We want to shape tech and business to be beneficial, responsible, and sustainable.

Tech alone is not enough, nor is business as usual.

The idea of SHIFT started to take form in late 2014 and has been growing steadily from zero to thousands of attendees ever since.


What is SHIFT about?

In the beginning we had this very lofty idea to create something different, to rattle the cage, to do things better, to focus on the stuff that really matters: the place of human being, the value of preserving our planet and the ethics of development. All of this injected with a scent of weirdness and wow. ”                                                                                                  –Alexander, CEO


To achieve this SHIFT facilitates a platform that connect industry with tech. The festival features two days full of meaningful conversations, a fantastic stage program, round-table discussions and workshops, in addition to several side events, networking sessions as well as a hell of a good after party.

Is SHIFT an international business conference?

SHIFT is a festival, not a conference, but it is international. Around 15 % of our attendees are international, mostly from around the Baltic sea.

Who is organizing SHIFT?

Behind SHIFT is non-profit association driven by volunteers and the business community in Turku. Firm supporters of SHIFT are Turku Science Park, Boost Turku, JCI, Creve, Turku Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Finnish Enterprises.

Where is SHIFT organized?
SHIFT is organised  in Turku, Finland. Turku is the oldest city in Finland and boasts a rich historical and cultural heritage. It is home to the oldest school as well as the oldest theatre. Located at the south-western coast of Finland, it is a gateway to one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world.
How to get to SHIFT?

Reaching Turku

Turku is a transportation hub hosting both an airport and a harbour. You can also reach the city by a train, a bus or a car. By Air You may reach Turku by air. Please visit the below web site for more information. http://www.finavia.fi/en/turku/ Also keep in mind that Helsinki-Vantaa airport is nearby, offering direct train and bus shuttles going to Turku. Train You can reach Turku by a train from Helsinki, Saint Petersburg or Tampere. Please consult the below website for timetables and tickets. www.vr.fi Ferry There are ferry connections to Turku from Stockholm. Please consult the website below for timetables and tickets. www.siljaline.fi Bus Please consult the below websites for timetables and tickets. www.matkahuolto.fi www.onnibus.fi

Is SHIFT a day event?
SHIFT is a two-day festival with the official program running from at 11am to 6pm on the first day and 10am to 6pm on the second day. The official After party is held on the second night.

SHIFT team is growing. Here is some of the team who can answer any question you might have!

CEO Alexander Törnroth

alexander@theshift.fi +358 40 1877 353



Partnerships Sini Toivonen

sini@theshift.fi +358 40 6792 626




Tickets Veli-Pekka Virtanen

velipekka@theshift.fi +358 40 8678 288




Program and design Heidi Vainio-Pekka

heidi@theshift.fi +358 44 2316 337




Communications & Marketing Mari Männistö

mari@theshift.fi +358 45 8684 808