Unearthed Sydney

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 Sydney will have a unique focus on solving Big Data challenges from the resources sector. This theme was identified as one of several disruptive technology waves that will impact the resources sector for many years to come.

19-21 August 2016
Congratulations to Team Data Cake, Winners of Unearthed Sydney 2016
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Cash and Glory

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

Deep Industry Challenges

Over 5 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

  • 19-21 August 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 will see teams pitch their prototypes and prizes awarded!

  • at Fishburners

    Unearthed will be held at Fishburners: Sydney’s top co-working space and hub of the thriving startup community.

  • Fully Catered

    Real industry problems & data! Massive opportunities!


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

1st Prize: Data Cake

$2000 Cash + $3k AWS Credits & Support

2nd Place: Perry’s Fan Club & Goldmembers

$1500 Cash

Young Innovator Award

$1000 Cash: Team Beaver

People’s Choice Award: 10 Hour Flight

Tech Prizes

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 & Keynote 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


Julian Malnic

Julian Malnic

Chairman, Sydney Mining Club

Helen Palmer

Helen Palmer

Senior Manager, Collaborative Programs, NSW Dept of Industry

Rick Baker

Rick Baker

Investment Director, Blackbird Ventures

Silvio Nicoli

Silvio Nicoli

Manager, Technical Stewardship, South32

Nick Strong

Nick Strong

Manager – Performance, Surface & Assets Control; Cadia Valley Operations, Newcrest Mining

Keynote Speakers

John Sidoti MP

John Sidoti MP,

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Roads, Industry, Resources and Energy.

David Wilson

David Wilson

Vice President, Planning & Development, South32

Where to register?

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

Unearthed Sydney 2016

Unearthed Supporters

NSW Government


Newcrest 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 Sydney. 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…)

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