Hunter Valley Hackathon

Unearthed is a unique 54-hour long event focused on the resources sector. Software developers, designers, engineers, data scientists 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 government partners.

26-28 August 2016
Congratulations to Team Arnut, Winners of Unearthed Hunter Valley 2016
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Cash and Glory

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

Deep Industry Challenges

Over 5 large resource 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

Dantia Smart Hub (DaSH)
  • 26-28 August, 2016

    Unearthed kicks off on Friday evening with an opening presentation, an introduction to the data and challenges, and drinks! Teams are hard at work well into the night on Saturday and most of Sunday. Sunday evening brings judging and the much-anticipated awards ceremony.

  • at Dantia Smart Hub (DaSH)

    Unearthed Hunter Valley will take place at Hunter Valley’s newest coworking space: Dantia Smart Hub (DaSH).

  • Fully Catered

    Food, coffee, drinks, great fun!


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

1st Prize

$2000 Cash

2nd Place

$1500 Cash

Young Innovator Award

$1000 Cash

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 or partnering with technically gifted groups.


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, Challenge Briefings, Data Distribution, 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


Derek Lush

Derek Lush

Economic Development Executive, Dantia

Trent Bagnall

Trent Bagnall

Founder, Slingshot Accelerator

Jacques Labuschagne

Jacques Labuschagne

Finance Director, CMOC-Northparkes Mines

Chris Yeats

Chris Yeats

Executive Director, Geological Survey of NSW, NSW Dept of Industry


Bonnie Coxon

Bonnie Coxon

Operational Technology Superintendent, CMOC-Northparkes Mines

Jason Pauling

Jason Pauling

Councillor, Lake Macquarie City Council

Wayne Diemar

Wayne Diemar

Project Director, HunterNet

Where to register?

Grab your tickets fast – all our Unearthed events sell out quickly!

Unearthed Newcastle 2015

Unearthed Supporters

NSW Government
CMOC-Northparkes Mines


CRC Mining
Dantia Smart Hub

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 Hunter Valley. If you don’t have a team then we’ll form one for you 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. If you haven’t formed a team yet and cannot make the Friday night, drop us a line 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?

Developer tickets are for the full weekend. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, multiple coffees and drinks all weekend!
Students from the University of Newcastle are asked to get in touch with Unearthed regarding their tickets. Email

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

Challenges Titles will be released the week before the event. All code, design and assets must be created during the Hackathon or be made freely available to the public.

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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