[Osia-members] Malcolm Hill honoured by ACS

Jack Burton jack at saosce.com.au
Thu Aug 9 20:57:01 AEST 2018


Evening, all.

At the SA launch of the 2018 ACS/Deloitte Digital Pulse report in
Adelaide today, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) awarded a
Fellowship to Mr Malcolm Hill.

OSIA's South Australian members will no doubt remember Malcolm fondly
as OpenSA's founding chairman. Under Malcolm's chairmanship, OpenSA
became the first FOSS industry body worldwide to launch a credible,
comprehensive strategic plan for industry development and the second
FOSS industry body in Australia (after OSV) to secure substantial
government funding.

OSIA members in general will no doubt also remember Malcolm as the
long-serving and highly respected chairman of OSIA member Loftus IT
(SA), until his retirement a few years ago.

The ACS award recognised Mr Hill's distinguished contribution to the
computing profession in Australia over a period of almost half a
century, across a wide variety of fields, including but not limited to
"industry development particularly of open source technologies" and his
"promotion and support of the nascent open source industry and the
production of position papers informing government and business of the
benefits of a vibrant technology sector[, ...] recognised widely".

His full citation is available in the ACS Hall of Fame (at the top of
page 17) here:
https://www.acs.org.au/content/dam/acs/acs-documents/hall-of-fame/HallofFame.pdf

To the best of my knowledge, Malcolm is the fourth Australia FOSS
industry advocate ever to be made a Fellow of the ACS and only the
third ever to have been awarded that honour at least in part for his
services to the Australian FOSS industry.

It therefore seemed particularly apt that Malcolm's award was presented
to him today by former OSIA director Anastasia Kuusk, in her current
role as chairman of the ACS SA Branch Fellows Committee.

The board of OSIA welcomes ACS' recognition of Mr Hill's distinguished
contribution with this award and we thank him for everything he has
done for the Australian FOSS industry (particularly in South Australia)
over the years.

Please join us in congratulating Malcolm Hill FACS.





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