Our Mission

Unearthing global technology to drive sustainable production of critical resources

It Starts with a Challenge

Our Story

Unearthed was born out of challenges the founders experienced as entrepreneurs introducing new products and technology to the resources sector. The founders saw a chance to help others overcome the challenges they faced, and to create greater opportunities in the process.

8 years on we are still driven by the opportunity to connect mining and energy opportunities to a global community developing great products and technologies.


Our Team

Unearthed Solutions Staff - Zane Prickett

Zane is a leading contributor to the growing resources innovation community. He is a Founding Director of StartupWA, and a Director of CORE Resources Innovation Hub. Zane also founded two startups focused on the use of large geoscience and operation datasets in Oil & Gas applications. Previously, Zane worked in a variety of roles around the world with Schlumberger.

Unearthed Solutions Staff - Justin Strharsky

Justin is recognized as a leader in technology innovation in the resources industry. His writing on innovation in the resources sector has been published by the Australian Financial Review and the Journal of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Justin previously worked in the Silicon Valley, for both a large network computing company and one of the first companies commercializing artificial intelligence.

Unearthed Solutions Staff - Holly Bridgewater

Holly has a background in geoscience, technology and applied data science, with 15 years experience in the resources sector. Holly has run over 150 innovation challenges as has a passion for building networks and connections on a global scale, to help people come together a solve key problems. She’s a regular mentor and speaker, still loves rocks and is always an explorer at heart.

Ed Lewis

Ed brings over 15 years of experience in geoscience, technology delivery, and applied data science to the table. He has led multi-million-dollar technology projects in the resources sector, specialising in subsurface characterisation, data, AI and machine learning implementation, and automation solutions. With a track record of successful technology management and product commercialisation, Ed is recognised for his ability to drive innovation and build lasting people relationships.


Jake Harris

Jake brings 11 years of frontline mining experience to the team, across both open pit and underground operations. He is passionate about delivering better outcomes for both individuals and businesses within the mining sector. Jake continually engages with, and amplify new technologies across the sector, that can hopefully deliver positive change.

Alexandra Dumas

Meet Alex, a French Canadian from Québec, Canada who's a true global citizen with a passion for communications. With diplomas in business and management from three international universities, Alex has honed her skills in branding, social media, and marketing. With a particular fondness for social interaction and creating connections, Alex brings the "fun" in functional and supports businesses in their endeavors.


Sam offers the Unearthed team 5 years of on-site experience, specialising in underground operations. With a background in Mining Engineering as a graduate from the WA School of Mines (WASM), Sam has a rich understanding of the mining landscape. He enjoys engaging with innovators and has a strong curiosity about new technology & innovative ideas that can positively impact the mining industry - particularly those necessary for a sustainable future.

Our Impact

Since Unearthed was founded in 2014, we have set about the mission to make the resources industry more efficient and sustainable by creating opportunities to solve challenges in the sector. 

The impact of our work has resulted in:

  • over 130 challenges solved or advanced through open innovation

  • the creation of hundreds of economic and commercial opportunities for existing companies

  • the attraction of thousands of external innovators to be involved in the mining sector

  • the creation of dozens of METS startups that were founded to solve mining challenges


"Anglo American is proud to collaborate with Unearthed and explore innovative approaches to Anglo American’s real mining challenges."

Dave Palmer

Head of Technical, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal

Community Impact

"Winning this challenge has been a significant breakthrough for us, and I wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude for your support and guidance. Your contribution has been instrumental in our success. We're thrilled to see a surge of interest and coverage as a result."

Rajen Biswa

Operation Manager, QL Space


Industry Impact

"Working with Unearthed is a great opportunity to connect with some of the best minds in the technology and data science space."

Karl Stokes

Head of Integrated Operations, Nickel West


"Unstoppable! The Unearthed Team is performing an indispensable role providing a crucial bridge between Industry and Innovators, to deliver more sustainable resource supply chain outcomes. Participating in Unearthed’s Pitch Battle & industry challenge competitions has been invaluable to Vinca, enabling us to tap a broader collaborative ecosystem to build interest & visibility in our ground-breaking molten salt polymetallic recovery technology. We remain hugely grateful to Justin, Holly, Alex and the rest of the Team for all they are doing. Keep going!!!"

Melinda Moore

CEO Vinca Technologies


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