PERUMIN Hub, the open innovation program that continues to revolutionize by providing solutions to the challenges of the mining sector, has come to an end. In its third edition, the winning projects were Keybotic, Asterra, and Uayki, and they were awarded during PERUMIN 36 in Arequipa.
In the "Innovation to be Validated" category, the Spanish company Keybotic was recognized for its autonomous gas inspection in underground mines. In the "Successful Innovations" category, the Israeli company Asterra was recognized for its satellite technology project to inspect tailings dams. Meanwhile, in the "Innovative Collaborative Models" category, the Peruvian company Uayki won the award with its "Todos Conectados (All Connected) - Education Without Borders" proposal, which aims to connect students with digitalization to enhance their student development opportunities.
The selection was made by a jury made up of Mariel Rentería, Director of Innovation at BHP; Carlos Cotera, General Manager of Antapaccay Mining Company; Enrique Ramírez, Vice President and COO of Southern Peaks Mining; Isidro Oyola, Vice President of Operations of Antamina Mining Company; Juan Luis Kruger, CEO of MINSUR; Julia Torreblanca, Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs of Cerro Verde Mining Company; and Raúl Benavides, Director of Buenaventura Mining Company.
The program attracted 100 applicants from 11 countries, and 15 projects were selected as finalists. The finalist projects were presented during a three-day event at the Mining Convention.
During the awards ceremony, the president of PERUMIN Hub, Rafael Estrada, announced that two new companies, BHP and Austmine, have joined as partners to enhance the program. They will provide tools to support the journey of four startups, including mentoring sessions, virtual exhibitions, demo days, and more. The selected companies were Keybotic, Asterra, Livanguard (with their microalgae facade design and installations), and Metacerv (with their solution for integrating mining stakeholders through the metaverse).
The PERUMIN Hub program, promoted by the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMP) and the Peruvian Mining Innovation Hub, aims to promote the development of innovative solutions that address specific challenges in the mining industry. It facilitates the consolidation of innovations through collaboration, recognizes successful innovations, and promotes their commercial takeoff.