ADELAIDE, Australia, October 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On the 16 th to the 18 th of October, 65 of Australia's biggest players from across the mining sector convened for two-and-a-half days as they attended the most disruptive event of the year - GDS International's fourth Next Generation Mining summit, held at the Stamford Grand Adelaide Hotel, in Adelaide, South Australia ( NGM AU4). Despite Australia's long reign of dominance within the mining industry, global economic downturn and increasing regulations surrounding mining practices have all impacted production within the region; it has never before been more important for executives to fully utilise investment opportunities and stay ahead of the game. As we enter the age of technology, this year's NG Mining AU summit was a celebration of all things innovative, with the implementation of two awards for exceptional performance within the sector. Shortlisted for this year's titles were: Hot Chilli Sauce, AFN, JJ Richards and Sons, Aspen Medical, Volgren and Sargent Security. Jason Stenning, Managing Director for Hot Chilli Sauce was the proud recipient of the Thought Leader of the Summit title; whilst Darren Ruger, Owner of AFN, was delighted to receive the Excellence in Innovation award. Both Jason and Darren were awarded their respective titles for coordinating cultural and transformational change within the sector and for pioneering innovative new practices. A massively successful event, the summit continued its trend of attracting the region's most renowned delegates and addressing the most pressing business challenges faced by executives in the industry today. Providing a stimulating contrast to the traditional event format, GDS International's summits encourage discussion at a truly granular level.