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Software developer and startup mentor Peter Laurie wins 2018 QLD Pearcey Entrepreneur Award

The Pearcey Foundation today announced Peter Laurie as this year’s QLD Pearcey Entrepreneur Award winner. The director of boutique software development firm Junta Pty Ltd, Laurie was presented with the award by Wayne Fitzsimmons, Chairman of the Pearcey Foundation.
Peter is the director of Junta Pty Ltd, a 15-year-old boutique consulting company that specialises in applying software engineering and innovation to business opportunities. Junta has worked with Suncorp, Energex, Telstra, NAB and others. The primary role for Junta has been as a software development leader or architect.

In addition to running Junta, Laurie plays a key role in Queensland’s startup scene. He is entrepreneur in residence (EIR) at ilab UQ and River City Labs (RCL). Laurie is also mentor in residence at RCL and provides formal mentoring, coaching and training roles at several other accelerators and co-working spaces.
“Queensland has a very vibrant and innovative startup scene, and Peter Laurie has played a key role in developing this over the years. There’s a lot of exciting work going on up here at the moment, and not just in Brisbane but across the whole state. It’s important not to underestimate Queensland as a centre for technology incubation and entrepreneurship,” said Martin Lack, Pearcey Foundation Queensland Committee

For the last 12 years, Laurie has been giving a presentation entitled "Six Key Things of Software Development". This presentation covers: source code control, formal releases, automated builds, developer tests, continuous integration, and collaboration tools. He also conducts group mentoring for people who are new to the startup ecosystem, covering critical analysis, entrepreneurial risk, business metrics, and pricing theory.

Laurie is also Mission Lead for the Youth Mission of Startup Catalyst. For the past four years, Startup Catalyst has taken twenty young (18-29) tech-savvy, high-achieving Australians on a fully-sponsored two-week mission to Silicon Valley. The next youth mission is scheduled for March 2019.
“We take them over to San Francisco and Silicon Valley and blow their minds. The outcome of which is that we bring back twenty bright young things who now not only know, but believe that they are as good as the rest of the planet,” said Laurie.
Peter Laurie’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pjlaurie.

For more information about previous QLD Pearcey Entrepreneur Award winners, go to https://pearcey.org.au/qld. Details of all the 2018 nominees can be found at https://pearcey.org.au/2018-qld-pearcey-entrepreneur-nominations.

The QLD Pearcey Awards judging panel, which included representatives from the Pearcey Foundation, QLD State Government, AIIA, WiT and independent industry leaders, also decided to recognise additional nominees with a Hall of Fame award. In addition to choosing 2018 Hall of Famers, nominees from 2016 and 2017 were also honoured retrospectively.
  • 2016 Hall of Famers: Gavin Keeley, Sarah Jane Peterschlingmann and Wei Xiang.
  • 2017 Hall of Famers: Gavin Keeley, Sarah Jane Peterschlingmann, Wei Xiang, Peta Ellis and Yvette Adams.
  • 2018 Hall of Famers: Yvette Adams, Josh Cameron, Victor Vicario and Emily de la Pena.
Other QLD Industry Award Winners Recognised
The event was also an opportunity to recognise other QLD industry association award winners for 2018, a number of whom also attended the dinner.
Association Winner Category
ACS Canstar Skills Transformation of Work Teams - (Medium Teams 21 - 200), 2017
ACS David Rudduck, Insane Technologies Skills Transformation of Work Teams - (Small Teams under 20), 2017
ACS David Abramson, UQ Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer (Government), 2017
ACS Marie Boden, UQ Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer (NGO/NFP), 2017
ACS Marcus Foth, QUT ICT Researcher of the Year
iAwards Codebots Business Service Markets
iAwards Fred Pauling, CSIRO Industrial and Primary Industries
iAwards Luke Brannelly, V2i Group Research and Development Project of the Year
iAwards Kathryn Duncan, Villanova College Senior Students
AIPM Aviel Vaknin, Bright Consulting ePortfolio Project
ITFGC Dani Storey, Smarter Technology Solutions Personal recommendation by ITFGC
ITSMF Rachel Seaniger, Airservices Australia Service Management Champion of the Year
ITSMF Aileen Cater-Steel, USQ Lifetime Achievement Award
ICSC Chandi Perera, Typefi Systems Technology Award Winner, 2017 Sunshine Coast Business Awards
WiT Sandra Slater, DTMR ICT Outstanding Award
WiT Alex Moss, Canaria Technologies Sue Wickenden Entrepreneurial Award
WiT Yadan Luo, UQ ICT Young Achiever award
WiT Erin van der Veer, DTMR ICT Rising Star
WiT Amanda Miotto, Griffith University ICT Professional Award
WiT Kristy Simpkin, PWC Employer of Choice
WiT Katie Richards, Virtual Legal Employer of Choice - Small Business

Other 2018 State Pearcey Awards

ACT: the 2018 ACT Chief Minister's Pearcey Entrepreneur Award was presented to Ken Kroeger on 4 September.

NSW: to be presented in conjunction with ACS NSW at Sydney Startup Hub on 1 November.

SA: presented to Tony Clark from Rising Sun Pictures on 10 October.

TAS: the 2018 Tasmanian Pearcey Award 2018 was presented to Dr Gary McDarby on 4 October.

VIC: awarded jointly to the co-founders of Rome2rio Bernie Tschirren and Michael Cameron on 28 August.

WA: awarded to Dr Mark Andrich as part of the WAITTA Incite Awards on 15 June.

2018 National Awards

The 2018 National Awards event, incorporating the Pearcey Medal and Pearcey Hall of Fame awards together with the Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award, will be held on 1 November as part of ACS Reimagination 2018, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.


About the Pearcey Foundation
The Pearcey Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organisation established in 1998 to raise the profile of the Australian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry and profession. It was created in the memory of one of the greatest pioneers of the Australian ICT industry, Dr Trevor Pearcey. By celebrating the heroes in our industry, past, present and future, the Foundation is looking to attract and encourage young Australians into this most exciting of global high technology sectors of our nation.

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