Shield-X Challenge

Develop an industry-wide "Safe-Stop" PPE device for autonomous systems


The goal of the Shield-X challenge is to design a personal safety device for use by people working near potentially dangerous autonomous equipment at a mine site. The device provides an emergency stop, allowing a user to stop nearby equipment if they feel unsafe - for example if a collision is imminent.

The Shield-X Online Challenge will be open for one week from the Friday the 28th of April to Friday the 5th of May.  During the event week office hours with industry mentors will be available each day and the forum will be active to answer any questions that the teams may have.  By the 5th May teams must submit a video pitch and supporting design documents online to qualify for the final judging. 

You may participate in a team or go it alone! This challenge draws on ergonomics, human factors, IoT, wireless communications, and prototyping. We encourage individuals and groups with different skills and expertise to team up. All team members must register on this site individually. Once registered you can update your profile will your skills.

Check out the Shield-X Homepage for details on mentors and judges



Need some prototyping space? If you are in Perth, book into SOLDER @ CORE. The space will be manned full time by our mechatronics expert Carl, to show you how to use the tools. Book here:

Register for the Live Launch Event in Perth @ CORE on Friday 28th April RSVP


28 Apr - 05 May




1st Prize

  • $12,500 USD
  • 2 hour Technology Workshop 

Winner: Stop-Gap

2nd Prize

  • $5000 USD
  • 2 hour Technology Workshop

3rd Prize

  • $2,500 USD
  • 2 hour Technology Workshop


Andrew Scott

Senior Director, Digital Mining, Barrick

Laura Mottola

President and CEO, Flow Partners

Michael Murphy

Chief Engineer of the Surface Mining and Technology Division, Caterpillar

Graeme Mitchell

Principal Innovation, Technology Strategy & Innovation, BHP Billiton

Jonathan Keyes

Project Manager, Sensors Technology, Barrick


Carl Hendricks

Mining Solutions Region Manager, Caterpillar Global Mining

Holly Hyder

Corporate Development and Information Systems, Geographe Enterprises

Vivien Hui

Senior Mine Engineer, Barrick

Sean Martin

Head of Engineering Services, Geographe Enterprises

Sam Hyder

CEO, Geographe Enterprises

Patrick Marshall

Senior Innovation and Operational Technology Engineer, Barrick

Mark Rantapaa

Director Vehicle Collision Systems & Operator Excellence Corporate Safety and Health, Barrick

Grant Moy

Technology Lead Technology Strategy & Innovation BHP Billiton

Jordaj Zuleta

Production Engineer Minerals America - Escondida BHP Billiton, Spanish and English Speaking

Enrique Caballero

Analysis & Improvement Engineer Minerals America - Escondida BHP Billiton, Spanish and English Speaking

James Keyes

Superintendent Mining Production Technology Strategy & Innovation BHP Billiton

Adrian Boeing

Automation Manager, Atlas Copco Australia