some Aussie entrepreneurs for #followfriday

Last night I attended the 2009 NSW Pearcey Awards & a few people I know were honoured for their work. These are all dynamic intelligent people who are passionate about technology but who also have put in a lot of effort into building community among the tech and startup folks in Sydney.

@rabieburns – Ian Gardiner, winner of the 2009 Pearcey Award, he’s done amazing stuff in business with Viocorp & still always finds time to help build up and connect Aussie startups

@eliasbiz – Elias Bizannes received a special recognition award & is well known for his activities in building up the tech/startup community in Australia especially via his baby Silicon Beach Australia and on the Data Portability project

@tjoosdude & @tjoosgirl – Bart Jellema & Kim Chen received a special recognition award; in their spare time they are founders of a successful startup called and have also been active in building up the Sydney tech community via Silicon Beach Australia.

@Wickedboy – Scott-Bradley Pearce also scored a special recognition award and in his spare time is Digital Video and Media Consultant at One In Ten Productions


Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.