previous winners include Ian Gardiner, Viocorp

(2009), Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian (2008),

Jeff and Pia Waugh, Open Source Community (2007), and Matt Barrie,

Freelancer.com (2006). 2004 winner Hugh Durrant-Whyte has just been

named the new CEO of NICTA. 


About the Pearcey Foundation


Founded in memory of Trevor Pearcey, who built Australia’s first and

the world’s fourth programmable digital

computer, CSIRAC,

in Sydney

in 1949, the foundation is a group of concerned individuals fostering the

aims and achievements of the Australian ICT industry. Celebrating its

61st

anniversary this year,

CSIRAC is the oldest surviving computer in

the world. The Pearcey Foundation’s objective is to reinforce the

recognition, knowledge and appreciation of Australia’s ongoing

contribution to the development and growth of our

ICT professions,

research and industry.


For more information on the NSW Pearcey Awards please visit

www.pearcey.org.au or call Mr Charles Lindop on 0419 224 214.








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