Brisbane 2017

Unearthed returns to Brisbane in 2017 for the third time, inviting the city’s top entrepreneurs and innovators to solve industry challenges. Join in the fun and excitement by working in teams to develop the next generation of technology solutions used by the resources industry. A new set of industry challenges and data will be available for the first time ever!

21-23 April 2017
View the challenges & winners
Congratulations to the winners: DriveSafe
Cash, Glory & Opportunities

Thousands of dollars of cash prizes, credits, future opportunities and other awards on offer to the top 3 teams! Yes that’s right – the top 3 teams will all receive prizes!

Global Resources 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.

“The Unearthed Hackathon provides an innovative platform for problem solving for our sector, bringing new players into the industry in a supportive environment to solve industry efficiency challenges. The energy resources sector is searching for innovative approaches and fresh insights from other industries, as technological change accelerates and traditional industry boundaries disappear. The Unearthed Hackathon creates real opportunities for all.”Miranda Taylor, CEO, National Energy Resources Australia (NERA)

Event Details

  • 21-23 April, 2017

    Unearthed kicks off on Friday evening with an opening presentation, an introduction to the data and challenges, and a coding kickoff! Teams are hard at work well into the night on Friday & Saturday & most of Sunday. Sunday evening brings judging and the awards presentation.

  • River City Labs &
  • The Precinct

    Unearthed Brisbane will take place at both the new Startup Precinct and the original River City Labs. The kick off event and closing event will take place at the Startup Precinct. Coding, prototyping and more will take place at River City Labs.

  • Fully Catered

    Great food and coffee + Lots of data and hacking = good times!


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

1st Prize


$3000 in AWS Credits & Support

2nd Prize


$2000 in AWS Credits & Support

Young Innovator Award


$1000 in AWS Credits & Support

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 Launch! Welcomes & Key Note Speakers
  • 6:45pm Challenge intros from mentors
  • 7:00pm Team Forming and data distribution
  • 7:30pm Lets get coding!

  • 8 am Doors Open & Breakfast
  • 9 am Mentor briefings
  • 12 pm 1 min status Updates & Lunch
  • 2 pm Call for Industry Support
  • 6 pm Last Status Update & Dinner

  • 8 am Doors Open & Breakfast
  • 2 pm Finalize Prototypes
  • 3:30 pm Submit on Unearthed Portal
  • 4 pm Presentations Start
  • 7 pm Judging & Prize Awards

Keynote Speakers

Professor Suzanne Miller

Prof. Suzanne Miller

Queensland Chief Scientist

Maia Schweizer

Maia Schweizer

Chief Development Officer, Origin Energy

Kathy Bunce

Kathy Bunce

Accelerator Program Director, Unearthed

Peta Ellis

Peta Ellis

CEO, River City Labs


Simon Orton

Simon Orton

GM – Value Chain, NERA

Monica Bradley

Monica Bradley

Founder, Purposeful Capital

Felicity Underhill

Felicity Underhill

Director [X], Origin Energy

Rob Catchpoole

Rob Catchpoole

Principal Surface Facilities Development Engineer, Origin Energy

Trent Weier

Trent Weier

Senior Director, Value Engineering, SAP

Expert Mentors

Steve Baxter

Steve Baxter

Founder, River City Labs

Peter Laurie

Peter Laurie

Director, Junta

Dominic Hardy

Dominic Hardy

Avionics Engineer, Nova Systems

Where to register?

Unearthed Supporters

Origin Energy


Can I come ready as a team? 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. We have found the most successful team size is between 3 to 4, but teams can be more or less. If you don’t have a team then we’ll help you to form one at the info session or on the opening evening.

When is the info session?

A live streamed Info Session will be held approximately one week before Unearthed Brisbane 2017. The Unearthed crew will live stream the Info Session from Australia. Exact details will be announced closer to the event via email, social media and on our website. Follow Unearthed on social media links to be kept informed.

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. If you haven’t formed a team yet and cannot make the Friday night, drop us an email and we’ll try to put you in a team so that you’re ready on Saturday.

What is the cost? And what does it involve?

Innovator tickets are for the full weekend. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffees and drinks all weekend! It also includes industry mentoring from the resource and mining companies involved and tech startup experts.

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

Descriptions of the challenges 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). Attend the info session prior to the hackathon in order to get prepared.

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…

What are the types of skills I need to have in my team to succeed at Unearthed?

Unearthed recommends that your team consist of a mix of individuals who each bring different skills to the event. At least one programmer/developer (open source), a data scientist (number cruncher), a designer (can make the tech look amazing) and perhaps an entrepreneur with a business mind who can think of your project in terms of its value and market position. Other backgrounds include engineering and geology, depending on the challenge that your team selects at the event.