We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Gerdau Digital Scrap Challenge!


This challenge sought ideas for how to automate the inspection of scrap materials in a way that is quick, accurate, and objective.

We are absolutely thrilled with the overwhelming response and quality of submissions. Ideas ranged from improving mechanically our existing process to the most disruptive technologies. We are also very happy with the variety of backgrounds of the teams that came from all over the world.


And the winners are...

Tied for 1st Place, received $20,000 each:


Team Steel Scraping: Jhonny Mosquera, Ayrton Gomes, and Anilson Gomes

Inspector: Artificial intelligence scraping steel

Cape Verde




Team UFRGS/GIMSCOP: Jônathan W. V. Dambros, Jorge Otávio Trierweiler and Marcelo Farenzena

Scrap inspection based on image recognition.



3rd Place, received $5,000:


Individual: genesogenesis

Smems for smart scrap material evoluation



Thank you to everyone who submitted and followed the challenge, we could not have done it without you. We would also like to send a special thank you to our expert reviewers whose feedback was invaluable in selecting the winners of the challenge.