Perth 2018

Celebrating 5 Years of Community

Unearthed returns to home ground this year to where it all began, celebrating 5 years crowdsourcing innovative solutions. The 54 hour open innovation hackathon event will feature real data and challenges from BHP Nickel West, and see developers, engineers, data scientists, entrepreneurs and startups come together to build a prototype solution over the course of a weekend. The top teams will be awarded cash prizes, credits and future development opportunities. All teams own 100% of the IP they generate at #UnearthedPerth.

13-15 April
1. Purchase tickets 2. Register on the portal

5 Years of Community #5YUS
Celebrating you being in our community

23 March, 5pm-7pm – Community Night
26 March, 8am-10am – UWA x Unearthed Breakfast
4 April, 5pm-7pm – Bootcamp 1: Upskill yourself! Attend the workshop run by AWS to prepare yourself for the hackathon.
5 April, 5pm-7pm – Bootcamp 2: Prototype > Implementation. Maximise success!
13-15 April – Unearthed Perth 2018 (Hackathon)

Unearthed will also be making visits to universities such as Curtin, ECU and Murdoch. More details will be shared on Unearthed social channels so stay tuned!

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Unearthed Perth (Hackathon)
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!

Real Industry Challenges

Real industry challenges and data sets plus access to insights from the field, from those driving the operations.

Proving Ground for Innovators

Whether you’re one year into programming or CTO of a startup, the Unearthed hackathon opens industry data which provides a platform to test current or develop new solutions.

Event Details

  • 13-15 April, 2018

    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.

  • FLUX

    #UnearthedPerth will take place at FLUX, located in the heart of the Perth CBD.

  • Fully Catered

    Great food and coffee + Lots of data and creative thinking = good times!


1st Prize


2nd Prize


Young Innovator Award


People’s Choice Award


Who Should Participate?
Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Change Makers

Innovator tickets are for those who will be active participants in the event. 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.

Challenge 1: Smooth Operator

Preventing shutdowns from solid scale buildup in pipes

Challenge 2: Strong and Steady

Using lab analysis for regulating leach recovery

Challenge 3: Find the Leak

Detect where air is entering the smelter offgas train

Challenge 4: Hone Your Nickel

Improving conventrator performance in thickener stage

Hackathon Schedule
  • 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!

  • 8 am Doors Open & Breakfast
  • 10 am Catch up with the Mentors
  • 12 pm 1 min status Updates & Lunch
  • 5 pm Startup Presentation
  • 6 pm Last Status Update & Dinner

  • 8 am Doors Open & Breakfast
  • 12 pm Pitch Practise!
  • 3:30 pm Submit on Unearthed Portal
  • 4 pm Presentations Start
  • 8 pm Judging & Prize Awards

Community Legends

More to be announced!

Where to purchase tickets?

Grab your tickets fast!

Unearthed Supporters

City of Perth


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.

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.