2018 Award Categories

The Tekne Awards honor innovation in science and technology in each of the categories below. By request, we have extended the application due date to Friday Aug. 10, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST. 

 

For tips on submitting an award-winning application, review our Tekne Application 101 Webinar [CLICK HERE], including insight from a past Tekne Award winner and judge. 

 

Advanced manufacturing
Honors innovation in manufacturing, manufacturing equipment and processing, with an emphasis on increased speed, accuracy, strong product customization and reduced costs. Examples include, but are not limited to: machine-tools, machine-to-machine components, mechatronics, intelligent technical systems, 3D-additive manufacturing, and integration of Industry 4.0 concepts into advanced manufacturing systems.
Biotech/Pharmaceuticals
Celebrates innovation and pioneering efforts in biotechnology or pharmaceuticals to provide game-changing advancement in the healthcare field. Examples include, but are not limited to: gene therapies, precision medicine, drug discovery and delivery, etc.
Building Design and Infrastructure
Honors the integration of technology in building design, construction and operation. Examples include, but are not limited to: smart grid, productive workplace design, green building materials, or applied innovative building design in occupant comfort and indoor air quality.
Clean Technology/ Energy
Shines a spotlight on innovation that enhances energy efficiency, conservation or renewable energy generation and storage. Examples include, but are not limited to: solar or wind power, biofuels, petroleum replacement or personal transportation.
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, enhances 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.
Cybersecurity
Recognizes innovative products or services that secure networks, computers, or systems from unintended or unauthorized access. Examples include, but are not limited to: identity management products or services, trusted authentication, disaster recovery, secure data storage, computer forensics, and verification processes.
Emerging Technologies
Celebrates a cutting edge product or service that is pushing the boundaries of technology or application of technology and/or significantly disrupting an industry. Examples include, but are not limited to: Blockchain, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, integrated sensor technologies, etc.
Food/ Ag Tech
Honors technological advances in agricultural operations or food production that enhance productivity and efficiency, improve environmental sustainability or contribute to food safety.
Health IT
Recognizes advances in the application of information technology to the healthcare sector, helping to diagnose diseases, increase efficiencies and improve patient outcomes. This category rewards technologies which have made a real impact to improve patient healthcare and quality of life.
IT Solutions Consulting
Celebrates the contributions of technology solutions providers and consultants whose research and technical expertise help clients to optimize workloads and systems for future-state readiness, reduce costs, speed time to market and/or protect infrastructure.
Medical Device
Honors significant achievements in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare delivery and accessibility. Examples include, but are not limited to: instruments, machines, implants, in vitro reagents or other related products that are intended for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease or other conditions.
Science & Technology Startup
Recognizes an early-stage Minnesota science or technology company with commercialized products that demonstrates significant potential, creativity and a promising future. Company revenue for 2017 is $5m or less and 50% or more of its employees are based in Minnesota.
Software - Established
Honors innovation in software development or applications to solve strategic business challenges, guide business decisions or enhance productivity and efficiency. Examples include, but are not limited to: website plug-ins, back-end organizational software, mobile development, stream processing, scheduling, supply chain, etc. Established Companies, $50m+ in 2017 revenue.
Software - Small and Growing
Honors innovation in software development or applications to solve strategic business challenges, guide business decisions or enhance productivity and efficiency. Examples include, but are not limited to: website plug-ins, back-end organizational software, mobile development, stream processing, scheduling, supply chain, etc. Small & Growing Companies, < $50m in 2017 revenue
STEM Workforce Development
Celebrates innovative approaches to talent development in the STEM fields, including efforts to close Minnesota’s STEM skills gap and provide solutions to address Minnesota’s STEM workforce shortage.