For the second year in a row, Smart City will be one of the main focuses at the international technology conference Mindtrek held every year in Tampere, Finland. Smart city development is not only a hot topic in Tampere where Smart Tampere program by the city of Tampere was launched last year, but all over the world with city after another declaring themselves smart.

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Mindtrek technology conference presents the Immersive Tech Event providing you with insider information about today’s big topics and future breakouts of VR, AR and MR in fields of neurology, forestry, video games and rehabilitation, to name a few. During the event, several teams take part in hackathon to tackle a surprise task with Nokia OZO.

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The possibilities of open data and open interfaces for a new type of business and company culture will be unwrapped once again at the Open World Event of the Mindtrek conference on September 20th - 21st, 2017 in Tampere, Finland. Mindtrek introduces new technologies, and also for example Siemens’ journey towards a more open business culture.

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Ten cities using the most innovative ideas to improve quality of life and to involve citizens in community life have reached the final stage of the European Capital of Innovation Award 2017. The City of Tampere has made it to this final stage. The other finalists are Aarhus, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Nice, Paris, Tallinn, Tel Aviv and Toulouse. 32 cities applied to the competition. The winners will be announced on 7 November.

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A Tampere based technology company FORCIOT has been selected among 15 finalists in Mobile World Congress event's 4YFN Americas Awards pitching competition. All finalists are pitching to be crowned Silicon Valley’s No.1 startup during the event. FORCIOT is the only Finnish nominee in the competition and the only European in its own category.

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New American company Novasano located in Finland in order to access top quality cyber security expertise and an innovative R&D environment with the support of Invest in Finland. Novasano is currently hiring IT professionals in Tampere and Oulu. Novasano operates across the IT and health sectors, turning the challenges of the Internet of Things into opportunities.

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Tampere-based Traplight has raised $2.7 million to create games for the Minecraft generation. Traplight is known as the developer of Big Bang Racing, a game that has been downloaded over three million times. The studio aims to use the money to scale up its team and develop new titles focused on player creativity and user generated content.

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Mediapolis Accelerator, also known as Mediapolis Kiihdyttämö, begins the first accelerator program designed specifically for startup companies in the media field. The Tampere based Mediapolis Accelerator is created to foster the work of startups so they could be successful quicker and attract investments.

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