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 sessions 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.

Academic Mindtrek

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 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.


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 2021 will be the 24th time the conference has been arranged and taken place in the city of Tampere.

Who is Mindtrek 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