November 16, 2023


Minneapolis Convention Center


15 Teknes Given Out

About the Tekne Awards / Celebrating 25 Years

The Tekne Awards is a celebration of the excellence and innovation within Minnesota’s technology ecosystem. Now in its 25th year, the Minnesota Technology Association hosts this event to honor the leaders and leading organizations who are fueling Minnesota’s tech-driven economy, with 16 Tekne Awards across 3 categories: Business Impact, Community Impact, and Individual Achievement. We invite you to join your colleagues to cheer on the Tekne Award finalists and recipients and celebrate the strength of our exceptional tech community on this very special occasion!


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4:00 PM – VIP check in and reception

4:45 PM – Tekne event check in and networking begins

5:30 PM – Guests are seated, dinner begins

6:30 PM – Awards Ceremony begins

8:00 PM – Event concludes

Ticket Prices / Purchase Individual Tickets or Tables of 10

Early bird pricing runs through Friday, October 13th at midnight. Purchasing your tickets before then is the best way to ensure you get the best deal!

VIP Table of 10


Purchase a table for 10 guests at the Tekne Awards Gala. The VIP table includes a $200 voucher for wine for the table as well as access to the VIP Reception before the event.

Table of 10 - Earlybird


Purchase a table for 10 guests at the Tekne Awards Gala

Individual - Early Bird


One individual ticket to the Tekne Awards Gala.



Advancements in Artificial Intelligence

  • Raise a Hood
  • Medtronic
  • Target
  • ProcessBolt


Data Security

  • Minnesota IT Services
  • Code42
  • Target
  • Digi International


Outstanding Achievements in Data Analytics

  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LL
  • Quantified Mechanix
  • Inspire11
  • Best Buy


Excellence in Customer / User Experience

  • Total Expert
  • CHS, Inc.
  • Winnebago Industries
  • SPS Commerce


Outstanding Achievement in Market Innovation

  • Francis Medical, Inc.
  • Land O’ Lakes
  • Urotronic, Inc.
  • CAMP Digital

Excellence in Partnership

  • RBA / H.B. Fuller
  • WipeOS / HealthConnect America
  • The Jed Mahonis Group / Little Free Library
  • Minnesota IT Services / Technology Advisory Council
  • Digineer / Anytime Fitness


Tech for Good

  • Hennepin County Office of Broadband and Digital Inclusion
  • Southeast Service Cooperative
  • Analytics for Good Institute
  • Girls Dream Code


Sustainability Champion

  • Sleep Number
  • Land O’ Lakes
  • Thermo King
  • Winnebago Industries – Motorized


Tech Talent Development (Corporate Initiative)

  • U.S. Bank
  • Daugherty Business Solutions
  • NetSPI
  • NCXT


Building Our Tech Future (Solution Provider, Agency, Non-Profit)

  • Code Savvy
  • createMPLS
  • High Tech Kids
  • Science from Scientists

Technology Leader

  • Anudeep Parhar
  • Eric Williams
  • Richard Walker
  • Ty Spratt


Rising Star

  • Keelia Escalante
  • Mackenzie Hall
  • Matthew Hauwiller
  • Paige Stauske


Career Achievement

Announced as winners:

  • Dee Thibodeau
  • Tom Kieffer


Tech Educator of the Year

Announced as winner:

  • Shannon Seaver


Public Service Award

Announced as winner:

  • Doug Carnival


Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

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Event Sponsors / Supporting 25 Years of Tekne Awards

Presenting Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor

Contact Us / Questions?

If you have any questions about the event, awards, sponsorship, or purchasing tickets, please email Molly Doyle at