Academic Mindtrek


  • 35 accepted papers this year!
  • Academic registration is open
  • Data-Driven Gamification Design Workshop - CfP Deadline August 20, 2017

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


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.

Keynote speakers announced later.


Academic Presenter tickets are for those whose papers will get published and are presenting them at the conference. Tickets include breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee and the Academic Dinner on the second conference day. Anyone can attend the Academic sessions as visitors; in this case you can just buy the normal Conference Pass. 

If you are not an accepted Academic Presenter at Mindtrek 2017 then buy your ticket here!

Academic Presenter Tickets

2-Day Academic Presenter

430€ + VAT 24 % (533,20€ incl. VAT)

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and Cake
  • Academic Dinner
  • Access to Official Mindtrek After-Party
  • Access to Recruitment Event - powered by ONNIVATORS
2-Day Academic Presenter - Student

330€ + VAT 24 % (409,20€ incl. VAT)

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and Cake
  • Academic Dinner
  • Access to Official Mindtrek After-Party
  • Access to Recruitment Event - powered by ONNIVATORS


Academic Mindtrek Conference Chair
Markku Turunen, University of Tampere

Program Chairs
Heli Väätäjä, Tampere University of Technology
Janne Paavilainen, University of Tampere
Thomas Olsson, SIGCHI Finland and Tampere University of Technology

Silvia Rubio Hernandez, University of Tampere

Local Arrangement Chair and Conference Management
Jenna Tuominen, COSS

Mindtrek Conference Chair
Timo Väliharju, COSS

Local organizers
Ossi Nykänen, Tampere University of Technology
Riku Roihankorpi, University of Tampere
Pekka Kallioniemi, SIGCHI Finland and University of Tampere
Anssi Männistö, University of Tampere
Sirkku Kotilainen, University of Tampere
Marleena Huuhka, University of Tampere
Jussi Okkonen, University of Tampere

For more info, contact

Technical Program Committee
To be announced later.

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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.