Applications and Nominations open for 2017 Tekne Awards

June 8, 2017

Minnesota High Tech Association’s 2017 Tekne Awards to be held Nov. 15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center

MINNEAPOLIS, June 8, 2017The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) is pleased to announce that the application and nomination period for the 2017 Tekne Awards is open. The awards celebrate the individuals and organizations that play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate and improve the lives of Minnesotans and people around the world. Now in its 18th year, the Teknes have honored hundreds of companies and leaders who continue to make Minnesota a home to cutting-edge innovation.

The 2017 Tekne Awards have 15 categories, and applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges with experience and expertise in each of the categories. Applications are due by Friday, July 28th. Finalists will be announced at a reception in September.

“Minnesota’s innovation economy continues to grow and thrive, and we’re looking forward to celebrating that success at the Tekne Awards,” said said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO of MHTA. “Every year, we are impressed and excited by Minnesota’s creativity and ingenuity in science and technology.”

The 2017 Teknes will recognize the growing importance of STEM education and our future workforce with an award honoring innovation in a Minnesota science or technology classroom.  New categories will also celebrate the rapid development communications technology as well as building design and infrastructure that is driven by emerging technologies.

The categories for the 2017 Tekne Awards are:


Honors innovation in the manufacturing process to increase speed and accuracy while reducing costs and minimizing environmental impact.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 and 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.


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.


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 and Small & Growing Companies)

Honors innovation in software development or applications that enhance productivity and efficiency for business or consumer use.


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. 


Recognizes innovative curriculum and programs that promote STEM (Science Technology Education Math) in an E-12 Minnesota classroom or community.


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.

About the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)

MHTA is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity and making Minnesota a top five science and technology state. We help bring together the people of Minnesota’s technology ecosystem and lead the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. Find out more online at or follow MHTA on Twitter at

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