After a year in hiatus, the coveted David O’Leary Award is once again up for grabs and IFIP IP3 is looking for nominations of potential recipients – both individuals and/or organizations.

The award acknowledges an individual or body that has promoted and demonstrated Professionalism (Professional Practice), has worked as an Ethics Evangelist and/or has made strides in fostering diversity among ICT practitioners.

The criteria includes:

  • Professionalism – demonstrated commitment to all aspects of ICT professional practice:
    1. Continuous Professional Development
    2. Service to organisation and broader community
    3. Trustworthiness
    4. Accountability
    5. Pride in the profession and setting a good example.
  • Ethics Evangelism – in addition to ethical behaviour, takes every opportunity to spread the Ethics message.
  • Fosters Diversity – works to promote gender, race and digital equity.

The David O’Leary award includes a cash prize of US$1500 and travel to IFIP’s General Assembly to receive the prize. The winner in 2019 was Mary Cleary – click here to find out more.

The award was not made in 2020 because the General Assembly took place as a virtual meeting due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. We have however decided to make the award in 2021 despite the General Assembly once again being virtual. The 2021 winner will receive the cash prize and be invited to travel to General Assembly 2022 (location not yet known) with expenses covered (subject to a limit).

The nomination form is available here. Anyone may submit a nomination for a person or an organization. Supporting documents can be emailed to

The closing date for the 2021 Award is 15 August 2021. All information is confidential and will only be shared with prior permission.

Image – David OLeary Award 2019