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Geeks, diggers, geos and techies flock to Val-d’Or with Integra’s online gold rush

by Greg Klein | September 30, 2015

Over 740 virtual prospectors from 65 countries have joined a search for Quebec gold, but from the comfort of their homes and offices. That was the tally by September 30, when Integra Gold TSXV:ICG announced the six Gold Rush Challenge judges who’ll assess submissions for a potential deposit on the company’s Abitibi region properties. The winner of the online exploration contest gets $500,000, while runners-up will share another half-million.

Geeks, diggers, geos and techies flock to Val-d’Or with Integra’s online gold rush

Integra acquired the Sigma/Lamaque mines and mill
adjacent to the company’s Lamaque South project last year.

Not limited to professionals, the contest grants competitors access to 25 gigabytes of data derived from a six-terabyte library representing 75 years of mining and exploration from Integra’s past-producing Sigma/Lamaque mines.

Sigma produced 4.45 million gold ounces from 1937 to 1997. Lamaque gave up another 4.58 million ounces between 1935 and 1985.

Saying he expects “a plethora of innovative and creative ideas from within and outside of the geoscientific community,” Integra president/CEO Stephen de Jong added, “We are convinced that the very best idea for the next discovery in the Sigma/Lamaque area is still in the hands of a researcher somewhere in the world.”

A “phenomenal team of world-renowned judges” consists of Neil Adshead, a geologist and investment strategist at Sprott Asset Management, Andrew Brown, western Africa chief geologist for B2Gold TSX:BTO, Benoit Dubé, senior research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada, James Franklin, a retired chief scientist with the GSC, David Rhys, consulting geologist with Panterra Geoservices and Brian Skanderberg, a geologist and president/CEO of Claude Resources TSX:CRJ.

They’ll assess 20 semi-finalists chosen by WSP Group, Integra’s geoscience partner for the contest. Five finalists will present their findings to the judges and a panel of industry veterans at what the company calls a “Shark-Tank-style” charity event at PDAC next March.

Sign up for the contest here. December 1’s the deadline for submissions.

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