Driving Innovation in the Mining Sector

Unearthed is a unique 54-hour long event focused on the mining sector. Software developers, designers, and industry insiders will come together to develop prototype solutions to mining sector problems. Unearthed participants will have a chance to work on proprietary industry data as well as data from our government partners. Unearthed is organized by the Resource Innovation through Information Technology (RIIT) group.

The event for 2014 is over and was a resounding success. For a quick recap of the event head to the West "Thinking Big to Unearthed Ideas" for the story

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Cash and Glory

Thousands of dollars of cash prizes and other awards up for grabs.

Deep Industry Data

2 years of Gold Fields transport and logistics data. Geospacial data from Landgate and geological data from Dept of Mines and Petroleum. What will you build?

Experts on Hand

Collaborate with subject matter experts from industry. Insights from the field will help you build a solution with real impact.


Why innovation in mining?

Paul Lucey

Head of Engineering and Projects / Gold Fields / 18 April 2014

“In today’s more challenging environment, mining companies need to start embracing successful practices from other industries such as the Unearthed event. For Gold Fields this is a bold step forward in using a unconventional process for mining, to try and solve conventional mining problems.”

David Peever

Managing Director / Rio Tinto Australia / 18 September 2012

"We need to innovate and be encouraged to do so. As a nation, we can’t afford complacency."

Productivity in the mining sector has dropped. To stay competitive internationally, it will have to innovate. Come be a part of that innovation. Help us build a sustaiable tech startup ecosystem in Australia. Want to learn more about how we can create Australian jobs and ensure the competitiveness of Australian industry? Check out our full program.


2014 Unearthed Results Winners below. Selected from the 18 participating teams

1st Prize

Applied Mathematics Inc.

Pre-crusher large bolder detection with off the shelf accelerometers and real time mathematical analysis

2nd Prize


iPad app which gives mine grade controllers mobile access to graded block information. Blocks are visualised on a map, with key data such as grade, tonnage, mineral composition and dug date, just a tap away.

Landgate SLIP Prize

The Froys

Interactive map of ore transport across the mine site. Our tool makes it easier for management to keep tabs on the day's movements, compare them with historical records, and reconcile their forecast totals -- from any device, anywhere


  • 1oz Gold Coin
  • $3,000 AWS Credit
  • Commercialization AU mentorship


  • 10oz Silver Bar
  • $2,000 AWS Credit
  • Commercialization AU mentorship


  • $2,000 AUD
  • Entry in the Landgate Dev Course
  • Landgate Technical Support
  • $1,000 AWS Credit

Event Details

Spacecubed, the home of innovation in Perth's CBD

  • May 2 - 4, 2014

    Unearthed kicks off on Friday evening with an opening presentation, an introduction to the data and challenges, and drinks! Teams are hard at work well into the night on Saturday and most of Sunday. Sunday evening brings judging and the much anticipated awards ceremony.


    at Spacecubed

    Unearthed will be held at Spacecubed: Perth's premier co-working space and hub of the thriving startup community.

  • Fully Catered

    Food. Drinks. Good times.


Friday 2nd May 2014

  • 5 pm Event Registration
  • 6 pm Welcome & Key Note Speakers
  • 7 pm Intros, Rules, Prizes & Launch
  • Lets get coding!

Saturday 3rd May 2014

  • 8 am Doors Open & Breakfast
  • 12 am Status Updates & Lunch
  • 2 pm Call for Industry Support
  • 7 pm Last Status Update & Dinner

Sunday 4th May 2014

  • 8 am Doors Open & Breakfast
  • 2 pm Finalize Prototypes
  • 4 pm Submit Projects
  • 5 pm Presentations Start
  • 7 pm Judging & Prize Awards

Who Should Participate?


Developer tickets are for those who will be active participants in the hackathon. If you are a coder, designer, or data guru keen to get building, this event is for you. If you are nontechnical we recommend coming along as an event observer.


Want to come along to watch the magic as it happens? The prime time for observers will be Friday night during the kick off event and Sunday evening for the presentations and prizes.

Amazing Supporters

Thank you! Unearthed is possible due to the help of these fantastic organisations:



Dept of Industry

BHP Billiton

Gold Fields

Amazon Web Services




Commercialisation AU



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