Canadian Mining Journal


HACKATHON: Barrick to headline first Unearthed mining event in Toronto

TORONTO – Canadian tech start-ups, entrepreneurs and innovators will have a unique opportunity to create the next generation of technologies for the mining industry at the first Unearthed hackathon in Toronto. Taking place from March 3 to 5, 2017, Unearthed Toronto will feature multiple industry challenges from global mining companies including Barrick Gold.

“Barrick is in the early stages of a digital transformation, integrating technology and data into everything we do,” said Richard Williams, COO of Barrick. “Innovation is a critical element of this process and events like Unearthed Toronto reflect Barrick’s open and collaborative approach to finding new and better ways to mine.”

Unearthed Toronto will put innovators in front of mining experts next March.

Unearthed is a global organisation driving innovation in the resources industry, working with mining and resource companies to address industry challenges and support the development of future innovations. Since 2014, Unearthed has connected over 2,000 innovators to resource industry challenges through hackathons and online challenges.

Disruptive technologies in the form of cloud technologies, automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analysis and the internet of things are set to drastically impact the mining industry in the near future. It is through events such as hackathons where the mining and resources industry can come together with the tech innovation community to embrace this coming wave of disruption.

The hackathon will take place at Canada’s leading technology skills accelerator Bitmaker, which is now a part of General Assembly’s global community.

It will be the first time that the Unearthed hackathon has taken place in Toronto, after being held in all capital cities around Australia, Cape Town and San Francisco.

At the conclusion of the hackathon, teams will present their final solutions to a distinguished judging panel where prize money, tech credits and support will be awarded. Winning solutions will also be a major talking point at the PDAC convention, taking place the week after the Unearthed Toronto hackathon.

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