Shield-X Challenge

28 April – 5 May 2017

International Online Hardware Hack for the Resources Industry

Participate here!

What is Shield-X?

Unearthed’s First Online Hardware Hackathon

Shield-X is a unique challenge that brings together major global miners, equipment manufacturers and innovators to drive the adoption of a solution industry-wide.

The goal of Shield-X is to design a personal safety device for use by people working near potentially dangerous autonomous equipment at a mine site. The device provides an emergency stop, allowing a user to stop nearby equipment if they feel unsafe – for example if a collision is imminent. The device must be able to communicate with any brand of equipment.

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Event Details

  • 28 April to 5 May

    Teams have a week to work on their prototypes and submit their designs and video pitch online. Industry mentors will be available throughout the week.

    Go it alone or participate as a team. If you don’t have a team you can build one on our website.

    All submission are due by the end of 5 May. Judges will announce the winners a week later on 12 May.

    In Perth? There are limited co-working spaces available at the CORE Innovation Hub. Email us for details

  • Location: Online 




The top teams will compete to win cash, glory and the chance to work with industry to assess your prototype!

1st Prize

USD $12,500

2hr Tech Workshop to assess your prototype potential

2nd Prize

USD $5,000

2hr Tech Workshop to assess your prototype potential

3rd Prize

USD $2,500

2hr Tech Workshop to assess your prototype potential

Local Innovator Award


Who Should Participate?

Engineers, developers, designers and innovators from anywhere around the world! All you need is a connection and a unique insight. Tackle the challenge on your own or build a team, the resources industry needs your ideas!

Shield-X Anchor Partners


Shield-X Community Partners

Shield-X Event Partners

Online Competitions
What are they?

Online competitions are industry sponsored challenges open to innovators from around the world. We partner with industry sponsors with a particular problem, you provide the best solution.


Cash prizes are awarded to the top entries. The 2016 Phase-X Online Challenge attracted $50,000 in prize money.


Online Competitions aim to improve the overall efficiency in the resources sector by open-sourced problem solving.

Goldfields Ore-X Challenge

The Ore-X Challenge in 2015 attracted 275 competitors from 20 countries. Participants created ore-grade prediction algorithm that could classify material in a gold mine. The algorithms produced were as accurate as geologists at classifying the data provided and were much faster. For more information, check out the Case Study or Press Release.

Gold Fields Ore-X Challenge Page