Accelerating innovation in the resources sector.

Unearthed Demo Day 2016


In 2015, we ran 5 Hackathon events around Australia. Software developers, designers, and industry insiders came together to develop prototype solutions for resources sector problems. Participants worked on proprietary industry data as well as data from our government partners.

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Online Competitions

Online competitions are industry sponsored challenges open to developers from around the world. Industry data is hosted through our website and participants compete to create the optimal solution over a number of iterations. Competitors receive feedback throughout the process allowing them to refine their algorithms.

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Technology Accelerator

The Unearthed accelerator is a focussed 6-month long program that will help form new startup companies and connect them to industry mentors and customers. Participating companies will each receive a substantial seed investment to help them bring innovative new products to the resources sector.

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Hackathon Program

Unearthed events in 2015 have featured Hackathons in 5 capital cities across the country, a Demo Day in Perth and our first ever international online competition. In 2015, Unearthed has connected more than 500 innovators to challenges from over 20 government supporters and notable industry players such as Anglo American, Iluka Resources, Gold Fields, OZ Minerals, CSIRO and BHP Billiton. Entrepreneurs from around the globe have produced more than 100 promising prototype technologies to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of industry. Unearthed has created opportunities for Australian entrepreneurs to found startup companies, get jobs at resources companies and generate business for their research institutions. In 2016 Unearthed will host over 9 events across Australia, Internationally, and Online.

As the resources sector in WA increases overall production, innovation will be critical to improving efficiency and productivity to compete globally, and also to meet environmental and social responsibilities.

I congratulate Unearthed on its efforts to create opportunities for Australian entrepreneurs and look forward to seeing more innovative technologies developed in Western Australia.The Hon. Colin Barnett, MEc MLA, Premier of Western Australia

“We recognise that people with no mining or resources experience can bring valuable insights to solving challenges the industry faces. We’re excited to partner with Unearthed to tap into Western Australia’s innovation community in pursuit of more efficient, effective and safer ways to work.”
Graham Reynolds, BHP Billiton Head of Technology WA Iron Ore

Industry Participation

Our industry partners will have a chance to engage with some of Australia’s top technical talent, see multiple prototype solutions to their challenges, and anticipate disruption from new technologies. Industry participation is built into every aspect of the Unearthed program.
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