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, out-of-the-box business concepts and a possibility to build new multi-disciplinary networks across country and 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 in Tampere, Finland. Read more about the venue.




In the 1990’s, there was a growing need in Finland to promote digital content and related business. In the year 1997 Finland was missing an all-encompassing digital content and technology conference, and there was an existing desire in Tampere to organise this kind of event. That was when Mindtrek was first kicked off. Back then, it was known by the name “Tampere Multimedia Competition”.

In 2007 the event structure and target audience were reformed in a way that made the event more internationally attractive, with main themes including Future of Technology, Digital Information and Media. In 2015 COSS – the Finnish Centre for Open Systems and Solutions accepted the challenge of becoming the organiser of the conference, and at the same time some of the conference themes became Open Source and Open Data to better represent the core business of COSS. Mindtrek 2017 will be the 21st time the conference has been arranged and taken place in the city of 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