The Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge

A global competition with $750,000 in prizes to create innovative solutions

Application submission will open on October 2, 2019 at the Global Launch in San Jose, California.


What is artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)?

While defined differently across countries, ASM generally refers to mining operations with predominantly simplified forms of exploration, extraction, processing, and transportation.  These operations are often labor intensive, low-tech, receive limited investment, and require less expertise than medium and large-scale mining operations.  ASM operations can be formal or informal, legal or illegal.  

Have a brilliant solution for an environmentally and socially responsible ASM sector? We’ll let you know when the application launches.

The Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge


Prevent, Remediate, Restore

ASM on-site solutions. The Prevent, Remediate, Restore Sub-Challenge seeks breakthrough innovations that are implemented at ASM sites to prevent, remediate, or restore impacts from ASM on water, hydrology, land, biodiversity, human health, and/or ecosystems.


Reform Supply Chains

Solutions downstream from ASM sites. The Reform Supply Chains Sub-Challenge seeks innovations that significantly reduce the social and environmental costs of commodities sourced through ASM, downstream from the ASM sites.


The Global Data

Solutions on-site and downstream from ASM sites. The Global Data Sub-Challenge seeks solutions that measure the environmental and social impacts of ASM and equip people with tools to improve the environmental and social outcomes of ASM practices.

The Microsoft Artisanal Mining AI For Earth Award: $100,000

As part of the Grand Challenge, Microsoft’s AI for Earth initiative is awarding $100,000 for solutions that utilize or deploy artificial intelligence (AI), including machine learning, to address ASM in any of the Sub-Challenge categories.

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August 27th, 2019

World Water Week 2019 Panel & Announcement

Stockholm, Sweden
14:00–15:30 CEST / GMT + 2
Room M6
Press Release
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October 2nd, 2019

Global Launch Event

Application opens at an inspiring summit of world leaders. You’re invited to join us there!

The Tech Interactive.
San Jose, California
2:00–6:00 PM PST
Reserve a free ticket.


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