Industrial Track

Call for Industrial presentations

Sanni Siltanen – Senior Expert in Innovation Engineering at KONE
Emma Varjo – UX Lead and Co-Founder at Roleverse

Deadline for submissions: 15th of October
Notification of acceptance/rejections: 25th of October

Although synergy between academia and industry is considered very important by many institutions such as funding agencies, investors, and government, these two sectors usually have different approaches to the way they work and produce results. While academics need to think deeply and investigate matters of interest with an unwavering commitment to scientific rigor, the industry needs to tackle many other factors such as commercial value, profitability, and long-term business sustainability with often highly dynamic, practical, and fast-paced solutions.

The Industrial Track at the Academic Mindtrek Conference was created as a common ground to connect industrial practitioners and academics in Finland and abroad to promote industry-academy collaboration. The Academic Mindtrek is an international conference in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, organized annually in the city of Tampere. This year it will be held in Tampere Arena (at the Paidia Living Lab of Play) between the 16th to 18th of November.

Our aim is to create an environment where experts from both fields are able to freely exchange their latest work, inspire each other and participate in high-quality discussions on emerging topics. The track activities will be organized in the format of Short Presentations and Panel Discussions.

As the goal is to bring people together and facilitate discussion and knowledge exchange among academics and industrial practitioners, we welcome industrial submissions regarding innovative out-of-the-box approaches, new challenges and issues, and the latest developments in your field of practice. Mindtrek offers a horizontal view into the field of future technology, and your perspectives are likely to spark interesting discussions and deep exchanges.

This year, we cover the following topics:

– XR in industry
– Games and Gamification
– Industry-Academy Collaboration

What we hope from you

A 15-minute presentation on a project you have worked on. The topic does not need to be groundbreaking; it just needs to focus on an issue that is meaningful to you/your company and the description of how you addressed and solved it. And if you haven’t solved it yet, Mindtrek Academic can be the perfect place to discuss it from various perspectives and look for a solution together with top academic and industrial experts. Due to the collegial nature of the event, we strongly encourage you to join the conference on-site. However, we can accommodate remote presentations as well (live or via recorded video) in case you would not make it. There is as well a possibility to extend your participation towards the member of the panel discussion on the topics mentioned above – but this concerns only the participants, who attend the conference physically.

Submission Guidelines

In case you wish to participate, please make a submission proposal to the conference system. The proposal should include the following:

– Title of the presentation and abstract (Introduction to the topic & reasoning behind it, 50-100 words)
– Company and presenter’s name and role
– Keywords related to your presentation
– A PDF file with the preliminary structure of the presentation in the form of bullet points (context, problem description, problem-solving, insights, and lesson learned)
– If you wish to add a demonstration to your presentation – please state it in the PDF submission, and we will agree on the details.

Submit your work

What we offer

We offer a platform to present your work and engage in deep and engaging discussions among academic and industrial practitioners. We also offer full access to the academic program, where you would have a chance to listen to the latest research on a variety of relevant topics.

For more info, please check out the website:

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We are eager to see your submissions!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Organizing Chair by the following email: