MineHack Perth

Unearthed and BHP Billiton have teamed up to present MineHack Perth: a unique hackathon for the innovation community with the opportunity to work alongside one of the world’s largest diversified resources companies. Using Unearthed’s 54-hour long hackathon model, you’ll work with real life data from BHP Billiton’s Western Australia Iron Ore operation in its pursuit of more efficient, effective and safer ways to work.

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th May 2016
Congratulations to Team Conveyors of Wisdom, the winners of MineHack.
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Cash and Glory

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

Global Mining Challenges

5 large challenges from across BHPB operations. These will be supported by proprietary data sets. What will you build?

BHP Billiton

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

BHP Billiton
  • 13-15 May, 2016

    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 Saturday and most of Sunday. Sunday evening brings judging and the much-anticipated awards ceremony.

  • at BHP Billiton Perth

    Unearthed will be held at BHP Billiton, Level 1, 125 St. George Terrace, Perth

  • Fully Catered

    Food. Hacking. Good times.


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

1st Prize

$2500 Cash, $3000 AWS Credits

2nd Prize

$1500 Cash, $2000 AWS Credits

Young Innovator Award

$1000 Cash, $1000 AWS Credits

Oresome Award

A unique MineHack Prize from BHP Billiton! Watch this space…

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 finding a team ahead of time.

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 pm Status Updates & Lunch
  • 2 pm Call for Industry Support
  • 7 pm Last Status Update & Dinner

  • 8 am Doors Open & Breakfast
  • 2 pm Finalize Prototypes
  • 3:30 pm Submit Projects
  • 4 pm Presentations Start
  • 7 pm Judging & Prize Awards

Judges & Keynote Speakers

Graham Reynolds

Graham Reynolds

Head of Design & Modifications

BHP Billiton

Johanna Cowell

Johanna Cowell

Manager, Mine Performance

BHP Billiton Iron Ore

Mark Stickells

Mark Stickells


Energy & Minerals Institute, UWA

Edin Mustajbegovic

Edin Mustajbegovic

Head of Strategy & Planning

BHP Billiton WAIO

Rob Telford

Rob Telford

Vice President, Continuous Improvement

BHP Billiton Iron Ore


Brian Law

Brian Law

Data Analyst, BHP Billiton

Michael Renton

Michael Renton

Analysis & Improvement Team, BHP Billiton

Chris Elkins

Chris Elkins

Principal Analyst Technology, BHP Billiton WAIO

Kirsten Rose

Kirsten Rose

Senior Manager, Low Emissions Technology, BHP Billiton

Jeremy Outschoorn

Jeremy Outschoorn

Iron Ore: Strategy, Planning & Technology

Where to register?

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

Unearthed Perth Mining 2016

Unearthed Supporters

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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 to 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.

When is the info session?

The info session is held approximately one week before the hackathon. We will announce the exact details closer the the event via email and on our website.

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.

What is the cost? And what does it involve?

Developer tickets are for the full weekend. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffees and drinks all weekend! It also includes industry mentoring from BHP Billiton and tech startup experts.

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…