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Mindtrek, being one of the most interesting internet oriented conferences in Finland, is again this year offering a lot of prize money for the winner of the Launchpad competition as well as for the runners up. Mindtrek is organised in Tampere, Finland between the 6th and 8th of October. The event has attracted more and more startups each year as it has began to profile itself as a good doer with huge sums of prize money. Last year Multitouch, a maker of modular touch screens, took home the prize money.

Mindtrek’s Launchpad competition has attracted a lot of good talent this year as well. Furthermore, Mindtrek has extended the deadline for the applications until 3rd of September. According to Mindtrek’s website; The MindTrek LaunchPad competition awards innovative new Finnish digital media products or demos – and the people behind it, who have the urge to make it big. If you feel like applying, do so here before September 3rd.

This year, Mindtrek has 4 different tracks to follow, New Mobile Ecosystem, Cloud Computing, Mindtrek Launchpad and the Mindtrek Academic Sessions. Some of the speakers include Janne Järvinen (F-Secure), Ari Jaaksi (Nokia) and Brandon Watson (Microsoft). Not all the slots have been confirmed yet, so there are bound to be some more interesting speakers on stage.

ArcticStartup will be covering Mindtrek this year, like previously, and keeping a close eye on the Launchpad track and how the startups pitch themselves. In the previous years, we’ve heard some very interesting revelations so we’ll be keeping a close eye on the finalists this year as well.

Photo by Erkka Piirainen

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