The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2014-12-16T06:01:41Z acQuire Technology Solutions Joins Unearthed Community 2014-12-16T06:01:41Z acquire-technology-solutions-joins-unearthed-community Unearthed is excited to announce support from acQuire Technology Solutions, providers of geoscientific information management solutions to the resources industry. “We’re very happy to have acQuire on board. As leaders in geoscience information management, they understand the need to continually innovate and drive efficiency in the mining sector, and we hope the Unearthed community can be of assistance,” says Zane Prickett, Director of RIIT Unearthed. “acQuire believe building a culture of open innovation in the mining sector will accelerate solutions to drive efficiency and productivity. Unearthed is a focal point of this activity and we support the development of the community,” says Steve Mundell, Director of Research at acQuire Technology Solutions. “We are excited about participating in the Unearthed event. Rising to the challenge of producing high-quality prototypes and contributing to the development of new solutions is going to be a lot of fun. We’re really looking forward to the collaboration opportunities that come with Unearthed,” Steve Mundell continues. Unearthed is building a sustainable startup technology innovation ecosystem focused on the Australian resources sector bridging the gap from great idea to implementation. In 2015 Unearthed will host 4 events around Australia that will bring together top software developers, designers, and data scientists with mentors from industry. The events focus on quickly prototyping potential solutions to high-value resources sector problems with prizes to the top prototypes. The winning teams from these events may be offered one of only 10 places in the Unearthed accelerator. The accelerator is an intense 6-month long program that will help form new startup companies and connect them to industry mentors and customers on their journey from prototype to product. Participating companies will each receive $70,000 in seed investment to help them bring innovative new products to the resources sector. For more information, please contact: Steve Mundell Director Research acQuire Technology Solutions Pty Ltd  Telephone: 08 9316 6600 acquire.com.au   Zane Prickett Director RIIT Unearthed E-Mail: info@riit.com.au www.riit.com.au www.unearthed.solutions NATIONAL INNOVATION PROGRAM FOR RESOURCES SECTOR ANNOUNCED TODAY 2014-12-09T08:46:48Z national-innovation-program-for-resources-sector-announced-today PERTH - The creation of an innovation ecosystem in Australia is crucial to the future productivity and profitability of the country’s resources sector.   This is a key objective of ‘Unearthed’, a national program combining ‘hackathon’ events and a technology accelerator.  Details of the 2015 program were announced today by organizers Resource Innovation through Information Technology (RIIT) and on http://unearthed.solutions/   Four ‘Unearthed’ events around Australia will bring together top software developers, designers, and data scientists with mentors from industry. The events focus on quickly prototyping potential solutions to high-value resources sector problems.   According to RIIT representative Justin Strharsky, “The event format lowers the barriers to experimentation and expedites the development of proof-of-concept solutions. Essentially we’re crowd-sourcing multiple potential solutions to industry challenges.”   The winning teams from these events may be offered one of only 10 places in the Unearthed accelerator. The accelerator is a focussed 6-month long program that will help form new startup companies and connect them to industry mentors and customers. Participating companies will each receive $70,000 in seed investment to help them bring innovative new products to the resources sector.   The first startup to be accepted into the accelerator is Perth company Newton Labs. The team from Newton Labs took gold prize at the Unearthed event held in May. Their unique monitoring system helps detect oversized boulders in hard rock mining operations which currently cost the industry more than $100 million in down time each year.   Simon Vincent, Commercial Director of Newton Labs says, “We’ve been on an incredible journey since winning the event in May and we’re very excited to participate in the Unearthed accelerator.”   The technology startups coming out of the Unearthed ecosystem will create jobs, Australian export income, and industry productivity gains.   “Australian mining has experienced a steady decline in productivity over the past decade,” says Strharsky. “Most stakeholders believe part of the solution lies in innovation and the ability of the mining industry to more quickly adopt new technologies.”   Iluka Resources, present at the launch event today, is a key sponsor and data provider. Alison Morley, Manager - Project Generation & Geological Services at Iluka explains what she hopes see from Unearthed:   “The first reason that I find Iluka’s participation in the hackathon compelling is because it will expose my geology team to people they normally wouldn’t meet. They will interact with mathematicians, software designers, engineers and be given the chance to collaborate with them.  It will probably take them out of their comfort zone a little.  The second idea related to Open Innovation that I find compelling is the chance we have to allow fresh eyes to look at some of our problems.  …We look forward to our interaction with the Unearthed teams and seeing where this collaboration will take us and our business.”   In 2014, Unearthed received support from Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Gold Fields, The Australian Government Department of Industry, Landgate, Amazon Web Services, and others.  New supporters in 2015 include Iluka Resources, Austmine, acQuire Technology Solutions, and Spacecubed.   The potential of the Unearthed program to accelerate innovation in the resources sector has earned it the support of the peak industry bodyfor the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector, Austmine. According to Austmine CEO Christine Gibbs Stewart,   “Austmine is very pleased to support Unearthed.  It is this kind of fast innovation and collaborative energy which is needed to really crack the challenges which global miners face.  It is a very exciting program from both the point of view of accelerating innovation into mining supply chains, and as an important catalyst in helping high-tech, highly innovative start-ups to grow.” Department of Industry Supports Mining Ideation Event 2013-12-11T07:30:25Z department-of-industry-supports-mining-ideation-event RIIT will bring the first resources industry focussed ideation event to Perth in 2014 with the support of the Australian Government Department of Industry.On receiving word of the Department of Industry sponsorship, RIIT Director Justin Strharsky said, "We're thrilled and grateful to have the Department of Industry's support for our collaborative approach to quickly prototyping solutions to industry problems."What is an Ideation Event? Sometimes known as “Hackathons”, ideation events are:•54 hour long, high-energy events•Software developers, designers, and industry insiders come together to brainstorm, form teams, and build solutions.•The quickest and least risky way to prototype solutions to your industry problems!Events such as these are growing in popularity as a means for organisations to solve problems or quickly develop new ideas for new technology-based products and services. They bring together software devolopers, business specialists, and subject matter experts for an intense event, usually run over a weekend. The RIIT event is expected to lower the barriers to experimentation and innovation, and expedite the development of proof-of-concept solutions to mining sector problems.About RIITRIIT is an Australian not-for-profit company dedicated to creating a sustainable technology innovation ecosystem focussed on the strengths and opportunities in the local resources sector.For more information, visit RIIT at www.riit.com.au.