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Minnesota Technology Association Announces 2021 Tekne Award Winners

The Minnesota Technology Association has announced the winners of the 2021 Tekne Awards (now in its 24th year). The winners of the 13 categories were presented during a livestreamed event on November 17.

“Each year, the Tekne Awards recognize Minnesota-based organizations and individuals that create and support science and technology innovation within the state,” Minnesota Technology Association President and CEO Jeff Tollefson said in a release. “Our team was floored by the range of innovative entries we saw in this year’s submissions, and we’re privileged to highlight the achievements of this year’s impressive selection of honorees.”

Here’s the full list of winners. You can also find expanded descriptions of each category here.

Business Enablement Through Technology: 

  • AI/Machine Learning Itasca Consulting Group
  • Data Analytics Minnesota IT Services
  • Data Security Arctic Wolf
  • Digital Marketing Avtex
  • Digital Transformation Xcel Energy
  • Edge Computing & IoT EMC

Innovation in Minnesota’s Leading Industries: 

  • Financial Services Technology SPARK
  • Healthcare Information Systems Flywheel
  • Medical Technology & Devices Minnetronix Medical
  • Sustainable Resources Renew Power Systems

Vibrant Tech Ecosystem: 

  • Technology Partnership – Large Venue Tech Collective
  • Tech Talent Black Tech Talent
  • Tech For Good Ramsey County

Lifetime Achievement Recipients: 

  • Joy Lindsay, CEO, StarTec Investments
  • Mike McNamara, EVP, CIO, Target Corporation

Rising Star Award Recipients: 

  • Ayaan Dahir, Software for Good
  • Katie Hendricksen, Target Corporation
  • Jakson Kallio, Logisolve
  • Rachael Kuntz, Minnetronix Medical
  • Joshua Wadsworth, Best Buy

Public Service Award Recipients:  

  • Representative Rob Ecklund
  • Senator John R. Jasinski
  • Representative Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn
  • Representative Mohamud Noor
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