Newton Labs was founded in 2014 following a win at Australia's first open-innovation event for mining and resources (Unearthed’s Perth Hackathon). At the hackathon the ability to use connected sensors and data analytics to detect oversize material in the back of haul trucks was successfully demonstrated. 

After the win and further research Newton Labs joined Unearthed’s Accelerator Program which gave the founders access to mentors, seed funding, business and legal advice.  In 2015 Newton Labs rock detection system went on to win the WA Innovator of the Year for emerging innovation.  Being based at Core Resources Innovation Hub in Perth provides access to timely and relevant advice.