Tekne Awards Honors 15 Minnesota High-Tech Innovators
On Wednesday night, the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) honored 15 Minnesota companies at the 2015 Tekne awards, which highlights businesses that have made technological advancements to improve the lives of people around the world.
Award recipients were recognized for innovations made in the fields of education, energy, healthcare, software, workforce development, manufacturing, agriculture, cyber security and information technology.
Companies that took home a 2015 Tekne Award include:
PaR Systems (advanced manufacturing)
For creating a first-of-a-kind main crane system to reconstruct a new confinement structure in two radioactive sites: Chernobyl and Fukushima.
Ecolab (agriculture and food)
Ecolab introduced the Dairy Quality Enhancement program to address sanitation issues occurring with dairy production equipment contaminated with biofilms.
Reeher (applied analytics)
For providing the first and only shared management system for implementing fundraising campaigns for higher education.
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (collaboration for community impact)
The MDVA teamed with a local information technology agency to launch the Minnesota Homeless Veteran Registry to identify and provide housing services to veterans experiencing homelessness.
TransAuth (cyber security)
For developing Micro-Federation, a platform on mobile devices that functions like a virtual identification badge, which helps to prevent damage incurred in cases such as identity fraud.
South Central College (education technology)
South Central College created iMEC, a learning program that allows students and instructors to participate in distance classes while also experiencing hands-on training of on-site mechatronics courses.
H.B. Fuller (energy and clean tech)
For creating Liquamelt, a thermoplastic adhesive that increases safety as it doesn’t require heated tanks and hoses for dispensing, only a pump.
Medtronic (healthcare—established companies)
Medtronic’s Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is now the world’s smallest pacemaker at less than one-tenth the size of traditional pacemakers.
Rebiotix Inc. (healthcare—small and growing companies)
The company’s first product, RBX2660, helps people that have experienced multiple episodes of clostridium difficile infection.
Zivix LLC (internet of things)
For developing the portable “jamstix,” a mobile digital guitar that wirelessly connects to the Internet through a mobile device.
Field Nation (IT services)
Fieldnation.com is an online platform that connects individual contractors and businesses to initiate and complete projects.
Digital River (software—established companies)
As a provider for e-commerce, online payments and e-marketing services, Digital River developed a service provider interface to advance its payments program.
Apex Revenue Technologies (software—small and growing companies)
By launching Apex Connect, a communications engine that leverages patient-centric data to improve payment results, its clients in the healthcare industry can now better tailor communications to their patients.
A new mobile app that is confronting the $40-billion extended warranty industry by questioning marketplace conventions through consumer-focused information.
Genesys Works—Twin Cities (workforce development)
The mission of Genesys Works—Twin Cities is to enable disadvantaged high school students to enter and thrive in the economy by providing summer training, paid internships, college access and college success opportunities.
Additionally, Kathleen O’Keefe was honored with the Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as a leader within Minnesota’s STEM Education community, working for the Medtronic Foundation and serving on several other boards.