2016 Award Categories

The Tekne Awards honor innovation in science and technology in each of the following categories. Check out the finalists below and join us at the 2016 Tekne Award Celebration on November 16!

Advanced Manufacturing
Honors innovation in the manufacturing process to increase speed, accuracy and reduce costs, while minimizing environmental impact.
Ecolab
yes
Proto Labs
Uponor
Agriculture Technology & Food Safety
Honors technological advances in agricultural operations that enhance productivity and efficiency, improve environmental sustainability or contribute to food safety.
Conservis
yes
Recombinetics
RED Food
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.
Digital River
yes
FPX
ID Insight
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.
Chisago Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
yes
Minnesota Computers for Schools
PACER Center
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.
SecretValet
Secured2
yes
SIFT
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.
Andamio Games
yes
Auditory Sciences
Flipgrid
Energy and Clean Tech
Honors innovations that enhance efficiency of energy usage or delivery, reduced environmental impact, and encourage energy conservation.
yes
75F
Energy Insight
EnergyPrint
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.
yes
Apri Health
Medtronic
Starkey Hearing Technologies
Healthcare — Small & 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.
yes
GeneSegues Therapeutics
Geneticure
OneOme
Internet of Things
Honors the development of Internet of Things solutions that add increased efficiency or enhanced value to clients or customers.
Exosite
yes
NimbeLink
PeopleNet
Software — Established
Honors innovation in software development or applications that enhance productivity and efficiency for business or consumer use.
Digital River
HelpSystems
yes
Sovos Compliance
Software — Small & Growing
Honors innovation in software development or applications that enhance productivity and efficiency for business or consumer use.
Insite Software
yes
Medicom Digital
Siteimprove
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.
HomeSpotter
Kidizen
yes
Sentera
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.
Creating IT Futures Foundation
Reve Academy
yes
Tech Dump