Calling all data scientists and geologists wherever you may be.
The Government of South Australia is hosting the Gawler Challenge, a $250,000 crowdsourced open data competition to fast-track the discovery of mineral deposits in the state.
"This state-of-the-art competition has the potential to unearth the next Olympic Dam or Carrapateena by encouraging global thinkers and innovators to interrogate our open-file data and generate new exploration models and ideas for targeting," said South Australia Minister for Energy and Mining Minister van Holst Pellekaan.
Participants will be given access to the Geological Survey of South Australia's historical records, primary data and research, and combine their expertise with mathematical, machine learning and artificial intelligence to find new sites in the state's Gawler Craton region. This vast expanse covers 440,000 square kilometers.
Deposits are becoming more difficult to find hence the move to engage the crowd. Earlier this year OZ Minerals hosted an online crowdsourcing contest to find new exploration targets at the Mount Woods tenements of the Prominent Hill copper-gold mine, in South Australia.
The Gawler Challenge is due to launch in early March 2020. For more information and to register to participate in the epic global open innovation event, click here.
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