Hackathon focuses on solving Sask. mining problems

Solve real-world problems in a 24-hour hackathon for undergraduate and graduate students

SIMSA 24-HR Mining Hackathon


Undergraduate and graduate students from USask Engineering are invited to participate in a 24-hour hackathon that begins January 19 in the College of Engineering Hardy Lab.

Problems will be selected from the 2024 Identified Technology Needs developed by Saskatchewan’s mining industry and cover a full range of the disciplines.

Students can compete in two different levels:

  1. Idea (for high school, first-year and second-year engineering students): Students will work together to think about the craziest ideas for solving a problem, no demonstration or proof of concept required.
  2. Conceptual Design (for third-year, fourth-year and graduate students): Students will work on the conceptual design of a possible solution to a mining problem, considering technical feasibility based on their experience, research or design work, and potential economic consideration (support will be provided in the hackathon). 

Food will be provided throughout the event and student admission is free. Prizes awarded to the best ideas.

The hackathon is sponsored by the Saskatchewan Industrial & Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA) and is presented in partnership with USask Engineering’s Tech Innovation Certificate program and the SIGMA summer entrepreneurship program.  


  • 12 noon: Doors open
  • 12-2 pm: Industry networking
  • 2 pm: Hackathon begins
  • 2 pm: Hackathon ends
  • 4-6 pm: Prize presentations


Hardy Lab, College of Engineering


Register here on the SIMSA website.

Scroll down to Registration Options and select Student Hackathon Participant


Tate Cao, Assistant Professor, USask Engineering