Unearthed Adelaide

Over $10,000 in cash and giveaways!

Unearthed Hackathons are a unique 54-hour long event 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.

Unearthed Adelaide will have a range of challenges from across South Australian operations.

27-29 May 2016
Congratulations to the winners of Unearthed Adelaide 2016: Journey Optimizers.
2015 Prototypes 2016 Prototypes
Cash and Glory

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

Deep Industry Challenges

Three 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

  • 27-29 May 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 St Paul’s Creative Centre

    the home of creative activities in downtown Adelaide

  • Fully Catered

    Food. Drinks. Good times.


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

1st Prize

$1500 Cash + $3000 AWS Credits

2nd Place

$1000 Cash + $2000 AWS Credits

Young Innovator Award

$750 Cash + $1000 AWS Credits

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


Dr. Paul Heithersay

Dr Paul Heithersay

Deputy Chief Executive, South Australian Department
of State Development

Christie Gerrard

Christie Gerrard

Manager, SARIG & Online Resource Information,
Resources and Energy, Department of State Development

Gavin Swart

Gavin Swart

General Manager, Major Projects & Engineering, Iluka Resources

Steve Benn

Steve Benn

Manager, Exploration and Production Technologies, Santos

Keynote Speakers

Chris Picton

Chris Picton, MP

Member of Parliament for Kaurna

Gavin Swart

Gavin Swart

General Manager, Major Projects & Engineering, Iluka Resources


Suresh Sakar

Suresh Sakar

Engineering Manager, Iluka Resources

James Balzary

James Balzary

Mining Technology Expert

Russell Hodges

Russell Hodges

Manager/Technical Specialist, Mining & Environment Industries

Steve Lechowicz

Steve Lechowicz

Team Leader, E&P Technical Analytics, Santos Ltd.

Where to register?

Grab your tickets fast – our last event quickly sold out!

Unearthed Adelaide 2016

Unearthed Supporters

Iluka Resources

South Australian Goverment




CRC Mining


Amazon Web Services

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 Adelaide. 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…)