Unearthed Hackathon to take place in Cape Town

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Unearthed, a global innovation programme that looks to solve resources sector challenges by developing, implementing and supporting new technologies, will hold a hackathon in Cape Town from tomorrow aimed at developing solutions for the mining sector.

The Unearthed programme began two years ago in Perth, Western Australia, as an alternative route to addressing challenges faced by some of the world’s largest resources companies.

Unearthed Cape Town will take place at Workshop17 at the V&A Waterfront from tomorrow (February 5) until Sunday, February 7, with innovators and entrepreneurs from all over South Africa already signed up to take part.

The event will comprise university students from major South African universities, as well as engineers, designers, data scientists, entrepreneurs and developers from across the technology startup sector in Cape Town.

The winning team will be taken to the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba conference to present their solution on stage to hundreds of global resources companies, with cash prizes also on offer.

Mining firm Anglo American will be providing several challenges and data sets, as well as opening the event with a keynote address.

“Technology implementation costs time and money – two critical resources that the mining sector currently requires to reinvent itself. The Unearthed Hackathon is the perfect platform to fast-track innovation and short-circuit this process,” said Jeannette McGill, head of technology and innovation at Anglo American.

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