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Winners Announced of BHP Billiton Unearthed MineHack 2016


Congratulations to the winners of ‪‎MineHack‬ – team “Conveyors of Wisdom” who created a working prototype of a conveyor, along with a laser measure and high definition camera to detect and predict wear patterns in conveyor belts for rips and tears. In the space of 52 hours, 18 teams made up of 116 innovators and entrepreneurs worked on five challenges using our real life data, and pitched their prototype solutions to the five mining and technical judges.
See the submissions and learn more about MineHack below:

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BHP Billiton Iron Ore Challenges

Unearthed innovation events are unique 54-hour long activities focused on the resources sector. Software developers, designers, and industry insiders will come together to develop prototype solutions to resources sector problems. Unearthed MineHack participants will have a chance to work on BHP operational challenges and data sets.
Unearthed MineHack will be held at BHP Billiton from the 13-15th of May, 2016.


1st Prize

  • $2500 Cash
  • $3000 in AWS Credits (shared amongst the winning team)
  • Further opportunities with BHP Billiton (TBC post-event)

2nd Prize

  • $1500 Cash
  • $2000 in AWS Credits (shared amongst 2nd Prize team)
  • Further opportunities with BHP Billiton (TBC post-event)

Young Innovator Award

  • Best team with average age under 25 yrs
  • $1000 Cash
  • $1000 in AWS Credits
  • Further opportunities with BHP Billiton (TBC post-event)

BHP Oresome Award

  • A unique prize for teams from BHP
  • Prize TBC on opening night (13 May) at event


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Graham Reynolds
Head of Design & Modifications, BHP Billiton
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Johanna Cowell
Manager, Mine Performance, BHP Billiton Iron Ore
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Mark Stickells
Director, Energy & Minerals Institute, UWA
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Edin Mustajbegovic
Head of Strategy & Planning, BHP Billiton WAIO
For more information, please visit http://portal.unearthed.solutions/competitions/unearthed-minehack-2016
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