MINED Innovation Challenge Seeks Bright Minds

Posted on Friday January 20, 2017

The Ontario Mining Association launched the MINED Open Innovation Challenge on Friday, January 20, 2017. Aimed at solving an industry challenge drawn from OMA member companies' real life mining operation scenarios, the competition is open to students (individuals or teams) enrolled in undergraduate degree programs at one of the following universities: University of Toronto (Lassonde Institute of Mining), Queen's University (Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining) and Laurentian University (Bharti School of Engineering).

"With this initiative, we want to reach out to forward-thinking Ontario university students in mining-related programs," said OMA President, Chris Hodgson. "We are hoping that these up-and-coming researchers and innovators will provide our industry with creative solutions today, and potentially transform the way we mine in the future."

Participants are asked to submit proposal(s) to a MINED Expert Panel that formulated the case study to be solved. The panel will select three finalists (one from each participating university). The finalists will have an opportunity to pitch their idea to a group of top mining executives in front of a live audience at a "dragons' den-style" MINED Grand Final, held June 14, 2017 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The winners of the competition will receive industry recognition, invaluable exposure, and substantial cash prizes - with the top winner getting $15,000 or more.

OMA is running this competition as part of its innovation agenda, aimed at driving enhanced performance in health and safety (mining with zero harm); environmental protection and energy efficiency (mining with zero carbon and zero waste); and productivity (building global competitiveness).