Academic Mindtrek 2020

We are pleased to invite you to the 23rd International Academic Mindtrek conference, 29th to 30th January 2020. Academic Mindtrek is a meeting place where researchers, experts, students, and thinkers present results from their latest work regarding the development of novel technology, media, and digital culture for the society of tomorrow.

Academic Mindtrek is part of the renowned Mindtrek business conference. Mindtrek brings together people not only from various fields and domains but also from different sectors: from companies, startups, academia and various governmental institutions. This makes Mindtrek the perfect opportunity for advancing research results towards practical utilization by the industry, as well as getting out-of-the-box research ideas based on the interaction with practitioners.

Mindtrek events are accessible for the Academic Mindtrek attendees, and vice versa.

Thank you for the submissions!

Notification of acceptance/rejection:
December 8th, 2019

Copyright forms submission:
January 1st, 2020.

The academic conference features the following major themes:

  • Human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • Transhumanism: future of human-machine interaction, novel forms of hci and modalities, physiological computing, affective computing
  • Extended reality: Virtual, augmented and mixed reality
  • Games research: Games, gamification, esports
  • Online media: YouTube culture, streaming
  • Business models of the digital age: Freemium, Free-to-play
  • Online work and participation: Crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, sharing economy, playbour, gig economy and e-participation
  • Data and algorithms: Open data, data mining, and machine learning
  • Information creation and propagation: Online journalism, ‘wikinomics’

We are especially enthusiastic about applied research and papers related to practical work.

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.

Call for papers deadline 31st of October 2019

Full paper proposals

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

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.

Demonstration proposals

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.

Poster presentations

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.

New: Students’ Posters

This year, students are encouraged to submit poster proposals about, e.g., their practical course assignment work or thesis work. The proposals should be prepared on the same way as the ordinary poster proposals, i.e. a paper between 2-4 pages. The papers need to describe the topic and focus on the work, some references, the methodology, findings and a short discussion/conclusion/lessons learned. One author of the accepted poster has a possibility to present the poster and a possible demo at the conference by enrolling as a student volunteer. This is a great opportunity to show others your great work done on your courses, and get some practise about giving a presentation on an international academic forum.

Submission deadlines

Deadline for full papers, posters, demonstrations and workshops submissions: October 31st, 2019.  EXTENDED November 11th, 2019

Notification of acceptance/rejection: December 8th, 2019.

Copyright forms submission: January 1st, 2020.

Conference registration & camera-ready papers submission: January 8th, 2020.

Submission guidelines

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 sign
an ACM copyright form. The copyright form would be sent through an automated system only for accepted papers.

Reviewing process

The Academic Mindtrek conference has a rigorous peer review process. All submissions are peer-reviewed. Each paper will be reviewed by three experts. Submissions are anonymous (double blind review). The review process is managed by the conference chair, the program chair and six other program committee members (track chairs). There are more than 100 international experts who participate in the review process. The EasyChair system is used in the review process.

Main organizers

MARKKU TURUNEN, Tampere University
Academic Mindtrek Conference Chair

JUHO HAMARI, Tampere University
Programme Chair

LOBNA HASSAN, Tampere University
Games and Gamification Track Chair

KATI ALHA, Tampere University
Games and Gamification Track Chair

OGUZ BURUK, Tampere University
Human-Computer Interaction Track Chair

MIKKO SALMINEN, Tampere University
Human-Computer Interaction Track Chair

NANNAN XI, Tampere University
Online Economics Track Chair

JOSEPH MACEY, Tampere University
Online Economics Track Chair

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 (TAU), Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) and SIGCHI Finland