Technology Leaders and Innovators Recognized at Virtual Tekne Awards Event

18 Nov 2020


(MINNEAPOLIS) Nov. 18, 2020 – In a celebration of Minnesota’s thriving technology community, the Minnesota Technology Association honored many of the people and companies driving technology innovation in the State of Minnesota at its 23rd annual Tekne awards ceremony today. Held virtually for the first time, the on-line Tekne Awards highlighted the new and exciting ways technology developed by Minnesota companies is impacting our community and the world.

Companies competed for Tekne Awards in 16 primary award categories, ranging from Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning to Technology for Good.  While only one organization was able to bring home the Tekne in each category, the level of innovation amongst all finalists was impressive.  Event attendees left inspired by the technological breakthroughs being developed in Minnesota and proud of the important role our state plays in global technology innovation.

Individual awards were also presented to both proven and emerging tech leaders. Receiving special Tekne Awards for Lifetime Achievement were Rick King of Thomson Reuters and John Santelli of UnitedHealth Group.  The inaugural Rising Star Awards went to Tarah Beyers of Target, Ja’keh Clark of Best Buy, and Michelle Hermanson of Land O’Lakes.

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