Melbourne 2017

Unearthed Hackathons are a unique 54-hour long event focused on the resources sector. Software developers, designers, and industry insiders will come together to develop prototype solutions to resources sector problems. Unearthed participants will have a chance to work on proprietary industry data to build and own future innovations that are highly sought after by industry.

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Cash, Glory & Opportunities

Thousands of dollars of cash prizes, credits, future opportunities and other awards on offer!

Global Resource Industry Challenges

Real industry challenges and data sets that participants will have access to for over 54 hours. Bring your energy and A-Game to build technologies for the future!

Industry mentors on hand

Collaborate directly with subject matter experts from industry. Insights from the field will help you build a solution with real impact.

Event Details

  • 17-19 March 2017

    Unearthed kicks off on Friday evening with an opening presentation, an introduction to the data and challenges, and drinks! Teams are hard at work well into the night on Saturday and most of Sunday. Sunday evening brings judging and the much-anticipated awards ceremony.

  • Location: General Assembly

  • Fully Catered

    Food, drinks, fresh coffee, good times.


The top teams will compete to win cash, credits, and glory!

1st Prize


2nd Prize

AUD $1500

Young Innovator Award

AUD $1000

People’s Choice Award

Tech prizes

Who Should Participate?
Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Change Makers

Innovator tickets are for those who will be active participants in the innovation events. If you are a coder, programmer, designer, or data guru keen to get building, this is for you. If you are nontechnical we recommend finding a team ahead of time so as to pair skills.

Event Schedule
  • 5 pm Event Registration
  • 6 pm Welcome & Key Note Speakers
  • 7 pm Intros, Rules, Prizes & Launch
  • 7:30 pm Lets get coding!

  • 8 am Doors Open & Breakfast
  • 12 noon Status Updates & Lunch
  • 2 pm Call for Industry Support
  • 7 pm Last Status Update & Dinner

  • 8 am Doors Open & Breakfast
  • 2 pm Finalize Prototypes
  • 4 pm Submit Projects
  • 5 pm Presentations Start
  • 7 pm Judging & Prize Awards


More to be announced…
Alan Duffy

Dr. Alan Duffy

Astrophysicist & Research Fellow,
Swinburne University

Samantha Wong

Samantha Wong

Head of Operations, Blackbird Ventures


More to be announced…
Craig Jetson

Craig Jetson

Executive General Manager (Cadia & Lihir), Newcrest Mining

Georgia McDonald

Georgia McDonald

General Manager, Wade Institue of Entrepreneurship


More to be announced…
Jeannette McGill

Jeannette McGill

Head, Telstra Mining Services

Ben Richardson

Ben Richardson

Co-Founder, Future Assembly

Jason Lim

Jason Lim

Adventure Capital Venture Management

Bre-anne Sainsbury

Thomas Li

Postdoc Researcher, CSIRO – Data61

Bre-anne Sainsbury

Bre-anne Sainsbury

Associate Professor & Director, Resources Engineering, Monash University



Where to register?

Grab your tickets fast!

Unearthed Supporters


Victorian Government
Monash University


Can I participate as an individual? I don’t have a team, but still wish to come along, can I do so?

We recommend that you work as a team at Unearthed Melbourne. If you don’t have a team then we’ll help you to form one at a prelaunch event and on the opening evening.

I won’t be able to make it for the full weekend, can I still come?

If you are unable to make one of the days/nights, that’s OK. Just let us know or let your team members know beforehand.

What is the cost? And what does it involve?

Developer tickets are for the full weekend. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, multiple coffees and drinks all weekend!

When will the challenges be released? Can we start working earlier?

Challenges descriptions will be released the week before the event. All code, design and assets must be created during the Hackathon or be freely available to the public (open source).

Who owns what we make at the event?

You do.
All teams retain full ownership of what is created during the event. (*barring any prior agreements you might have with employers, universities, etc…)

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