Verdazo Analytics Data Scientist Anton Biryukov took home third prize in a machine learning competition in March of this year. “Turn up the Zinc” was a crowdsourcing challenge to augment Glencore‘s efforts to predict zinc recovery at their McArthur River mine in Australia. The participants used the Unearthed platform and consisted of 229 global innovators from 17 countries forming 61 teams and submitting 1286 model variations over one month. “The Unearthed platform provides a great opportunity to polish my data science skills, while solving applied problems in the oil and gas and mining industries,” said Anton, who worked on the problem during his spare time. While most contest submissions were team collaborations, Anton chose to tackle the problem with the help of just one junior data resource. “For my team, third prize in this competition means motivation to try harder in the next challenge, plus new doggy treats for Junior Data Analyst Lumi.” Lumi and Anton discuss strategy For more information on “Turn up the Zinc,” click here.