Cape Town Hackathon

Friday 5th – Sunday 7th February 2016

Unearthed hackathon events are unique 54-hour long activities 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 as well as data from our government partners.

“Technology implementation costs time and money – two critical resources that the mining sector currently requires to reinvent itself. The Unearthed Hackathon is the perfect platform to fast-track innovation and short-circuit this process,” Jeannette McGill, Head of Technology and Innovation, Anglo American

Congratulations to Pieter Holtzhausen and Albert Swart from Team Middebosch on winning Unearthed Cape Town 2016

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Cash and Glory

Did someone say prizes?! Thousands of Rands of cash prizes, credits, and other awards up for grabs.

Deep Industry Challenges

Multiple large industry challenges to be opened. These will be supported data sets from industry, government, and other sources. What will you build?

Experts on hand

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

Event Details

5th to 7th of February 2016, before Indaba international mining conference.

Workshop 17
  • 5-7 February, 2015

    Unearthed kicks off on Friday evening with an opening presentation, an intro to the data and challenges! Working through Saturday and most of Sunday. Sunday evening brings judging and the awards.

  • Hosted at: Workshop 17

    Unearthed will be held at Workshop 17, in the heart of Cape Town’s business district and an innovation host of South Africa.

  • Fully Catered

    Food, drinks, fresh coffee, good times.


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

1st Prize

R10,000 – Team Middebosch

2nd Place

R8,000 – Team Codeswop

Young Innovator Award

R5,000 – #MakingWavelets

Who Should Participate?

Developer tickets are for those who will be active participants in the innovation events. If you are a coder, designer, or data guru keen to get building, this is for you. If you are nontechnical we recommend coming along as an event observer.


Want to come along to watch the magic as it happens? The prime time for observers will be Friday night during event kick off and Sunday evening for presentations and prizes.

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

Judges & Mentors

Jeannette McGill
Jeannette McGill

Head of Technology & Innovation, Anglo Platinum

Dee Bradshaw
Dee Bradshaw

SARChI Chair: Minerals Beneficiation at University Of Cape Town

Kieno Kammies
Kieno Kammies

Angel Investor & Entrepreneur

Neville Plint

Neville Plint

Head of Business Improvement, Anglo American

Bongi Ntsoelengoe

Bongi Ntsoelengoe

Manager, Technology, Kumba Iron Ore

Yolande Fourie

Yolande Fourie

Project Manager, Technology Development, Anglo American

Matlou Mabokano

Matlou Mabokano

General Manager: Mining and Minerals, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)

Keynote Speakers

Kieno Kammies

Angel Investor & Entrepreneur

Jeannette McGill

Jeannette McGill

Head of Technology & Innovation, Anglo Platinum

Where to register?

Unearthed Supporters

Iluka Resources


Anglo American
De Beers




CRC Mining

Amazon Web Services

University of Cape Town

Interested in supporting Unearthed with Data or Sponsorship? Contact Us


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 Cape Town. 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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