Martin Lack - Round 1, 2018 Champion

Highlighting the benefits of emerging technology

As an IT professional with 50 years’ experience, Martin Lack is keenly interested in the way emerging technology changes our lives - the evolution of jobs, people-to-computer interactions, dramatic changes to medical science, the impact of advanced intelligence systems and more.

Martin started working in the computer industry in 1968 after studying Maths at Imperial College, London. He has worked in a variety of roles including project management, commercialisation of IT and ICT conference organisation. For 15 years his business, ConferenceIT, was one of the leading computer conference organisers in Australia, putting Martin at the leading edge of technology change.

Since retiring in 2011, Martin has shared his experiences with digital technologies and his thoughts on a digital future. He was a keynote speaker at the recent 50th anniversary dinner of the Australian Computer Society where he presented on ‘Technology in 2041’. He greatly enjoys delivering interactive seminars to community organisations such as the Bellbowrie Probus Club, the Bellbowrie Men’s Shed, the Toowong Rotary Club, and the Samford Chamber of Commerce. Quite deliberately, he encourages audience inquiry and debate.

Martin has been an avid reader of New Scientist for over half a century. He collects articles from the ABC, BBC, Financial Review and The Australian showing how technology is already changing our lives.

Since 1999 he has coordinated the Pearcey Foundation ICT awards. Martin supported Regional Development Australia in the 2017 CLICK! Digital and Business Development event, has worked with the Australian Special Olympics on the Gold Coast to provide network access at venues, and collaborated with Creative Disability Solutions to source laptops for people with a disability to enhance communication options.

He has retained his interest in ICT as a volunteer for Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and the Australian Computer Society, managing the AIIA iAwards in 2014 and as an active member of the ACS’ Heritage Committee in 2017.

As a Community Digital Champion, Martin will:

  • continue to share his digital technology expertise with community organisations
  • inspire individuals to be more technologically aware and engaged by stimulating discussion about our digital future
  • advise on how technology advances may benefit society.


Martin is nominated by: Regional Development Australia Brisbane

Highlighting the benefits of emerging technology

As an IT professional with 50 years’ experience, Martin Lack is keenly interested in the way emerging technology changes our lives - the evolution of jobs, people-to-computer interactions, dramatic changes to medical science, the impact of advanced intelligence systems and more.

Martin started working in the computer industry in 1968 after studying Maths at Imperial College, London. He has worked in a variety of roles including project management, commercialisation of IT and ICT conference organisation. For 15 years his business, ConferenceIT, was one of the leading computer conference organisers in Australia, putting Martin at the leading edge of technology change.

Since retiring in 2011, Martin has shared his experiences with digital technologies and his thoughts on a digital future. He was a keynote speaker at the recent 50th anniversary dinner of the Australian Computer Society where he presented on ‘Technology in 2041’. He greatly enjoys delivering interactive seminars to community organisations such as the Bellbowrie Probus Club, the Bellbowrie Men’s Shed, the Toowong Rotary Club, and the Samford Chamber of Commerce. Quite deliberately, he encourages audience inquiry and debate.

Martin has been an avid reader of New Scientist for over half a century. He collects articles from the ABC, BBC, Financial Review and The Australian showing how technology is already changing our lives.

Since 1999 he has coordinated the Pearcey Foundation ICT awards. Martin supported Regional Development Australia in the 2017 CLICK! Digital and Business Development event, has worked with the Australian Special Olympics on the Gold Coast to provide network access at venues, and collaborated with Creative Disability Solutions to source laptops for people with a disability to enhance communication options.

He has retained his interest in ICT as a volunteer for Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and the Australian Computer Society, managing the AIIA iAwards in 2014 and as an active member of the ACS’ Heritage Committee in 2017.

As a Community Digital Champion, Martin will:

  • continue to share his digital technology expertise with community organisations
  • inspire individuals to be more technologically aware and engaged by stimulating discussion about our digital future
  • advise on how technology advances may benefit society.


Martin is nominated by: Regional Development Australia Brisbane