Last Wednesday, we had the honor of hosting the 23rd annual Minnesota Tekne Awards. 16 Tekne’s were presented to 16 talented innovators who have spent the last year developing and applying new technology for the advancement of our state and its diverse communities.

Rick King and John Santelli were recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards and we celebrated three Rising Stars within our tech ecosystem who are making waves of their own: Tarah Beyers of Target, Ja’keh Clark of Best Buy, and Michelle Hermanson of Land O’Lakes.

Due to the global pandemic, this year’s award show was held virtually, and a special award category was created to recognize the valiant efforts of the organizations and individuals who stood up to the COVID-19 virus to keep our communities healthy and safe.

Find out who the winners were and revisit the show any time here:


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