Sydney 2017

Unearthed Sydney is a 54 hour open innovation hackathon event featuring real data and challenges from global leading resource companies. Sydney’s top developers, engineers, data scientists, entrepreneurs and startups will select one of several challenges on offer from the supporting resource companies and come together to build prototype solutions 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 #UnearthedSydney.

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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 plus access to insights from the field, from those driving the operations of global resources companies.



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


Stone & Chalk
  • 25-27 August, 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.


  • Stone & Chalk

    #UnearthedSydney will take place at a Sydney’s first fintech hub Stone & Chalk, located in the heart of the Sydney CBD.


  • Fully Catered

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

Prizes

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

1st Prize

$2500

+ $3000 in AWS Credits

+ Present at AIMEX Conference


2nd Prize

$1500

+ $2000 in AWS Credits


Young Innovator Award

$1000

+ $1000 in AWS Credits

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

Sunday
  • 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

Keynote Speakers


Ian Shackleton

Ian Shackleton

Geological Data Services, Boart Longyear

Neil Freeman

Neil Freeman

Manager Innovation, Systems & Innovation, Growth &
Innovation, Rio Tinto

Minister Matt Kean

The Hon. Matthew Kean MP

Minster for Innovation and Better Regulation, NSW Government

Minister Matt Kean

Ric Gros

CEO, METS Ignited Australia Ltd


Judges

Helen Palmer

Helen Palmer

Senior Manager, Industry Collaborations, NSW Department of Industry

Ian Shackleton

Ian Shackleton

Geological Data Services, Boart Longyear

Neil Freeman

Neil Freeman

Manager Innovation, Systems & Innovation, Growth &
Innovation, Rio Tinto

Minister Matt Kean

Ric Gros

CEO, METS Ignited Australia Ltd

Travis Gallion

Travis Gallion

Senior Manager Solutions Architecture, AWS


Expert Mentors

John Davidson

John Davidson

Senior Geoscientist (3D/Seismic), Geological Survey of NSW

Catherine Eibner

Catherine Eibner

General Manager, BlueChilli

James Alexander

James Alexander

Founder & Program Manager, Incubate

Sasha Krneta

Sasha Krneta

Economic Geologist, PhD Candidate, University of Adelaide

Peter Kanck

Peter Kanck

Senior Manager, Technology Development and Integration, Boart Longyear

Michelle Radley

Michelle Radley

Manager, Future Technology – Mines, Studies & Technology, Rio Tinto

Jonathon Berthiaume

Jonathon Berthiaume

Structural Geologist, PhD Candidate University of Adelaide

Paul Lucey

Paul Lucey

Paul Lucey, CEO Mine Vision Systems

Natalie Chapman

Natalie Chapman

Managing Director, gemaker

Kevin Ruming

Kevin Ruming

Director, Strategic Resource Assessment and Advice, Geological Survey of NSW

Clare Offner

Clare Offner

Principal Advisor, Mining Technology – Control Loops, Rio Tinto

Felix Sheldon

Geoscience Data Systems Developer, Geological Survey of NSW

Peter Klement

Peter Klement

Strategic Advisor, XMPro

Kevin Starck

Kevin Starck

Specialist Planning Systems – Technical Services, Coal Australia, Rio Tinto

Troy Epskamp

Troy Epskamp

Principal Automation Engineer – Growth and Innovation, Rio Tinto

Where to register?

Grab your tickets fast!

Unearthed Supporters

Boart Longyear
NSW Government
Knowledge Hubs
Mine Vision Systems
AWS
SAP
METS Ignited
NSW Govt
AIMEX
acQuire
Austmine


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.