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Power of the Crowd

We want our people to be innovative and challenge the status quo. And what better way to build business capability, than tapping on the crowd and sourcing open innovation more broadly to solve complex problems?

You may have heard of the term “crowdsourcing”. It refers to a way of sourcing people who are available to help or work on a project.

Why? Because enough people with enough time and enough interest can become some really powerful solutions.

Great innovations can be unleashed when industries and people come together and collaborate. Here is the start of our journey:

Ingenious Extraction

Ingenious Extraction is our very first ‘Think and Act differently’ incubator challenge. This is a challenge focused on finding new ways to extract metals like copper, gold, silver and cobalt from our concentrates.  



Drillanthropy harnesses the power of the crowd and puts a data-science spin on how we have traditionally generated exploration targets and is a new addition to OZ Minerals’ project generation toolkit.

Data-driven exploration models are proliferating across South Australia as a direct result of the Explorer Challenge, the SA Government’s Gawler Challenge, and renewed interest in machine learning across the mining industry. Drillanthropy is our way of connecting these new ideas to the funding needed to test them.

Applications for Drillanthropy funding are currently open to any tenement holder in Australia with a copper target backed by quality data science.

Successful applications will see their target drilled and positive results are guaranteed subsequent funding through partnership with OZ Minerals to see these projects progressed.


Trace from Space - Gravity Challenge

Space and Mining come together on this challenge to visualise the entire supply chain so we can make positive improvements and changes.  

There are simple ways we already track large suppliers of goods, but we have thousands of suppliers and our suppliers would also have thousands of their own suppliers. So, we wanted to look at how to track and trace suppliers at scale.  You can manually collect the data … but it will be out of date very quickly and take a long time to analyse.

Managing large amounts of supply chain data in an automated way would provide immense advantages.  


Capture the Spark

We once again partnered with Unearthed to launch the Capture the Spark competition.

By taking submissions from potential partners, the goal of the competition is to solve the following problem: “How do we capture renewable energy in a cost effective and sustainable way for future use on site?”

This challenge invites individuals, teams and organisations, with viable solutions that can assist us in our target of 100% renewable energy usage at West Musgrave. Early-stage and novel concepts are encouraged, as are commercially ready solutions.


Explorer Challenge

We partnered with energy and resources open innovation platform, Unearthed, to launch the Explorer Challenge in 2018.

Through this unique, online crowdsourcing competition, we called for geologists and data scientists from across the globe to develop ground-breaking approaches to discover new exploration targets at a site near OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill copper-gold mine in South Australia, with a A$1 million prize pool awarded to the winning ideas.