MHTA – Nearly 1,000 people gathered November 1 at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the 2012 Tekne Awards. 44 finalists were recognized with recipients announced in twelve different categories. The awards honor the best and brightest in technological innovation, development, commercialization and management in Minnesota.
“Every year, MHTA is honored to showcase some of the most innovative and competitive technology-based companies in the world at the Tekne Awards,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president of MHTA. “Thanks to this year’s finalists, Minnesota remains at the forefront of cutting-edge technological growth.”
Categories and finalists for the 2012 Tekne Awards:
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AWARD
The Advanced Manufacturing Award honors technological advancement in the manufacturing of materials or chemicals, machinery and equipment, electronics and components, measuring instruments, photonics, optics and lasers. Finalists are: 3M (Saint Paul), Seagate Technology (Bloomington) and Top Tool Co. (Blaine).
CLEANTECH & ENERGY AWARD
The Cleantech & Energy Award recognizes organizations that develop environmentally-sound products or solutions that reduce costs, energy consumption, waste or pollution. Examples include but are not limited to: solar or wind power, biofuels, green building supplies, personal transportation or smart grid. Finalists are: Biovation Holdings Inc. (Mankato), SheerWind, Inc. (Chaska) and TransUNImission, Inc. (Burnsville).
COMPUTER HARDWARE & ELECTRONIC DEVICES AWARD
The Computer Hardware & Electronic Devices Award honors innovative development of computer products, equipment or consumer electronic devices. Examples include but are not limited to server and storage devices, mainframes, PCs and memory cards. Finalists are: Imation Corp. -DataGuard (Oakdale), Imation Corp.– RDX Media SecureDataGuard (Oakdale) and Network Instruments, LLC (Minnetonka).
The EdTech Award recognizes the development of technologies and innovations that enhance teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom. Finalists are: eLumen Collaborative (Minneapolis), St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud) and the University of Minnesota Rochester (Rochester).
INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Innovative Collaboration of the Year Award honors any type of collaboration or partnership that demonstrates leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering an innovation to Minnesota. There must be two or more parties involved with the collaboration. The finalists are: Blandin Foundation (Grand Rapids), Digineer (Plymouth) and page10 (Minneapolis).
LIFE SCIENCES AWARD
The Life Sciences Award recognizes innovative development of medical devices, diagnostics or equipment, disease treatment, pharmaceuticals, agriculture or food science. Established company finalists are: 3M (Saint Paul), Starkey Hearing Technologies (Eden Prairie) and Vital Images, Inc. (Minnetonka). Small-and-growing company finalists are: Cardio3 BioSciences (Rochester), Circle Biologics, Inc. (Plymouth) and OrthoCor Medical (Minneapolis).
MOBILE & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES AWARD
The Mobile & Communications Technologies Award honors innovation in mobile applications and electronic communication, including but not limited to social media, internet broadcasting, digital data integration, streaming audio/video and highly interactive user interfaces. Finalists are: MakeMusic, Inc. (Eden Prairie), the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (Saint Paul) and Starkey Hearing Technologies (Eden Prairie).
ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION AWARD
The Robotics & Automation Award recognizes notable achievements in robotics and automation. Finalists are: PaR Systems, Inc. (Shoreview), ReconRobotics, Inc. (Edina) and Global Robotics Innovation Park (Minneapolis).
The Software Award honors companies who show innovative development of applications for business or consumer use. Established company finalists are: GE Capital Fleet Services (Eden Prairie), JAMF Software, LLC (Minneapolis) and Open Access Technology International, Inc. (Minneapolis). Small-and-growing company finalists are: Code 42 Software, Inc. (Minneapolis), Savigent Software, Inc. (Minnetonka) and Third Wave Systems, Inc. (Eden Prairie).
The Startup Award recognizes an early-stage Minnesota technology company with commercialized products that demonstrates significant potential, creativity and a promising future. The company must be less than three years old, have 1-30 employees and generate revenue. The finalists are: Sophia Learning, LLC (Minneapolis) and SparkWeave, LLC (Minneapolis).
TECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE IN A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION AWARD
The Technology Excellence in A Non-Profit Organization Award honors a non-profit organization whose innovative use of technology has allowed or will allow the organization to more effectively deliver on its mission and serve the state of Minnesota and its communities. Finalists are: GiveMN (Saint Paul), MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis) and The Works (Bloomington).
TECHNOLOGY SERVICES & CONSULTING AWARD
The Technology Services Award recognizes providers of computer and internet-related services to businesses and consumers, including but not limited to software consulting, disaster recovery, Web design, data input and processing, security, e-commerce services, business services and Web hosting. Established company finalists are: Digital River, Inc. (Minnetonka), PeopleNet (Minnetonka) and Thomson Reuters (Eagan). Small-and-growing company finalists are: Agosto, Inc. (Minneapolis), SWAT Solutions, Inc. (St. Louis Park) and Trissential, LLC (Wayzata).