Mindtrek in a Nutshell

MINDTREK is an international technology conference that is uniquely packaged to serve a large variety of people from different walks of life. The conference is a culmination of advanced future technologies, business concepts and a possibility to build new networks across industry borders. For the last 21 years Mindtrek has been a major part of the Finnish international conference scene.

In 2016, Mindtrek attracted visitors from all around the world, with 38.8 % of all participants being international attendees. The total number of people taking part in last year’s conference climbed up to almost 1,200. 

Mindtrek 2017 is organized September 20th – 21st at Tampere Hall Congress and Concert Centre. Read more about the venue.



The event was organized for the first time in 1997, known by the name “Tampere Multimedia Competition”. In year 2007 the event structure and target audience were renewed making the event a more internationally attractive conference.

The main themes were future of technology, digital information and media. Since 2015, the Finnish Centre for Open Systems and Solutions, took Mindtrek conference organization as its responsibility. At the same time the main theme changed to openness – open source and open data. Now Mindtrek 2017 will be 21st year the conference has been arranged and taken place here in Tampere.



Mindtrek is produced by a non-profit organization COSS – the Finnish Centre for Open Systems and Solutions in main co-operation with City of Tampere.

Mindtrek brings together companies, associations, public organizations and students. The conference is mainly targeted to

  • Public Sector: such as business leaders, CIOs, health-care decision makers, and other professionals
  • Tech Sector: such as developers, programmers, and other IT specialists
  • Academics: such as researchers, students, and professors


This year, Mindtrek will consist of 8 different events, or “tracks”, under one roof.
You can access all the events with the same Mindtrek Conference Pass.