Side events

Labrathon - Science and Research Lab Tour


Welcome to attend a guided tour of the local research laboratories based in a number of different locations around the city, e.g. University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology, VTT, Tampere University of Applied Sciences and local companies’ research facilities. The tour will run over the course of a few hours on Thursday 11.10.

Tour is targeted for leaders and key figures of the manufacturing industry and it’s free of charge.

Initial theme for the tour is AR/VR and robotics.

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360 Friday - An Afternoon of Immersive and Interactive Media

360 FirdayWe warmly welcome you to first ever 360 Friday, held at University of Tampere on Friday October 12th from 13:15 onwards. The event is targeted for all more or less important people who are interested in omni-directional videos, VR/XR, interactive & immersive media and new storytelling methods. The event is free of charge, but registration is required.

The program includes talks and open demonstrations about the use of 360-degree videos and immersive & interactive media in e.g. vlogging, museum installations and in both fiction and non-fiction movies. We are demonstrating more than ten unique productions that include e.g.

– Eternal Youth (suom. Ikuinen nuoruus): A 360-degree meditation experience in remote landscape by University of Tampere and Helsingin Sanomat (public premiere)

– Locked Up: A unique 360-degree thriller by Tampere University of Applied Sciences and YLE (public premiere)

– Captain Karl: A 360-degree document by Rakka Creative

– Virtual Sauna Experience by Tampere University of Applied Sciences and Embassy of Finland in Tokyo

Language will be adjusted according to participants’ needs (Finnish/English).


Name 360 Friday
Time Friday 12.10.2018, 13:15-16:15
Venue SimSpace at University of Tampere (room B2032 at PinniB -building), Kanslerinrinne 1, Tampere

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India's Smart Cities Mission: Opportunities for Collaboration

14:45-17:15 Thursday, 11th October

​In 2016, the Government of India launched the Smart Cities Mission – an urban renewal and program to transform 100 cities across the country into Smart Cities. In order to provide insights into the immense business opportunities in this sector, the Embassy of India is organizing a seminar on ”India’s Smart Cities Mission: Opportunities for Collaboration” 11 October 2018 in Tampere.

Three Finnish companies and two Indian companies will present their current operations in the Smart City sector in India, and participate in a panel discussion, which will highlight the experience of implementing Smart City projects in India, collaboration with other technology and service providers, localisation, and advise for startups and SME’s interested in exploring the Smart City opportunities in India.

Note: This event is free and does not require a Mindtrek pass

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14:45-15:15 Networking and Coffee

15:15-15:20 Opening Remarks by Moderator
Mr. Venkata Gandikota, Founder and President, The Nordic Frugal Innovation Society

15:20-15:30 Tech Mahindra, India: Leveraging Digital Technologies to Enable Smart, Safe and Sustainable Cities and Active Citizen Participation
Mr. Ola Hammarlund, Head of Engineering Business for the Nordics, Tech Mahindra

15:30-15:40 Ramboll Oy’s Smart City Projects in India: Infrastructure, Structural Engineering Services and Smart Mobility Projects
Mr. Seppo Pakarinen, Project Manager, Smart Mobility, Ramboll

15:40-15:50 Larsen & Toubro Infotech, India: System Integrator and Master Service Provider for Smart City Projects in India
Mr. Ashwarya Agnihotri, Manager, Strategic Sales, Larsen and Toubro Infotech

15:50-16:00 Mirasys Oy’s Smart City Operations in India: Video Management Systems for Cities and Other Stakeholders in India
Mr. Jouni Räihä, Vice President, Product Management, Mirasys

16:00-16:10 Avanto Ventures Oy: Searching for Ruotes to Revenues in Electric Mobility Transformation in India
Ms. Ulla Koivukoski, Head of Avanto Ventures India

16:10-17:00 Panel Discussion

17:00-17:15 Q&A