2015 Award Categories

The Tekne Awards honor innovation in science and technology in each of the following categories. Join us at the 2015 Tekne Award Celebration on November 18, 2015!

Advanced Manufacturing
Honors innovation in the manufacturing process to increase speed, accuracy and reduce costs, while minimizing environmental impact.
H.B. Fuller
yes
PaR Systems, Inc.
Seagate Technology | Savigent Software
Agriculture Technology & Food Safety
Honors technological advances in agricultural operations that enhance productivity and efficiency, improve environmental sustainability or contribute to food safety.
yes
Ecolab — Dairy Quality Enhancement Program
SelfEco
Ecolab — Automated Hand Washing System
Applied Analytics
Honors innovative applications for turning data driven insights into improved business processes or outcomes. Examples include digital marketing, customer experience mapping, predictive innovation, identifying new revenue opportunities, retail applications, etc.
Delaget
Ecolab
yes
Reeher
Collaboration for Community Impact
Recognizes a collaboration or partnership that demonstrates leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering an innovation to Minnesota while meeting an unmet community need. This product, service or innovative technology could assist an under served population or community, enhance quality or life, health or safety for the community at large, or promote an innovative job creation strategy. There must be two or more parties involved (and the application must be submitted jointly). Both non-profit and/or for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
Minnesota Compass
yes
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
University of Minnesota
Cyber Security
Recognizes innovative products or services that secure networks, computers, or systems from unintended or unauthorized access. These include but are not limited to identity management products or services, trusted authentication, disaster recovery, computer forensics, and verification processes.
PowerTech
Skyview Partners
yes
TransAuth
Education Technology
Honors innovations that measurably improve student learning and academic performance in the classroom. This includes the development of educational games, learning apps for mobile devices, innovative approaches to distance learning, or student project assignments that engage students with core curriculum via technology.
Capella University
JAMF Software
yes
South Central College
Energy and Clean Tech
Honors innovations that enhance efficiency of energy usage or delivery, reduced environmental impact, and encourage energy conservation.
yes
H.B. Fuller
IrriGreen
Xcel Energy
Healthcare — Small and Growing
Honors innovative development or deployment of medical devices, diagnostics or equipment, data management, communication systems integration, disease treatment, or pharmaceuticals that measurably improves patient care delivery, reduces recovery times, or improves patient health.
Ativa Medical Corporation
Imbio
yes
Rebiotix, Inc.
Healthcare — Established Companies
Honors innovative development or deployment of medical devices, diagnostics or equipment, data management, communication systems integration, disease treatment, or pharmaceuticals that measurably improves patient care delivery, reduces recovery times, or improves patient health.
American Medical Systems
Mayo Clinic - Anatomical Modeling Laboratory
yes
Medtronic
IT Services
Recognizes the contributions of technology service providers whose creative approaches to business solutions streamline client processes, reduce customer costs, shorten time to market, and/or increase service capacity or customer access through technology.
yes
Field Nation
PeopleNet
Thomson Reuters
Internet of Things
Honors the development of Internet of Things solutions that add increased efficiency or enhanced value to clients or customers.
Digi International
Logic PD
yes
Zivix, LLC
Software — Established Companies
Honors innovation in software development or applications that enhance productivity and efficiency for business or consumer use.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
yes
Digital River
Unisys Corporation
Software — Small and Growing Companies
Honors innovation in software development or applications that enhance productivity and efficiency for business or consumer use.
yes
Apex Revenue Technologies
MedNet Solutions
Quantum Retail
Startup
Honors an early-stage Minnesota technology company with commercialized products that demonstrates significant potential, creativity and a promising future. Company must be: less than 3 years old, have 1 – 30 employees and generating revenues.
Learn to Live
MyMeds
yes
Upsie
Workforce Development
Honors innovative approaches to training workers in transition or youth with technology skills and successfully matching them to jobs that meet the needs of Minnesota companies.
yes
Genesys Works - Twin Cities
Prime Digital Academy
Rêve Academy