San Francisco 2016

Unearthed San Francisco will bring together the global resources sector with the Silicon Valley startup community at this unique hackathon event. With cornerstone support from global manufacturer of construction and mining equipment Caterpillar and resources giant BHP Billiton, Unearthed will be running this exciting 3-day event at Galvanize, SoMa in the lead up to MINExpo.
Unique challenges and data will be opened up for the first time for developers, data scientists, designers, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September
Congratulations to the winners of Unearthed SF: MineMiners
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What is Unearthed?

Cash, Glory & Opportunities

Thousands of dollars of cash prizes, credits, future opportunities and other awards on offer!

Global Mining 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

Galvanize: SoMa
  • 23-25 September, 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 Friday & Saturday & most of Sunday. Sunday evening brings judging and the awards presentation.

  • Galvanize: SoMa

    In the heart of San Franciso at one of the city’s top coworking spaces.

  • Fully Catered

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


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

1st Prize



2nd Prize

Team Hermes


Young Innovator Award

Great Mines Think Alike


People’s Choice Award

Team Hermes

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
  • 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
  • 9 am Mentor briefings
  • 12 pm 1 min status Updates & Lunch
  • 2 pm Call for Industry Support
  • 6 pm Last Status Update & Dinner

  • 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

Judges & Keynote Speakers

Cleve Lightfoot

Cleve Lightfoot

Head of Innovation

BHP Billiton

Roberto Ortega

Roberto Ortega

Innovation & Digital Manager


Patrick Eggen

Patrick Eggen

Managing Director, North America

Qualcomm Ventures

Jason Leith

Jason Leith

Global Account Manager, Mining & Resources

Amazon Web Services

Pamela Greenberg

Pamela Greenberg

Program Director


Miriam Stanborough

Miriam Stanborough

Innovation Manager

Iluka Resources


Luke Gordon

Luke Gordon

Technical Specialist for Development, BHP Billiton

Kieran McCluskey

Kieran McCluskey

Information Services, Iron Ore, BHP Billiton

Nathan Weaver

Nathan Weaver

Innovation and Digital Program Manager, Caterpillar

James McCarty

James McCarty

Mining and Technology Enabled Solutions Manager, Caterpillar

Where to register?

Grab your tickets fast!

Unearthed San Francisco Hackathon 2016

Unearthed Supporters


BHP Billiton



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?

A live streamed Info Session will be held approximately one week before Unearthed San Francisco 2016. The Unearthed crew will live stream the Info Session from Australia. Exact details will be announced closer to the event via email, social media and on our website. Follow Unearthed on social media links to be kept informed.

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?

Innovator tickets are for the full weekend. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffees and drinks all weekend! It also includes industry mentoring from the resource and mining companies involved 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…

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 to the event. 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 mind who can think of your project in terms of its value and market position. Other backgrounds include engineering and geology, depending on the challenge that your team selects at the event.