Crowdsourcing the Discovery of New Mineral Reserves

February 28, 2020 By IdeaConnection

Gawler ChallengeSouth Australia is offering a cool $250,000 (USD 166,000) to entice people to help uncover more mineral reserves.

This five-month crowdsourcing challenge kicks off on March 2 and will encourage participants to use machine-learning techniques, alternative mathematical and data analysis approaches.

They will be tasked with uncovering new exploration targets in the state's Gawler Craton region, which includes BHP's Olympic Dam and the Carrapateena copper-gold deposits belonging to OZ Minerals.

"The competition offers the chance to combine geological expertise with new mathematical, machine learning and artificial intelligence to accelerate mineral discovery in the mineral-rich Gawler Craton," said Justin Strharsky of program facilitators Unearthed.

Multi-Disciplinary Approach

The industry is hoping to tap into a broad range of disciplines to find new sites, and participants will be given access to historical data sets for the Gawler Craton region.

Geologists, data scientists and anyone else with an interest are invited to take part. Their approaches will be judged by an expert panel who will determine the winners in an array of different prize categories.

Miners are increasingly turning to big data to determine what lies beneath our feet. And this competition is similar to a crowdsourcing challenge organized by OZ Minerals last year.

For more information and to register to take part, visit the crowdsourcing challenge's official website.

Our List of Live Challenges

If you are interested in participating in other competitions, go to IdeaConnection's page dedicated to innovation contests and challenges. It is the world's biggest list of live challenges and currently has details of 67 that offer a combined prize pot of more than $82 million.

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