Vancouver 2017

Unearthed returns to Canada for its second hackathon, this time in Vancouver. At #UnearthedVancouver, global mining and resource companies will open real challenges and large data sets in a collaborative environment. The hackathon invites top local developers, data scientists, designers, engineers, passionate entrepreneurs and startups to come together and build prototype solutions over the course of 54 hours. Solutions developed will address the challenges at hand. The top teams will be awarded cash prizes, developer credits and future opportunities to grow prototypes into products with the capacity to impact industry. All teams and participants own 100% of the IP generated at the hackathon.

Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October
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Recap the highlights of Unearthed Toronto 2017

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

  • Sept 29th – Oct 1st, 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.

  • Vancouver

    #UnearthedVancouver will take place at a top tech hub in the heart of Vancouver.

  • 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


Young Innovator Award


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

Alan Pangbourne

Alan Pangbourne

Chief Operating Officer, SSR Mining


Liezl van Wyk

Liezl van Wyk

Director – Operations Excellence, SSR Mining

Where to register?

Grab your tickets fast!

Unearthed Supporters

SSR Mining


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.