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 MarchView 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.
The top teams will compete to win cash, credits, and glory!
+ AUD$2500 from Barrick’s Heart of Gold Fund – you choose the charity to which these funds are donated
+ 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
- 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
Chief Innovation Officer, Barrick Gold
Councillor Michelle Holland
City of Toronto
Admissions Producer, Bitmaker
Senior Manager, Digital Mining, Barrick Gold
Head of Digital Transformation, Barrick Gold
National Director, Oil & Gas/Mining, Digital Transformation, Cisco
Director, Software Development, IT & Facilities, NORCAT
Senior Director, Digital Mining, Barrick Gold
Senior Manager, Talent Sourcing, Barrick Gold
Manager, Innovation Partnerships, Barrick Gold
Senior Manager, Digital Program Management Office, Barrick Gold
Business Design Manager, Barrick Copper Business Unit
Director of Product, acQuire Technology Solutions
Founder & CEO, Phuse
VP, Operations Support, Barrick Gold
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?
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.