Austmine is now the leading mining innovation conference in the world, according to Chief Executive Officer, Christine Gibbs Stewart. With the theme, ‘Mining Innovation: The Next Horizon,’ preparations for this year’s conference are now in full swing with the must-attend event just a few short months away.

Those wishing to attend the conference, which will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 21–23, are encouraged to register now to take advantage of the early bird rate currently on offer and avoid disappointment.    

“Nobody is as sharply focused on innovation as we are,” Ms Gibbs Stewart said.

Austmine 2019 is all about the merging of future trends in the mining industry related to innovation.  We’re going to be hearing about some very exciting projects and we’re going to be hearing from key innovation thought leaders of the industry, from around the world, as well as from Australia.”

Designed specifically for mining companies; the mining sector; and the mining equipment, technology and services sectors, the conference will bring together industry leaders, market innovators, academics and senior government officials at workshops, presentations, case studies, networking opportunities and more.

The level of engagement and interaction possible is what sets our conference apart,” Ms Gibbs Stewart said.   

“With all the challenges facing the mining industry right now, and the digital disruption that we are facing, there are a lot of questions out there about how we leverage the technology, what’s next and how we manage the skills.

Austmine 2019 will address those issues by starting the conversations and setting the agenda for ongoing discussions beyond our sessions and into the everyday.”

The three-day program will open with workshops on 21 May, with the conference then running in parallel with the exhibition from 22–23 May. The networking highlight of the event will be the 6th Austmine Industry Leaders Dinner and Awards, which will take place on the evening of May 22.

Austmine 2019 has a great lineup of international speakers, who will be focusing on mining innovation.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mike Wundenberg (VP Operational Technology and Innovation, Newmont)
  • Marco Orellana (CIO, Codelco)
  • Rob Labbé (Director of Information Security, Teck Resources)
  • Barry Fitzgerald (CEO, Roy Hill Holdings)
  • Rafael Estrada (CIO and Manager of Information Systems, Telecommunications and Process Control, Antamina Mining)
  • Ivan Mallany (Senior VP Technical Services, Goldcorp)
  • John Welborn (Managing Director and CEO, Resolute Mining Limited)
  • Frans Knox (Head of Production, BMA Coal, BHP)

“We are thrilled to have so many of the world’s premiere thought leaders around innovation confirmed to attend. The presence of so many international speakers is an indication of the interest they have in what’s happening in Australia and that they consider Australia instrumental in leading the way when it comes to new innovations and technologies,” Ms Gibbs Stewart said.

Austmine 2019 will focus on a number of relevant areas, such as the next generation of intelligent equipment — like autonomous vehicles, sensors, drilling and AI — and how to empower creative thinking in the workplace. The use of analytics and data-driven efficiencies will also be discussed, particularly in regards to connectivity and integration opportunities through digital streamlining.

Finally, the conference will focus on how new technologies will shape the sustainability of the industry moving forward.

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