Object compete in the Melbourne Unearthed Hackathon

A team from our Melbourne office competed in the 2015 Melbourne Unearthed Hackathon. It was a 54-hour open innovation event focusing on the resources sector. The challenge was to put think of a design creative solutions to a number of challenges faced in the resources sector. Software developers, data scientists, designers and those with experience in the industry joined into small groups and worked on solutions with the final deliverables being prototypes and concepts, which were presented in a final pitch.

The Melbourne team included Joel Diaz, Aaron Lee and Erwin Acoba. Joel focused on the business challenge primarily and used product management/UX techniques to address the selected problem. Aaron and Erwin looked at the development side of things, working to create a prototype using the data.

The Melbourne team selected the challenge around “Developing an Open Minesite Rehabilitation Platform from Remote Sensor Data”. This challenge was selected due to our consultants experience in this area. The overall theme of the event however, was the Internet of Things.


Team Object created “Nevasa”, an end-to-end solution for facilitating mine site rehabilitation objectives. The minimum viable product was solving the need of a consultant needing to explore data to perform an analysis through a Data Visualisation platform/feature.

The Data Visualisation was built using Kabana and Elastic frameworks. The prototype utilised these existing platforms due to the time limits imposed on the project. The data visualisation utilises sensor data to drill down to the detail and help analysts make informed decisions regarding minesite rehabilitation. Other user needs including regulatory compliance, corporate social responsibility, prediction and data integrity were explored conceptually through storyboards and were outlined in the product roadmap/communicated through storyboards.

The long term goal of “Nevasa” was to primarily display information in a different way “data visualisation”, so that the analyst could visualise relationships and patterns. On a broader level our team aimed to discuss the other features in the product roadmap as a rationale for investment.

The presentation was well received by the audience and judges. After the presentation the team was approached by members of CSIRO who were working on the developing the sensor technology for mine sites and people in the broader resources industry who appreciated the balance between business and technology in our project/presentation.

Overall our consultants showed that they could design innovative solutions while maintaining a business focus.

Congratulations to the Team!

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