Solutions from Across the Globe

Online competitions are industry sponsored challenges open to developers, engineers, innovators and problem solvers from around the world. Industry data and problems are hosted through our website and participants compete to create optimal solutions and prototypes. Competitors receive feedback throughout the process allowing them to refine their algorithms and designs.

MineQ Challenge
What are they?

Online competitions are industry sponsored challenges open to developers from around the world. We partner with an industry sponsor with a particular problem, you provide the best solution.


Cash prizes are awarded to the top entries. The 2016 Phase-X Online Challenge attracted $50,000 in prize money.


Online Competitions aim to improve the overall efficiency in the resources sector by open-sourced problem solving.

How it Works

Our industry partner defines the problem and provides the data, we provide the platform and support logistics for the competitions. Participants from around the world join in the problem-solving challenge. Industry partners provide feedback throughout the process to allow competitors to refine their solutions. The solutions are scored and the top submissions take away cash prizes!

Current Competitions
MineQ Challenge Early November 2017
Online Hackathon – Build industrial IoT apps for the global market

Develop industrial IoT based applications and novel solutions for a global market place. With several different challenges on offer from global resources companies, Unearthed innovators will have a chance to work on and create cutting edge technologies transforming the industrial landscape with significant cash prizes and opportunities up for grabs

MineQ Challenge
Past Competitions
Shield-X Challenge
28th April – 5th May 2017

The Shield-X Challenge was to develop an industry-wide personal safety device for use by people working near potentially dangerous autonomous equipment at a mine site. The device provided an emergency stop, allowing a user to stop nearby equipment if they feel unsafe – for example if a collision is imminent. The device had to be able to communicate with any brand of equipment. The challenge brought together major global miners, equipment manufacturers and innovators to drive the adoption of a solution industry-wide.

Shield-X Challenge Page
BHP Billiton Phase-X Challenge
24th March – 30th September 2016

Teams from universities and research organisations across the globe competed to create the best algorithm for optimising open pit mining phases, drawing from gigabytes of BHP Billiton’s operational data.

BHP Billiton Phase-X Challenge Page
Goldfields Ore-X Challenge

The Ore-X Challenge in 2015 attracted 275 competitors from 20 countries. Participants created ore-grade prediction algorithm that could classify material in a gold mine. The algorithms produced were as accurate as geologists at classifying the data provided and were much faster. For more information, check out the Case Study or Press Release.

Gold Fields Ore-X Challenge Page