Origin headlines Brisbane hackathon as digital disruption takes on the energy resources sector

Hannah Frankish Competitions News, News, Unearthed News

Unearthed is excited to be returning to Brisbane for the third consecutive year, inviting Queensland’s top entrepreneurs, innovators and startups to prototype solutions to energy resources sector challenges provided by first time hackathon participants Origin Energy.

Highlights of the release:

  • Origin will headline the Unearthed Brisbane hackathon, providing 3 energy sector challenges and datasets.
  • Industry Growth Centre NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) will support teams across the weekend through mentorship from subject matter experts such as General Manager Simon Orton, a Former Engineering Manager at BHP Billiton and Chief Executive Officer Miranda Taylor.
  • Unearthed Brisbane will feature an all female keynote speaker lineup, including Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Suzanne Miller, Origin’s Chief Development Officer Maia Schweizer, River City Labs CEO Peta Ellis, and Unearthed Accelerator Program Director Kathy Bunce.
  • River City Labs and The Queensland Startup Precinct will jointly host the Unearthed Brisbane hackathon from 21 – 23 April 2017.

“We are thrilled to be participating in our first hackathon,” said Maia Schweizer, Chief Development Officer, Origin Energy. “We know that there is a hugely valuable opportunity for us to apply new eyes to old, tough challenges, and to embrace new ways of doing things.”

“The Unearthed hackathon provides an innovative platform for problem solving for our sector, bringing new players into the industry in a supportive environment to solve industry efficiency challenges. The energy resources sector is searching for innovative approaches and fresh insights from other industries, as technological change accelerates and traditional industry boundaries disappear. The Unearthed Hackathon creates real opportunities for all” – Miranda Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, NERA. 

“Unearthed Brisbane will demonstrate how great ideas can be turned into innovative startups, and create the knowledge-based jobs of the future,” said Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy.

Read the full Press Release here.

Download the Event Poster.

Thanks to our supporters including: Origin Energy, NERA, SAP,  Amazon Web Services, acQuire Technologies and Austmine.


Hannah Frankish, Marketing & Communications, Unearthed
hannah@unearthed.solutions +61 407 702 177

Mikey Kailis, Growth Manager, Unearthed
mikey@unearthed.solutions +61 411 264 650