2017 Award Categories

The Tekne Awards honor innovation in science and technology in each of the following categories. Finalists have been announced! Get your tickets today!

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.
yes
Calabrio
EnergyPrint
Unisys
Building Design & Infrastructure
Honors the integration of technology in the design, construction and operation of the built environment. Entries should demonstrate innovation and leadership in one or more areas of intelligent building infrastructure, sustainable energy efficiency and productive workplace design.
75F
Energy Management Collaborative
yes
Perkins + Will
Communications Technology
Celebrates a product or service with demonstrated impact on interactive forms of communication including the Internet, mobile technologies, social media, and other telecommunications based technologies or applications.
Lumi
Metropolitan Airports Commission
yes
PeopleNet
Community Impact
Recognizes the development or implementation of technology that serves an unmet community need. Entries should demonstrate significant improvement or modernization through a product, service or innovation that assists underserved populations, enhance quality of life, health or safety, or promotes an innovative job creation strategy. Two or more parties can be involved and submit a joint application. Both non-profit and for-profit organizations are eligible.
Comcast
GogyUp
yes
Minnesota IT Services
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, secure data storage, computer forensics, and verification processes.
yes
Arcserve
Entrust Datacard
Secured2
Healthcare
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.
NovuHealth
yes
OneOme
Photonic Pharma
Industry Impact
Recognizes the development or implementation of technology with impact across a specific sector or industry. Entries should demonstrate significant improvement or modernization in processes or products and can include better customer/client experience, engagement, or ecommerce. Two or more parties can be involved and submit a joint application.
yes
Activated Research Company
Ecolab
Jamf Software
Internet of Things
Honors the development of Internet of Things including use of sensors and wearable solutions that add increased efficiency or enhanced value to clients or customers.
MultiTech Systems
yes
Select Comfort
Sentera
Software — Established Companies
Honors innovation in software development or applications that enhance productivity and efficiency for business or consumer use.
yes
ABILITY
Perforce Software
Unisys
Software — Small & Growing Companies
Honors innovation in software development or applications that enhance productivity and efficiency for business or consumer use.
SafeNet Consulting
Secure Digital Solutions
yes
Sentera
Start Up
Honors an early-stage Minnesota technology company with commercialized products that demonstrates significant potential, creativity and a promising future.
Prevent Biometrics
yes
StemoniX
The Big Know
STEM Education
Recognizes innovative curriculum and programs that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in an E-12 Minnesota classroom or community.
yes
Code Savvy
High Tech Kids
Mouse
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.
Keyot
yes
Rêve Academy
Software for Good