A major gold mining company plans to disrupt the mining sector with the launch of an accelerator challenge.
Goldcorp has announced that it will be presenting the second #DisruptMining accelerator challenge and live finale event 2018, during the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Conference (PDAC).
The challenge, which was launched in 2017, encourages innovators from around the world to collaborate together with exponential technologies from a number of sectors to “disrupt mining.”
The disruptors will have the opportunity to negotiate up to C$1 million in investment for a proof of concept at one of Goldcorp's mines or direct investment in the winning technologies.
"Goldcorp is one of the world's largest and most innovative gold mining companies. The industry has started to embrace the need for step-change innovation to stay competitive and deliver greater value but we all need to accelerate the pace of innovation to provide the raw materials that fuel our rapidly changing global economy," said Todd White, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Goldcorp and board member of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council.
"We must keep pushing boundaries, thinking differently and we believe faster progress is only possible through cross-sector collaboration. We are challenging every player in the mining industry and beyond to embrace innovation by adopting and integrating disruptive technologies into projects and operations here in Canada and around the world."
The #DisruptMining challenge encourages ideas that accelerate solutions to some of the biggest challenges in mining.
Applications can be made at www.disruptmining.com January 2, 2018 12:01am PST / 3:01am EST until January 16, 2018 at 8:59pm PST / 11:59 pm EST. Late submissions will not be accepted.
#DisruptMining Submission Categories:
1 Feed the long-term pipeline for metals
2 Enhance productivity, efficiency and automation
3 Improve safety
4 Reduce environmental footprint
5 Facilitate open and transparent markets
6 "Go rogue"