Explorathon sets geologists on gold trail
One of Australia’s biggest gold miners has turned to Silicon Valley for inspiration in its bid to find more, hosting its first “explorathon” in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this week.
Taking the idea from the growing popularity of hackathons — competitions that lock digital app designers in a room to build the best virtual technology for their businesses — Evolution Mining has engaged 30 geologists from five sites across Australia in a unique challenge.
They have been tasked with developing new exploration techniques and concepts to find fresh sources of gold at the 120,000 ounce a year Mungari operations near Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Evolution’s general manager of exploration Rex Brommecker came up with the idea.
“We took the hackathon methodology and tried to apply it to an exploration problem, which is to find more gold for Mungari,” he said. “So new technology, new ideas and new ways of looking at exploration.”
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