This weekend is the fourth iteration of Unearthed at Perth. Unearthed is a resources-industry hackathon, backed by an accelerator. It was founded in Perth back in 2014 by Justin Strharsky and Zane Prickett, and we’re proud to see it going global now.
The event will be this weekend (19 – 21 May), at the CORE Innovation Hub, and will mark the fourth time Unearthed has hosted a resources technology hackathon in Perth since the inaugural event in 2014. Western Australia’s top innovators, startups and entrepreneurs will come together to prototype solutions to challenges from Newcrest Mining and South32 that could have a huge impact on the resources sector.
Gavin Wood, CIO of Newcrest, spoke of the real impact a hackathon can have on Newcrest’s mining operations:
“This is our fifth collaboration with Unearthed, the continuation of a great partnership that draws in the wisdom of the crowd. Collaboration is an important part of our approach to innovation at Newcrest and is going to be key to super-charging the innovation effort within the mining industry, in order to enable us to succeed amidst ever more challenging operating conditions facing the industry. The work that is done in the room over the hackathon can have a real impact on what we do at our mining operations”
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The event will feature real-world challenges and operational data sets from Newcrest Mining and South32, and forms a part of Unearthed’s overall initiative to improve efficiency, competitiveness and encourage diversity in the global resources sector.
Tamryn Barker, CEO of CORE Innovation Hub, said:
“Australia is already a global resources leader, and through CORE as a dedicated collaboration and innovation hub for the sector and with partners such as Unearthed, we are working to realise the immense opportunities from digital technologies and ensure that we continue to drive commercialisation of this capability into the sector.”
South32 Chief Technology Officer, Ricus Grimbeek said Unearthed provided a great opportunity to tap into creative minds and explore new ideas that can help optimise their business. He said:
“We see technology as an enabler for the next wave of safety and productivity improvements across our business.”
Participating teams at the hackathon will have the opportunity to apply directly to the Unearthed Accelerator program which provides selected startups seed funding and access to experienced industry mentors, amongst other training and facilities, to grow and commercialise their prototypes into products within six months.
Winners of Unearthed Perth stand to win up to $15,000 in cash, plus tech prizes with the support of companies such as Amazon Web Services and SAP. Other prizes include the opportunity to present alongside senior level executives from mining companies, METS, government and research organisations at the biennial Austmine Conference 2017 in May.