Denver 2017

Unearthed Denver is a 54 hour open innovation hackathon event featuring real data and challenges from global mining and resource companies. The hackathon invites top local developers, engineers, data scientists, entrepreneurs and startups to come together and build prototype solutions over the course of 54 hours. The top teams will be awarded cash prizes, developer credits and future opportunities to grow prototypes into products with the capacity to impact industry. All teams and participants own a100% of the IP they generate at the hackathon.

Friday 22nd September – Sunday 24th September
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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.


Event Details


Denver
  • Sept 22nd-24th, 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.


  • Galvanize, Golden Triangle

    #UnearthedDenver will take place at first ever Galvanize coding school in the Golden Triangle!


  • Fully Catered

    Great food and coffee + Lots of data and hacking = good times! Its simple math.

Prizes

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

1st Prize

$2500

$3000 in AWS Credits & Support

2nd Prize

$1500

$2000 in AWS Credits & Support

Young Innovator Award

$1000

$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
Friday
  • 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!

Saturday
  • 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

Sunday
  • 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


Richard Williams

Richard Williams

Chief Operating Officer, Barrick Gold

Francis Vierboom

Francis Vierboom

CEO & Co-Founder, Propeller Aero

Judges

Ethan Hull

Ethan Hull

DevOps Manager, Barrick Gold

Richard Williams

Richard Williams

Chief Operating Officer, Barrick Gold

Larry Clark

Larry Clark

Principal, Jolimont Global Mining Systems

Joe Driscoll

Joe Driscoll

Partner, Mining Account Director, ERM

Curtis Rodgers

Curtis Rodgers

Vice President, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Terry Howerton

Terry Howerton

Founder & CEO, TechNexus Venture Collaborative

Expert Mentors

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Senior Director, Innovation, Barrick Gold

Cliff Brandon

Cliff Brandon

Owner, Automated Systems Alliance

David Jirku

David Jirku

Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Andres Rodriguez

Andres Rodriguez

Associate, Resource Capital Funds

Mike Apted

Mike Apted

Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Lauren Wan

Lauren Wan

Recruiter, Barrick Gold

Tyler Godoff

Tyler Godoff

Manager, Innovation Partnerships, Barrick Gold

Paddy Marshall

Paddy Marshall

Project Coordinator Automated Equipment, Barrick Gold

Abbey Thunehorst

Abbey Thunehorst

Roaster, Metallurgist, Barrick Gold

Ethan Hull

Ethan Hull

DevOps Manager, Barrick Gold

Tara Rana

Tara Rana

Enterprise Processing Digital Transformation, Barrick Gold

Nicolas Westgate

Nicolas Westgate

Innovation Analyst, Barrick Gold

Taylor Dillon

Taylor Dillon

Environmental Systems and Information Analyst, Barrick Gold

Brendan Karp

Brendan Karp

Chief of Staff, TechNexus Venture Collaborative

Lorenz Madarang

Lorenz Madarang

IT Projects Manager, Digital Transformation, Barrick Gold


Where to register?

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Unearthed Supporters

AWS
SAP
Galvanize
Austmine
acQuire




FAQs

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 – 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. Participants from all ages are invited, however please contact Unearthed is you are under 18 (Australia) or 21 (US) as alcohol is present at Unearthed events.

When is the Info Session?

An Info Session will take place approximately 1 week out from the hackathon. Attend the Info Session to find out about the challenges and everything else you will need to know to prepare yourself for the hackathon. Those that attend the Info Session will get an upper hand on those that don’t *hint hint*.

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. At a typical Unearthed hackathon the venue closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday and reopens at 8:00AM on Saturday and Sunday.

What is the cost and what does it involve? What support is available?

Innovator tickets are for the full weekend. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffees and drinks all weekend. It also includes industry mentoring and support from the resource and mining companies involved and tech startup experts. Unearthed sources its expert mentors and provides access to these individuals for participants in the hackathon, allowing those who do not have domain knowledge to ask questions of the mentors and learn fast.

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. 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 acumen and strong presentation skills (for your final pitch). Other backgrounds include engineering and geology, depending on the challenge that your team selects at the event. An Unearthed Hackathon is open-source, allowing you to develop or build in whatever language or skill you are familiar with. Amazon Web Services supports all innovators at Unearthed hackathons with $100 worth of developer credits, redeemed on opening night at the event via a unique code.