Academic Mindtrek


  • 35 accepted papers this year!
  • Proceeding are available now. Find the link below.

Academic Mindtrek is an annual conference organized since 1997. The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for academicians, researchers and professionals from the industry to put forward ideas and interpretations regarding the development of human-computer interaction, games and gamification, interactive media, journalism, theater and acting, and information society.

Sept 20th - 21st, 2017 / Tampere Hall / Tampere, Finland


Academic Mindtrek Proceedings Available Now!

Academic Mindtrek'17 Proceedings

Congratulations to All the Winners!

Important Dates:
Acceptance/Rejection notification: July 14th
Copyright forms: August 14th
Camera-ready papers: August 21st
Conference Days: September 20th - 21st

Academic Mindtrek is… 


A meeting place where researchers, experts and thinkers can present results from their latest work in the conference thematic areas.
Special academic sessions (e.g. demonstrations, workshops and multidisciplinary sessions) held parallel to the Mindtrek conference.
A real chance for media enthusiasts to think outside the box. 

Academic Mindtrek Program

Papers in Sessions

Guidelines for Presentations in Academic MindTrek

Track chairs and participants should meet in the session room 15 minutes before the sessions to make sure everything runs smoothly. If there are problems, there is still good time to fix any technical issues or contact the front desk for help.

Presentation time is 15 minutes + 5-10 minutes for discussion. We encourage the audience to ask questions and have short discussions after each paper presentation.

As a presenter please be aware of the time limits and not go overtime. Track chairs should notify the presenters when there is 5, 2 and 0 minute left on their presentation. 0 minutes means that the presentation should end immediately.

Presentation equipment and slides

Given time constraints and restrictions at the venue, the use of personal computers for presentations is not advised. In every session hall, there will be a laptop and all necessary equipment ready for the presentations. Therefore, we advise you to send us your presentation slides in advance by September 19th, 2017, preferably in PowerPoint or PDF format. You can send your slides to Remember to state your name, presentation title and the date/time of your presentation.

In case you are not able to send us your slides in advance, please bring your presentation with you to Tampere Hall on a memory stick, and go directly to Speakers’ Info Point near the Check-In counter. Please do this 15-20 minutes before your presentation at the very latest. The slides will then be uploaded onto the central computer at Tampere Hall, and the materials will be ready for you in the correct session hall. 

Only if absolutely necessary (e.g. for some demo) it is possible to connect personal computers. Please be aware that Macbook users should bring their own adapters as these are limited in the venue. Also, please take into consideration that there might be some technical issues with the frequencies, causing a flashing effect in the presentation.

Poster presentations

There will be poster stands on site. A poster highlight session will be held on Thursday 21st 14.15-13.15. No formal presentation is required, however, author(s) should be available during this time to discuss and answer questions regarding their work.



MARKKU TURUNEN, University of Tampere
Academic Mindtrek Conference Chair
Track Chair Human-Computer-Interaction

HELI VÄÄTÄJÄ, Tampere University of Technology
Programme Chair
Track Chair Crowdsourcing and Citizen Participation
Track Chair Interaction Design and User Experience Design

JANNE PAAVILAINEN, University of Tampere
Programme Chair
Track Chair Games and Gamification

THOMAS OLSSON, University of Tampere
Programme Chair
Track Chair Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality
Track Chair Interaction Design and User Experience Design
Track Chair Open Data and Data Science

ESA SIRKKUNEN, University of Tampere
Track Chair New Forms of Journalism and Media

JUSSI OKKONEN, University of Tampere
Track Chair Enhancing Work in Socio-technological Environments

MIKKO KANNINEN, University of Tampere
Track Chair Theatre, Performance and Media

MARI PIENIMÄKI, University of Tampere
Track Chair Collaboration and Multimedia Technologies in Education

FABIAN FAGERHOLM, University of Helsinki
Track Chair Developer Experience

SILVIA RUBIO HERNANDEZ, University of Tampere
ACM Proceedings Chair

Local Arrangement Chair and Conference Management

Mindtrek Conference Chair

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Supported by

COSS Association
City of Tampere
Tampere University of Technology (TUT)
Tampere University (UTA)
Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)
SIGCHI Finland


 Conference Publications

Academic Mindtrek is organized in cooperation with ACM SIGMM, and ACM SIGCHI. The conference proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library, which includes full papers, posters, workshop proposals and demonstration proposals. All papers should follow the style guidelines of the conference (more information under submission guidelines). In the Finnish classification of publication forums, Academic Mindtrek proceedings are classified as Jufo 1.

There will also be a reward for the best paper(s) of the academic conference.


All submissions will be peer-reviewed and double-blinded. Therefore, please remove any information that could give an indication of the authorship. The papers should contain 

6-10 pages, including the list of references.


Workshop proposals should be papers between 2-4 pages long. We welcome you to suggest workshops as part of the Academic Mindtrek. Workshop proposals should also include the organizing committee, a description of the theme and goals of the workshop, a short CV of organizers, duration, and the schedule. Workshop organizers can create their own 

proceedings of the accepted position papers. Depending on the attached number of papers for each workshop, we provide space for either half-day or full-day workshops. 

Previous examples include e.g. a workshop on eLearning, theatre methods for requirements elicitation, among others.


Interactive experience demonstration proposals should be either short papers (2-4 pages long) or full papers (6-10 pages) and include: a) a description and motivation of the interactive experience demonstration; b) general architecture of the interactive experience demonstration; c) description of the main features of the demonstration; d) a brief comparison with other existing related interactive experience demonstrations; e) audiovisual materials to illustrate the interactive experience demonstration (a poster or a roll-up and other material on a laptop, for example); f) the type of license (if applicable), g) the Internet address of the interactive experience demonstration (if applicable), and h) description of the scientific basis behind the interactive experience demonstration (e.g., a regular paper presentation). It is strongly recommended that the authors make a video of the interactive experience demonstration available on the Internet to accompany the article submission.


Posters proposals should be papers between 2-4 pages long and a poster should be presented during the conference. Attendees have the possibility to exhibit their posters on a A0 poster wall at the conference.


May 21st: Deadline for full papers, posters, demonstrations and workshops submissions
July 14th, 2017: Notification of acceptance/rejection.
August 14th, 2017: Copyright forms submission.
August 21st  2017: Conference registration & camera-ready papers submission.


Please use the templates provided on the style guidelines site. A template for Word documents and LaTeX guidelines can be found on

Note that since the papers will be published by the ACM digital library all authors need to signan ACM copyright form. The copyright form would be sent through an automated system only for accepted papers.