2017 Award Categories

The Tekne Awards honor innovation in science and technology in each of the following categories. Applications are now closed. Finalists will be announced at a reception in September — stay tuned for more details!

Advanced Manufacturing
Honors innovation in the manufacturing process to increase speed and accuracy while reducing costs and minimizing environmental impact.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Healthcare — Small & Growing 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.
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.
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.
Software — Established Companies
Honors innovation in software development or applications that enhance productivity and efficiency for business or consumer use.
Software — Small & Growing Companies
Honors innovation in software development or applications that enhance productivity and efficiency for business or consumer use.
Start Up
Honors an early-stage Minnesota technology company with commercialized products that demonstrates significant potential, creativity and a promising future.
STEM Education
Recognizes innovative curriculum and programs that promote STEM (Science Technology Education Math) in an E-12 Minnesota classroom or community.
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.