Digital Tribes Hardware Challenge

30 June to 14 July

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What is Digital Tribes?

The global resources sector faces $1 trillion of impact in the next 10 years from new technologies.
This impact will be driven by people with skills in data science, software development, and hardware engineering.
People with curiosity and drive.
People who love a challenge.
People like you.

Curious about a tech career with BHP, a company ready to embrace change driven by technology? Want to apply your skills to some of the largest industrial challenges around the world?
Then Digital Tribes is for you.

Together with a small team of selected innovators you will get the chance to work on IoT challenges and present your prototypes to an industry expert judging panel. And the best bit?
Top innovators will be offered paid engagement with BHP’s digital hardware tribe.

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Event Details

  • 30 Jun to 14 July
  • Location: Online¬†or in person in Perth at CORE Innovation Hub.¬†
  • Applications are open to anyone around the world. This Digital Tribes event will focus on IoT challenges and we provide Raspberry Pi to all participants, as well as some spending money for extra hardware components. Over two weeks you will work in a small team on the challenge you select.

    Whether you are a student, working full time or joining from anywhere around the world, if you are a digital native with hardware and software skills, then this one is for you. For more information on time commitment, check out our FAQs.

    Teams have two weeks to work on their prototypes and submit their designs and video pitches online. Industry mentors will be available throughout the event, in person at CORE or via video chat.

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  • Challenge 1: Can you enable operational awareness on civil equipment to achieve compliance to our mine plans?
  • Challenge 2: Can you design a prototype which operates in an ad hoc network suited for distributed safety devices?
Key Dates and Schedule

All times in AWST (GMT +8)

Event Lead up
  • 12 June 5 pm Info Session and challenge detail release

During the Challenge
  • 30 June 5 pm Event launch in Perth with video stream
  • 1 July – 13 July Hack and book your time with mentors
  • 13 July Pitch coaching sessions

Submissions and Winners
  • 14 July 2 pm Deadline to submit your solution and video pitch
  • 14 July 4 pm Pitching to expert judging panel
  • 14 July 7 pm Tech prizes for best solutions announced
  • Within 1 week Winners of paid engagement announced


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

BHP Prize

Up to 6 month contract with the BHP Digital Hardware Tribe for top innovators

1st Prize


2nd Prize


People’s Choice Award


Do I need to live in Perth to attend? – No, participation is possible from anywhere around the world. All key events will be live streamed and recorded and you can communicate with your team through Slack. You can book in time with the mentors via video conference.

Where can I find details about the challenges? – The challenges will be announced during the info session on Monday 12 June. As a development platform we will provide everyone with a Raspberry Pi and some extra spending money for additional hardware.

How will the teams be formed? – Updated: Teams will be formed on the opening weekend. You can also join as a pre-formed team.

How do I receive the money for hardware? – Payments will be exclusively made through PayPal, so please make sure you have an existing account. We will ask successful applicants to submit their PayPal details. Participants in Perth will receive a Raspberry Pi Zero W kit and $AU 60 for additional hardware. Remote participants will receive $AU 100 to order the kit and hardware directly.

Why do I need to apply? – Participation numbers are strictly limited and we will therefore have to select the best candidates based on the applications.

How are the top innovators selected, what does paid engagement mean and how many will be selected? – Multiple criteria will be used to pick the top innovators. The quality of the final prototype will only form one part of it. Paid engagement means a contract for a fixed period (details on conditions will be announced shortly and may vary based on your location). The total number of innovators entering into a paid engagement will depend on the candidate profiles and is not fixed. The decisions are made by Digital Tribes partner BHP and are final.

If you have any questions, please contact us directly.