Next event: February 2nd, 2022 | tampere International Technology Mindtrek X Smart villages

Mindtrek in a nutshell

Mindtrek is an international technology conference organized annually in the 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. Themes of the conference vary each year and can 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 2021 the Mindtrek Conference will be split into different themed online events.


Mindtrek X Smart Villages | February 2nd, 2022


Mindtrek X Smart Villages | FEBRUARY 2nd, 2022

Mindtrek X Smart Villages


When: Wed 2nd of February, 2022 | 09:30-15:30
Where: Tampere, Finland
Time zone: EEST / GMT +2


To be announced...



Academic Mindtrek | JUNE 1st - 3rd, 2021

Thank you to all participants and see you again in 2022!

Tuesday 1st | EEST/GMT+3

09:00-11:00 WORKSHOP 1/2: Researchers’ Toolbox for the Future: Understanding and Designing Accessible and Inclusive Artificial Intelligence (AIAI)

11:00-12:00 Lunch break

12:00-14:00 WORKSHOP 2/2: Researchers’ Toolbox for the Future: Understanding and Designing Accessible and Inclusive Artificial Intelligence (AIAI)

14:00-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-16:00 SESSION 1: Accessibility and Special Interests Groups

Wednesday 2nd | EEST/GMT+3

09:00-10:45 SESSION 2: Playable, Sustainable, Inclusive: The Future of Smart Cities

10:45-11:00 Coffee break 

11:00-12:30 SESSION 3: Fictional, Speculative and Critical Futures in Human-Computer Interaction 

12:30-13:20 Lunch break

13:30-17:30 WORKSHOP: Archives in DNA: Workshop Exploring Implications of an Emerging Bio-Digital Technology through Design Fiction

Thursday 3rd | EEST/GMT+3

10:00 - 12:00 SESSION 4: Games and Gamification

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

13:00 - 14:20 SESSION 5: Extended Reality: Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Realities

14:20-15:00 Coffee break

15:00 - 16:40 SESSION 6: Understanding and Designing the Socio-Technical & Dark Side of Information Technology

16:40 End of Academic Mindtrek 2021

See the full program and papers

Mindtrek X DXtera: Impact of Open Technologies in Education | JUNE 16th, 2021

Topic | Impact of Open Technology in Education

When: Wed 16th of June, 2021 | 15:00 - 16:30
Where: Online
Time zone: EEST / GMT +3

15:00-15:10 Welcome and Introduction by Timo Väliharju, Chairman, EduCloud Alliance

15:10-15:30 KEYNOTE: Dr Anja Hagen, German Alliance for Education, Education 360° Consulting GmbH

15:30-16:10 Panel Discussion 

xAPI as a part of the national digital learning infrastructure, Kalle Huhtala - Educloud Alliance

Open technology in education, Jim Larimore, Chief Equity Officer, Riiid Labs

Importance of open data infrastructure and datasets, Jeff Merriman, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, DXtera Institute

16:10-16:30 Discussion and questions

Facilitated by Dale Allen, President and Co-Founder, DXtera Institute

16:30 Closing of the event



Mindtrek goes Openmind | SEPTEMBER 8th, 2021

Mindtrek goes Openmind | Creating Solutions with Open Source

A throwback to the year 2015 when the Finnish Centre for Open Systems and Solutions - COSS took over organizing the Mindtrek conference. COSS added openness to core program of Mindtrek and organized an Open World -track dedicated to Open Source and Open Data in the following years. This event, as it's predecessors will solely be focused on everything Open.

When: Wed 8th of September, 2021 | 12:00-14:30
Where: Online
Time zone: EEST / GMT +3


Open Source and Public Administration

Open Source Business in Europe

12:00-12:25 Developing an open source OS in a joint project between the municipalities, Meri Vainio, eVaka, City of Espoo

12:25-12:50 Impactful, Equal and Desired Public Sector Digital Services, Mikko Malmgren, DigiFinland

12:50-13:15 Current state of open source in Portugal, Gerardo Lisboa, ESOP - Associação de Empresas de Software Open Source Portuguesas

13:15-13:30 Coffee break

13:30-13:50 A New Political Reality for Open Source in Europe, Astor Nummelin Carlberg, Open Forum Europe

13:50-14:10 Stéfane Fermigier, CNLL - France’s Free Software and Open Digital Enterprise Union

14:10-14:30 Recent developments around digital sovereignty and open source in Germany, Peter Ganten, OSB Alliance