Toronto 2017

Unearthed Toronto is a 54 hour open innovation hackathon event featuring real data and challenges from Barrick Gold. Top developers, engineers, data scientists, entrepreneurs and startups will selected one of two challenges on offer from Barrick and come together to build prototype solutions over the course of 54 hours. The top teams will be awarded cash prizes, credits and future development opportunities. All teams own 100% of the IP they generate at #UnearthedToronto.

Friday 3rd March – Sunday 5th March
View the challenges and winners
Congratulations to the winners of Unearthed Toronto, team BGC/Koan Designs

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 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

  • 3-5 March, 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.

  • Bitmaker

    #UnearthedToronto will take place at Bitmaker, Canada’s leading tech skills accelerator creating the next generation of tech leaders.

  • 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


+ AUD$2500 from Barrick’s Heart of Gold Fund – you choose the charity to which these funds are donated

2nd Prize


+ AUD$1500 from Barrick’s Heart of Gold Fund – you choose the charity to which these funds are donated

Young Innovator Award


+ AUD$1000 from Barrick’s Heart of Gold Fund – you choose the charity to which these funds are donated

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
  • 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

Keynote Speakers

Michelle Ash

Michelle Ash

Chief Innovation Officer, Barrick Gold

Michelle Holland

Councillor Michelle Holland

City of Toronto

Federico Arboleda

Federico Arboleda

Founder, Imago

Amy Todd

Amy Todd

Admissions Producer, Bitmaker


Iain Allen

Iain Allen

Senior Manager, Digital Mining, Barrick Gold

Ed Humphries

Ed Humphries

Head of Digital Transformation, Barrick Gold

Brad Bechtold

Brad Bechtold

National Director, Oil & Gas/Mining, Digital Transformation, Cisco

Ed Wisniewski

Ed Wisniewski

Director, Software Development, IT & Facilities, NORCAT


Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Senior Director, Digital Mining, Barrick Gold

Richa Garg

Richa Garg

Senior Manager, Talent Sourcing, Barrick Gold

Tyler Godoff

Tyler Godoff

Manager, Innovation Partnerships, Barrick Gold

Theresa Sapara

Theresa Sapara

Senior Manager, Digital Program Management Office, Barrick Gold

Daniel Marcus

Daniel Marcus

Business Design Manager, Barrick Copper Business Unit

Steve Mundell

Steve Mundell

Director of Product, acQuire Technology Solutions

James Costa

James Costa

Founder & CEO, Phuse

Denis Gratton

Denis Gratton

VP, Operations Support, Barrick Gold

Where to register?

Grab your tickets fast!

Unearthed Supporters


City of Toronto
StartupHERE Toronto
Amazon Web Services
Big Data University


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 will take place at the Centre for Social Innovation located at 192 Spadina Ave, Toronto on 23 February at 5:30PM. 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*. Register here

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.