Digital Tribes Houston – 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.

Digital Tribes Houston

16 – 23 February 2018

A one week GLOBAL hackathon event where digital innovators and entrepreneurs will code prototype solutions aimed at solving real challenges from BHP. Prototypes built will be judged as part of the hackathon to then determine the strength of digital innovators who will be offered big prizes!

Register for Hackathon

See the results of Digital Tribes
Perth in July 2017 here.

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 individuals skilled in data science, software development, and hardware engineering. Digital Tribes will connect digital natives to the oncoming impact to create new innovations.

Who can join?
Digital Tribes is open to innovators from around the world. You can join us live in Houston or through online participation. Together with a nimble team of innovators you will get the chance to work on real challenges and present your solution to an industry expert judging panel. What is an innovator? Software developers/programmers/coders, data scientists, engineers, designers and other such technical individuals.

What do I need?
Motivation, determination and a willingness to work in a nimble group, or tribe. We are looking for technical individuals ready to apply their skills to the resources sector. Bring your machines + and your own knowledge. You own the IP, you own the solution and you can work in your own native development language.

What can I win and when is it on?
Find out about prizes and the schedule.

Key Dates

Info Session: February 2
Start: February 16
Hackathon ends: February 23
Hackathon winners announced: February 23
Digital Tribe Prize: Mid March


  • Challenge 1: Can you handle the heat? Build a gamified aptitude test for remote controllers.
  • Challenge 2: Let’s just be friends? Predicting conditions that upset the separation of water and oil in petroleum production.

Take on the Challenge?

Sign up and create your free account on the Unearthed Innovation Platform, as the competition draws nearer we will inform all interested as to the next steps. Get access to the Digital Tribes slack channel where Unearthed will communicate with all innovators.


Innovation Platform Add me to the Slack Channel

Event Details

  • February 16 – 23, 2018

    Digital Tribes Houston kicks off on Friday evening with opening presentations, introductions to the data and challenges, and then teams commence working on their ideas. Houston teams have the opportunity to work at Station Houston for the full weekend, while remote teams can book appointments with the mentors through Slack. You will working closely with industry experts to ensure your prototype is filling a real need! Teams are hard at work well into the night on Friday & Saturday & most of Sunday. Sunday afternoon will see teams give quick updates on their prototype to get feedback from our industry experts. You then have a full week to work with your team to develop your project further. All teams will be invited to pitch their solution on Friday evening, followed by an awards ceremony for top solutions.

  • Station Houston & Online

    #DigitalTribes Houston will take place both at Station Houston & online. If you are not in Houston you will still be able to compete.

Register to Participate


Tina Markovic

Tina Markovic

Head of Production, Jansen Project, BHP

David Purvis

David Purvis

Vice President, Engineering, BHP Petroleum

Geraldine Slattery

Geraldine Slattery

Asset President Conventional, BHP Petroleum

Franz Deimbacher

Franz Deimbacher

Worldwide Technical Leader, Oil & Gas, Amazon Web Services

Roberto Moctezuma

Roberto Moctezuma

Mentor in Residence, Station Houston

Matt Rosenthal

Matt Rosenthal

Principal, BHP Technology Strategy & Innovation


Fernando De Matos

Fernando De Mattos

Head of Technology, BHP Petroleum

Grace Rodriguez

Grace Rodriguez

CXO & Co-Founder, Station Houston

David Purvis

David Purvis

Vice President, Engineering, BHP Petroleum

Amanda Edwards

Amanda Edwards

Councillor, Houston City Council

Coert Du Plessis

Coert Du Plessis

Head of Digital Strategy, BHP


The top teams will compete to win big prizes!

1st Prize


2nd Prize


People’s Choice Award

Tech prizes

Digital Tribe Prize

A 3 month paid experience working in the technology team at BHP in Houston.

Station Houston Innovation Prize

1 month of Startup Membership for the winning team (max 3 people)

Local Supporters

Station Houston
Amazon Web Services
Important Dates and Schedule

All times in Central Time Zone (UTC -06:00)

Event Lead up

During the weekend
  • Fri Feb 16th Event launch in Houston with live stream
  • Fri 16h – Sun 18th Hack challenges and book in time with mentors (online & in-person)
  • Sun 18th Pitch Update Sessions (online teams submit 5 min videos before deadline, in Houston teams present live update)

During the week (Mon 19th-Fri 23rd)
  • Mon 19th – Thurs 22nd Teams continue developing prototypes and book BHP mentor times online & in-person (Houston)
  • Fri 23rd Online teams – deadline to submit your final 5 min video pitch & project page on the Unearthed Innovation Platform
  • Fri 23rd 17:00 Local Houston teams invited back to Station Houston to deliver pitches

  • 17:30 First round of FINAL PITCHES commence
  • 19:00 Dinner break, first round of pitches conclude
  • 19:45 Second round of FINAL PITCHES commence
  • 20:30  Pitches conclude, judges break to select cash prize winners
  • 21:00  Cash prizes announced! Celebration and wrap up party!