Newcrest partners with Unearthed Melbourne

Newcrest Mining has partnered with Unearthed once again for its upcoming hackathon in Melbourne from March 17-19.

Held at the coding skills school, General Assembly, the event will provide an opportunity for innovators and entrepreneurs to develop the next generation of technologies for the mining sector.

Newcrest will provide four industry challenges, with mining and tech experts available to mentor participating teams.

Participants will include students from the Monash University, RMIT, the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University.

Newcrest chief information officer, Gavin Wood said the company saw the significant potential of using its data in decision making – one of the main focuses of its digital information agenda.

He added that it was the fourth time Newcrest has collaborated with Unearthed, and that the company was able to generate better insights from the competition.

“Newcrest is committed to contributing to the development of the digital and data science community in Australia, and hopes to identify future partners through the course of these events,” Wood said.

Unearthed director, Justin Strharsky, said, “The industry absolutely needs to focus on efficiency, sustainability and competitiveness.

“The way that they are going to do that now is through adopting new technologies, so we’re excited to see the solutions that are discovered in Melbourne this year.”

New technologies are expected to create around $1 trillion of economic impact on the global resources sector over the next decade.

Previous Unearthed events have taken place around Australia, and worldwide, including South Africa and San Francisco.

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