Unearthed Sydney 2018 marks the fourth anniversary of the mining technology hackathon that invites Sydney’s brightest minds to dig through data and apply fresh ideas to real industry problems for real rewards.
The 554-hour open innovation event will take place from 12 – 14 October 2018 at the Amazon Web Services Sydney office that serves as a key technology centre for AWS globally, with three operational challenges and data sets provided by leading, growth-focused Australian gold miner Evolution Mining.
Challenges include modelling concealed gold at Evolution’s Mt Rawdon open-pit mine; optimising truck payload and cycle speeds at the Cowal gold mine; and minimising the amount of waste mixing with ore at Evolution’s Cracow underground mine.
Evolution Mining Chief Operating Officer Bob Fulker said Evolution believes that innovation is not about inventing, it’s about taking what others understand works in different applications and putting it together in a way that provides a workable solution to various opportunities.
“By adopting this philosophy, we do not need to be fast followers, as we will hold a competitive advantage by implementing fast firsts. We encourage disruption, an agile approach to innovation and use of technologies at the site,” said Fulker.
Evolution Mining General Manager, Transformation and Effectiveness Mark Boon added:
“We are actively looking for ground-breaking ideas from the group to transform the company’s ounce and cost profile, whilst having a myopic focus on value accretion. Partnering with Unearthed in hackathon events is a part of that process, offering a greater potential of ideas to solve key business problems or develop workable solutions from beyond our direct employees,” Boon said.
New South Wales’ top students, innovators, METS companies, entrepreneurs and startups are invited to form diverse teams who will work on proprietary data and access industry experts in the process of prototyping new technological solutions to Evolution Mining’s three challenges over the course of the weekend.
Mining software solutions provider MICROMINE will be supplying Micromine licences and act as a specialist mentor for Unearthed Sydney participants who choose to tackle Evolution Mining’s Buried Treasure challenge.
Micromine Product Strategy Manager Mark Gabbitus explained how Micromine software can assist in modelling blasted ore during the cut back process.
“Like everything in mining, location is key to this challenge. Being able to see where material has come from and where it has ended up, in 3D, will be a huge benefit to the participants,” said Gabbitus.
Participants at Unearthed Sydney stand to win up to A$6,000 in cash, Amazon Web Services credits, and technology prizes, plus the opportunity to further develop their solutions with Evolution Mining.
“At Unearthed, we are passionate about helping entrepreneurs, technologists and creatives around the world realise the trillion-dollar opportunity in the energy and resources sector. We look forward to meeting Sydney’s top talent at the hackathon,” said Unearthed Industry Lead – Crowdsourcing, Holly Bridgwater.