Unearthed Sydney 54 hour hackathon to boost resources industry innovation

18 August 2017

2016 Unearthed Sydney winners

The NSW Government through the Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub is supporting the Unearthed Sydney 2017 resources industry hackathon to be held on 25-27 August.

The 54 hour hackathon at Stone and Chalk will bring together resource companies, startups, innovators and government to focus on new technology solutions for the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector.

Students and professionals from science, engineering, business, entrepreneurship, software development and mathematics disciplines will all put their skills to the test.

About 100 innovators are expected to take part producing about 20 prototype technology solutions while highlighting capabilities of METS companies to industry.

Unearthed Sydney 2017 will feature real-world challenges and operational data sets from Boart Longyear, Mine Vision Systems, the NSW Government and Rio Tinto.

Participants stand to win up to $15,000 in cash and tech credits from Amazon Web Services, and the first prize winners will present at the biennial Asia-Pacific International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) in August.

NSW Minister for Innovation Matt Kean said Sydney was the perfect place to host the Unearthed hackathon.

“Sydney is leading the way in both innovation and resources so it’s only fitting this year’s hackathon is taking place in our great global city,” he said.

“I’m confident the event will foster new ideas to boost mining productivity, sustainably expand the industry, grow our economy, lift exports and create skilled jobs.

"In fact, the NSW Government has set its own hackathon challenge to create an open source solution for the industry to share complex 3D geological models and images across NSW.

"Expanding the amount of quality geological data available nationally and internationally could provide a major boost for mineral exploration and geoscientific research, so I look forward to seeing what the participants come up with.”


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For further information visit Unearthed Sydney 2017