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Pearcey Oration 2018

Be Bold or Go Home!

The Pearcey Oration is the most significant technology oration in the country. Each year an internationally respected expert explores our future challenges and opportunities through the lens of digital and electronics technologies and the role they play in our lives and in our economies.

In 2018 it was a provocative talk challenging Australia to be less timid when it comes to Australian policy and being competitive in a rapidly accelerating digital world.

Paul, with his extensive overseas experience, puts Australia in a global context and gives his insights and advice to government and industry on policy and how to drive innovation. Introduced by Wayne Fitzsimmons OAM, Chairman of Pearcey Foundation.

2018 Pearcey Orator: Mr Paul Shetler

A technologist and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience working on large projects in the technology industry and in guiding major government digital initiatives. Paul came to Australia from the UK in 2015, at the behest of the then current Prime Minister to establish the Digital Transformation Agency and subsequently he served as the Chief Digital Officer of the Australian Government.


Sadly Paul Shetler died ins Sydney on January 23. He was 59 years old. Innovation Aus tribute.

For more details about the 2018 Oration on the Pearcey Foundation website.

Part of the Pearcey Foundation's involvement in the Vic Gov Digital Innovation Festival.