27 May 2016: CRC ORE was a proud sponsor of a student hackathon organised by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), adjoining the 'Mining & Energy in 2025 and Beyond' symposium.
This article was published in CRC ORE News - July 2016
Bright minds tackle big issues in ore extraction at QUT student hackathon
Held at the QUT Gardens Point Theatre Foyer, the student hackathon was facilitated by experienced members of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mining, Oil and Gas Club.
Students tackled a couple of key questions relating to optimising ore extraction, including:
- Challenge 1: Innovation to reverse declining grade
- Challenge 2: Tracking coarse material streams
- Challenge 3: What to do with the produced water from coal seam gas?
Starting with an insightful briefing by CRC ORE's Chief Technologist, Steve Walters, students broke into groups where they brainstormed solutions. Under the watchful eye of roving mentors, including CRC ORE's Program Coordinator, Scott Dunham and Technical Specialist, Jon Rutter, the students structured presentations which were judged by a team of industry leaders including CRC ORE's Chairman Jon Loraine, Chief Technologist, Steve Walters and QUT’s Robert K Perrons. The winning presentations were awarded prize money, afforded by the sponsorship of CRC ORE.
Supporting the next generation of innovators is an important plank in securing a strong future for Australia's minerals sector and CRC ORE congratulated the work of event organiser Robert K. Perrons, Associate Professor of Technology Management and Strategy at the QUT's Science and Engineering Faculty and Business School, in pulling the successful event together.