Tuesday, 27 October 2020
Unearthed Melbourne, Victoria
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Unearthed Melbourne, Victoria

Unearthed Melbourne was held from the 6 – 8 of November 2015, at Teamsquare in Melbourne, Victoria. The 54-hour open innovation event focused on the resources sector, with innovators such as software developers, engineers, data scientists, designers and industry insiders coming together to develop solutions to issues that exist in the resource sector.

The Hackathon results were very impressive. There was a focus on the “Internet of Things”, with 12 teams developing and pitching innovative solutions to four different industry challenges.  There was very strong participation from within the industry, with problems provided by Anglo American and Newcrest for the teams to solve.

A big congratulations to the winning team, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) of Things, which included a combination of individuals from RMIT and CSIRO. The team tackled Anglo American’s problem, regarding the critical topic of Safety in the Mining Sector. Team PPE of Things used low-cost, off the shelf Bluetooth sensors to monitor the safety of people on site, provide real-time, location-specific alerts, and improve communications. Donovan Waller, Group Head of Technology for Anglo American, made a surprise guest appearance on stage at the end of the winning team’s presentation in the Austmine stream at IMARC 2015, to congratulate the winners, whilst modelling their design.

The 2nd Prize was awarded to Solution42, who placed sensors on robotic devices in order to monitor key indicators at processing plants. The Young Innovator Award was presented to MineWatch, who used low-cost Bluetooth sensors to create an equipment access control system. Alerts on a smartphone that indicated with a green (good) or red (bad) flash who is qualified to use equipment and who is not.

The key outcomes of the event included:

  • Twelve different approaches to the challenges as seen by twelve different teams
  • Plenty of hardware hacking with the prize winning teams all using sensor devices as part of their solution
  • The winning team, PPE of Things, presenting their prototype at IMARC Melbourne, where they pitched in front of hundreds of resources industry leaders, policy makers, and financiers
  • Four industry challenges

The event attracted over 70 participants, a fantastic number for the first open innovation resources hackathon in Victoria. Overall, a great weekend filled with innovation, learning and collaboration.

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