Local High-Tech Innovators Honored at 2017 Tekne Awards

Individuals, as well as companies small (StemoniX, OneOme) and large (SelectComfort), were honored at the 18th annual event held by the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA).

Local High-Tech Innovators Honored at 2017 Tekne Awards
Thirteen Minnesota companies and several esteemed individuals took home awards from the 2017 Tekne Awards last Wednesday, an event that each year honors local contributions to the advancement of technology and science.
Lifetime Achievement awards were given to both Dr. Bhabani Misra, the associate dean of the University of St. Thomas’s School of Engineering, and Steven L. Crouch, the former dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering.
Awards were also extended to public officials. State senator Paul Anderson, Representative Marion O’Neill, and the State of Minnesota’s chief information officer Tom Baden all took home Public Service Awards for their collective efforts in raising awareness about cybersecurity issues in state government, and for helping to pass legislation aimed at deploying small cell technology throughout Minnesota, MHTA said.
In a statement, MHTA president and CEO Margaret Anderson Kelliher applauded the honorees for their developments in the science and technology industry and Minnesota community.
“More than 30 years ago, MHTA’s founding members came together around three principles: build support for Minnesota’s science and technology institutions, enrich relationships between industry and education to understand future workforce demands, and develop a strategy for science, engineering and technology education,” she said. “The Tekne awards are a celebration of these principles, and these 13 recipients highlight the advancements of science and technology right here in our community.”
Winners from each category within the 2017 Tekne Awards are as follows:
  • Analytics — Calabrio, a Minneapolis company that makes software allowing businesses to improve call centers optimization
  • Building Design and Infrastructure — Perkins+Will, a Minneapolis firm that takes an interdisciplinary, research-based approach to architecture
  • Communications Technology — PeopleNet, a Minnetonka company that provides fleet mobility technology to the North American land transportation industry
  • Community Impact — Minnesota IT Services, otherwise known as the information technology agency for the state’s executive branch
  • Cyber Security — Arcserve, an Eden Prairie provider of data protection and recovery solutions for enterprises and small- to medium-sized businesses
  • Healthcare — OneOme, a Minneapolis startup that sells cost-effective genetic tests used to determine whether a patient will have adverse effects to certain medications
  • Industry Impact — Activated Research Company, the Eden Prairie startup behind the Polyarc system, which helps scientific agencies conduct faster and cheaper gas chromatography analyses
  • Internet of Things — SelectComfort, the Minneapolis maker of Sleep Number beds
  • Software (Established Companies) — Ability Network Inc., a Minneapolis developer of Web-based solutions for health care providers in ambulatory, acute and post-acute settings
  • Software (Small and Growing Companies) — Sentera, a Minneapolis company offering a suite of drone and data management systems for the agriculture industry and other markets
  • Startup — StemoniX, which won the 2016 MN Cup for its capabilities to use human skin or blood and create functioning human organs
  • STEM Education — Code Savvy, a St. Louis Park nonprofit that offers educational programs to improve coding skills among kids and teens
  • Workforce Development — Rêve Academy, a Minneapolis nonprofit that trains underserved students looking to break into a digital career
More information on the Tekne Awards and this year’s honorees and finalists can be found here.
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