We are pleased to invite you to the 24th International Academic Mindtrek conference, 1st to 3rd June 2021. Academic Mindtrek is a multidisciplinary event and 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 technology 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.

In cooperation with ACM, ACM SIGMM, and ACM SIGCHI. Contributions will be published in the ACM digital library.

Note: Special arrangements for virtual presentations will be made for presenters unable to travel and physically attend due to the COVID-19 related travel restrictions.


1st to 3rd of June | Tampere, Finland

Submissions deadline: January 25th, 2021


♦ Full papers, demonstrations and workshops due on: January 25, 2021
♦ Posters and doctoral consortium proposals due on: April 10, 2021

Academic Mindtrek 2021 welcomes all scientific contributions that present relevant and actual studies of today that may shape the way we interact with technologies of tomorrow. Our goal is to facilitate a meaningful experience and knowledge sharing on how the technology merges into the society and what opportunities and hidden threats it brings into it.

For our general track, we welcome submissions that share methodological understanding and practices on how to design, develop, implement and evaluate interactive computing systems and services for human use. The submitted papers should be focusing on phenomena related to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI): human factors and requirements, usability and ergonomics, privacy, ethics and trustworthiness of technologies as well as the exploration of other factors involved (e.g. sociological and psychological factors). This year, apart from general track related to HCI Academic Mindtrek 2021 welcomes submissions under the following tracks:

1. Games and Gamification
2. Extended Reality: Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Realities
3. Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
4. Understanding and Designing the Socio-Technical
5. Accessibility and Special Interests Groups
6. Fictional, Speculative and Critical Futures in Human-Computer Interaction
7. Playable, Sustainable, Inclusive: The Future of Smart Cities
8. Datafication
9. Dark Side of Information Technology
10. Immersive Media and Journalism
11. Emerging Media
12. Digital Art & Performance

Open Academic Track Descriptions

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.

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, excluding 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.

Student’s 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 practice about giving a presentation on an international academic forum.

Doctoral consortium

The first edition of Doctoral Consortium at Mindtrek invites proposal from doctoral students. The Doctoral Consortium is a platform for early stage doctoral students to present, develop and share ideas. The participants will gain insights from highly acclaimed HCI researchers and feedback on their research work. This forum will also provide visibility and networking platform with fellow researchers

Submission deadlines

Deadline for full papers, posters, demonstrations, workshops and doctoral consortium submissions:
January 25th, 2021.
Notification of acceptance: March 25th, 2021.

Deadline for poster proposals and doctoral consortium submissions:
April 10, 2021.
Notification of acceptance: April 25, 2021.

Copyright forms submission:
May 1st, 2021.

Conference registration & camera-ready papers submission:
May 1st, 2021.

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 via the EasyChair system. All submissions are peer-reviewed; each paper will be reviewed by three experts in a double-blind review. The review process is managed by local track chairs and their international co-chairs and overseen by the conference chair and academic program chair.


MARKKU TURUNEN, Tampere University
Academic Mindtrek Conference Chair

JUHO HAMARI, Tampere University
Programme Chair

MILA BUJIĆ, Tampere University
Technical Chair

ACM Proceedings Chair

Doctoral Consortium Practical Arrangement Chairs

Student Activities Practical Arrangement Chairs

Local Arrangement Chair and Conference Management

Mindtrek Conference Chair

Contact and stay informed

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Supported by:

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