Vale to accept applications for MINE Program to build the mining of the future through open innovation

2/8/2021

Vale to accept applications for MINE Program to build the mining of the future through open innovation

 

Vale will offer a program in collaboration with the MIT Professional Education, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, SENAI CIMATEC and startup accelerator The Bakery. The MINE (Mining Innovation for a New Environment) is offering 30 professionals the opportunity to help develop and build the future of mining - safer, more sustainable, and more efficient - through open innovation. Applications for the MINE Program 2.0 edition will be accepted beginning February 5, 2021.

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The MINE Program seeks to solve Vale's strategic problems, develop people and generate a positive impact on society. For nine months, between April and December, participants will develop solutions to solve ten current challenges of the company in the areas of decarbonization, circular economy, and health and safety.

MINE Program was designed to make us rethink the way we work, combining talent, technology and knowledge to solve the biggest mining challenges,

Alexandre Salomão, manager of PowerShift, a decarbonization program at Vale

These topics were chosen because of their importance to Vale's strategy of being recognized as a reference in safety, a leader in low-carbon mining and also a company that creates and shares value. Fostering development in these fields has the potential to generate a positive impact for society, as they are relevant for everyone and not just for the company.

“Our goal is to invite the external public to contribute to overcoming global obstacles, forming agents of change capable of helping us to build the mining of the future”, explains Marcos Calderon, from Vale's Open Innovation team.

Vale is responsible for selecting the challenges, mentoring and technical monitoring of the proposed solutions, opening its operations to collaboration from external participants and financing scholarships. Faculty and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed and developed the program content; SENAI CIMATEC will support and tutor the participants, while the Bakery will be responsible for accelerating the challenges.

 

“We are working at MINE with some of the most innovative institutions in the market, as part of our goal to become a more agile, digital and collaborative company”, says Gustavo Roque, manager of Ferrous Innovation Management.

To apply to the program it is necessary to have an agile and entrepreneurial mindset, technical knowledge in the area of the challenge, be fluent in English and have a college degree in any subject. The program is looking for innovative people who know how to work collaboratively to solve problems based on new ideas and approaches. The participants must not have any employment commitments, since they will be receiving scholarships in order to be dedicated exclusively to the program.

The first edition of the MINE Program was held between November 2019 and June 2020. Ten challenges were solved in the areas of digital transformation and decarbonization. Solutions that prove to be viable in the 2.0 edition may be implemented in Vale's operation.

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Vale to accept applications for MINE Program to build the mining of the future through open innovation