Deepening the collaboration with Smart Tampere created Smart City Mindtrek 2020!

The Smart City Mindtrek 2020 International Technology Conference and Business Expo in January 2020 will be produced jointly by COSS association and Smart Tampere.

Smart city has been an important theme in the international technology conference Mindtrek for the past several years. The smart city theme has become an increasingly broad concept that touches upon various fields of technology. After years of continued collaboration it was the rational next step to deepen that collaboration and join forces to further develop the event towards a common goal. The Centre for Open Systems and Solutions – COSS has a long history in producing the event with the main theme focusing on future technologies in Smart City, eHealth, Edtech, VR/AR/MR, Media and the core of COSS, using open technologies.

  • “With this collaboration we can offer a wider scale of themes for the visitors and diverse networks”, states Timo Väliharju Executive Director, COSS association.
  • “An important goal of the event is to strengthen collaboration between businesses, universities, research institutes and cities, enabling the emergence of new internationally scalable smart city solutions, newest technologies and business models”, concludes Teppo Rantanen, Executive Director, City of Tampere, growth, innovation and competitiveness.

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Mindtrek in a nutshell

Mindtrek is an international technology conference organized annually in the beautiful city of Tampere, Finland that offers a horizontal view into the field of future technology. It’s all about networking and exchanging ideas with people who come from different backgrounds and who have different areas of expertise. Mindtrek consists of several different sessions that cover topics such as open source, open data, smart city, immersive tech, eHealth, IoT, AI and more.

At Mindtrek you are able to follow along one event that hits your field spot on or mix and match different sessions from different events based on your personal points of interest. The main idea of Mindtrek is to bring about a collision between all fields of technology and enable people and businesses to learn, meet and connect.


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 organize this kind of an 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 organizer 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 2020 will be the 23rd time the conference has been arranged and taken place in the city of Tampere.

The Values of Mindtrek

Who is the event targeted for?

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

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


Mindtrek is produced by a non-profit organization COSS – the Finnish Centre for Open Systems and Solutions in collaboration with Smart Tampere program and the city of Tampere.