Attend "Hack Mining!" - Germany's original raw materials techathon for students - this time at DMT in Essen, Germany.

Mining 4.0 - Digital technologies for autonomous and green mining! Solve exciting Industrial IoT + Engineering challenges, and awaken your entrepreneurial talent. Whether you study engineering, computing, natural sciences, business or philosophy - anyone is welcome.

The event takes place from Fri 24. - Sun 26. May 2024 - two weeks before the Mining Forum in Berlin.

We provide free lunch, dinner and drinks throughout the duration of the techathon to all attendees. We do not provide accommodation.

What to bring? Laptop + Peripherals & Machergeist. WiFi will be provided.

The techathon is presented by DMT, RWTH & VDMA.

Attendance is free!

Register your attendance at our three-day techathon using the form below. Your registration will be confirmed by us. If you have any questions prior to the techathon, please get intouch with Karsten. Registration Deadline: 22. May 2024, 23:59:59.

Registration for students





Start: Friday, 24. May 2024 @ 16:00

End: Sunday, 26. May 2024 @ 15:00

Location: DMT, Essen Campus, Am TÜV 1 - ZGE building, room 1.03 - Google Maps

Techathon Prizes

Every attendee receives an event-related T-Shirt.

Winner: 200 € per team member

The winning team will also have the opportunity to pitch their solution in a dedicated session at the Mining Forum in Berlin. We are providing free entry to the conference + an additional travel allowance of €200 per person.

Second Place: 100 € per team member
Third Place: 50 € per team member

The Challenges

Control of a functional machine model with a camera

presented by KÖPPERN

Speed, innovation, heavy engineering - incompatible? Not at all! Prove your capabilities with image analysis and fast response and save a machine from serious damage. The material flow of a roller press can, in addition to the expected particle sizes, also contain unacceptably large particles. If such particles get between the rolls of the machine, the machine can be damaged and production must be stopped. To prevent this from happening, a system must be developed that detects oversized particles and then stops the flow of material from the feeder. The challenge is to develop an algorithm that detects oversized particles quickly enough to stop the material flow in time.

Web-based visualization and analysis of geologic block models and geologic survey data

presented by CASTALYTICS

Geological survey data provide a snapshot in time of the state of a mineral deposit. Typically, these snapshots are in the form of block models that model a given volume of material over a uniform grid of material samples. Interpreting the data is critical to understanding the evolution of the deposit and making decisions about future mining operations. To this end, the visualization of the block model is important to provide an intuitive understanding for planners and operators to aid in decision making. The challenge is to develop an intuitive visualization of a block model to facilitate analysis.

A Techathon challenge for the optimal design of systems in quarries

presented by HAVER & BOECKER

In the world of mining, efficiency and sustainability are key to success. With this vision in mind, we invite you to develop an advanced tool that will revolutionize the sector. Your tool will first collect essential information about different components (e.g. pusher, bypass, crusher, etc.) of a quarry from given sources (e.g. data sheets). Based on the extracted data, your task is to propose an optimal configuration for the mentioned components. This configuration should not only be technically correct, but also fulfill certain requirements. On the one hand, the configuration must enable a given material throughput. On the other hand, economic and ecological aspects should be taken into account. We encourage you to use creative solutions and technologies (e.g. large language models, machine learning, data analysis tools, optimization algorithms).

Optical process control using an intelligent camera system


The process for solid-liquid separation in a peeler centrifuge (separation in a centrifugal field) is to be optimized using a camera system. The selected camera system has built-in intelligence that is parameterized with the help of special software. Live camera images from the process are evaluated and transferred to a Siemens SPS. This makes it possible to directly influence the control of the processing steps in order to improve product quality or throughput, for example.

Invent a new communication protocol for data transmission in mining

presented by BECKER MINING

Within mining environment, a reliable and continuous network connection cannot be guaranteed, while data needs to be transmitted between mining operations and surface control. Moreover, the infrastructure may not be set up for the transport of huge data packages. As log-keeping is essential for decisions and analysis, the correct and complete reception of data is important. While the network traffic should be as low as possible to prevent log data transmission from overloading the network infrastructure. During the logging of machinery enormous data sets can be gathered. While the machine is in continuous contact with the surface, this data can be obtained by a central server. As soon as the machine moves out of the network, the data is only stored within the machine’s internal memory.

Your Challengers

Andritz Separation GmbH

International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems, services and digital solutions for a wide range of industries and end markets. Sustainability is an integral part of the company’s business strategy and corporate culture. With its extensive portfolio of sustainable products and solutions, ANDRITZ aims to make the greatest possible contribution to a sustainable future and help its customers achieve their sustainability goals. ANDRITZ is a global market leader in all four of its business areas – Pulp & Paper, Metals, Hydro and Separation. Technological leadership and global presence are cornerstones of the group’s strategy, which is focused on long-term profitable growth. The publicly listed group has around 29,800 employees and over 280 locations in more than 40 countries.

ANDRITZ Separation is a supplier of mechanical and thermal technologies and services as well as associated automation solutions in the field of solid-liquid separation within the globally operating ANDRITZ Group. The company supplies the Chemical, Environmental, Food, Mining and Minerals industries. The customised, innovative customer solutions aim to minimise the use of resources and maximise process efficiency, thus making a significant contribution to sustainability.

We, ANDRITZ Separation GmbH, with a total of 4 locations in Germany and approximately 280 employees, are part of the Separation business area and a global supplier, developer and producer of industrial decanters, sidebar and overhead filter presses, peeler and pusher centrifuges as well as bowl, disc and dynamic crossflow filters.


Contact Person: Mr. Darge - carsten.darge(at)andritz.LÖ

Haver & Boecker OHG

H&B is a family-run company and a global technology leader. The innovative solutions are used in many industries, e.g. in the building materials, chemical and automotive industries as well as in raw material processing. 
The wire weaving mill is one of the most important manufacturers of woven wire cloth. Technical wire cloth is manufactured with the highest precision. The machine factory specializes in machines and systems for packaging and processing technology. 
The core competencies of H&B NIAGARA are individual stand-alone machines and complex systems for processing technology. We offer complete solutions that realize individual customer requirements. Together with HAVER ENGINEERING GmbH, an affiliated institute of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, we also develop basic process engineering solutions for the processing of mineral raw and residual materials.


Contact Person: Mr. Bergmann - d.bergmann(at)haverboecker.LÖ​​​​​​​

Maschinenfabrik Köppern GmbH & Co. KG

Köppern has been internationally successful as an owner-managed group of companies for 125 years and has been one of the hidden champions of German mechanical and plant engineering for decades. 
The company develops, produces and sells technologically sophisticated systems and heavy machinery in the field of mechanical process engineering for industrial processes in the fertilizer, cement, minerals and metalworking industries. From its headquarters in Hattingen, in the south-eastern Ruhr area, the company supplies customers all over the world. High technical competence, reliability and a strong customer focus have made the company successful.


Contact Person: Mr. Ortmanns - j.ortmanns(at)koeppern.LÖ

Becker Mining Europe GmbH

From Germany to the World

Becker Mining Systems is a system supplier for mining infrastructure, headquartered in Saarbrücken, Germany. With over 1,500 employees in every essential mining region, the family-owned company sells its products to the leading mining companies of the world. In addition to Germany, Becker Mining Systems is also represented by its own subsidiaries in France, Poland, Russia, China, South Africa, Australia, the United States, Canada, Mexico and Chile. Since the middle of the 1980s, Becker Mining Systems has followed a consistent internationalization and diversity strategy and has thus countered the receding mining market in its home country.
Becker Mining Systems is the only worldwide supplier of complete energy, automation, communication, transportation, and infrastructure technology for the mining industry. It is one of the technology leaders in its markets. The products can be used in all mining operations and fulfill even the highest demands for use in explosive atmospheres. Our history traces back to 1964, when Walter Becker founded the family business.

We make mining operations safer, smarter, more efficient, and more sustainable.


Contact Person: Mr. Henry - Philip.Henry(at)becker-mining.LÖ

Castalytics GmbH

Castalytics GmbH is focused on applied artificial intelligence for different industries. With the Castalyze (TM) method, internal and external data are meshed, valuable patterns and relations are identified using precise self-learning algorithms. This enables companies to gain insights on company management, open up untapped business potential and shape their business in the future. Castalytics is build on the experience of enercast in Power Forecast / Analytics and Big Data Management.


Contact Person: Mr. Kratz - b.kratz(at)castalytics.LÖ