Flipgrid is an Education Technology finalist in the 17th Annual Tekne Awards

September 16, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named Flipgrid as a finalist in the Education Technology category for the 2016 Tekne Awards, which will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The Tekne Awards honor Minnesota companies and individuals who have shown superior technology innovation and leadership. A full list of finalists is available online at http://www.tekneawards.org.

The Tekne Awards Education Technology category honors innovations that measurably improve student learning and academic performance in the classroom. This includes the development of educational games, learning apps for mobile devices, innovative approaches to distance learning, or student project assignments that engage students with core curriculum via technology.

Flipgrid, a stimulus-driven video discussion platform, fuels active, social learning in more than 30,000 preK-20 classroom and enterprise communities around the world. Flipgrid helps learners of all ages present and share their viewpoints in a manner conducive to others’ consideration, appreciate and understand the perspectives of their peers, and enter into respectful, authentic, and challenging conversation. By engaging students in stimulus- and peer-driven discussions, educators are empowered to see firsthand the contributions of all students and to provide more robust and accurate qualitative feedback.

Flipgrid was cofounded by Dr. Charlie Miller, the company’s Chief Design Officer and an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Miller shared, “The entire Flipgrid team is incredibly honored to be an educational technology finalist in the esteemed Tekne Awards. Since we created Flipgrid for a single UMN PhD course in 2012, the stream of inspiring impact stories from our K12, higher education, and enterprise users is the motivation that fuels our work each and every day. To have our users and their stories recognized by the MHTA is simply a dream!”

Jim Leslie, CEO of Flipgrid, added, “From all of us on the Flipgrid team, we would like to thank the MHTA for recognizing the transformative power of student voice and shared community knowledge.”

Each year, MHTA seeks out companies and people leading the way in innovation in Minnesota,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of MHTA. “These advancements are changing the way people all over the world live and work, and the Tekne Awards recognize those achievements.”

The 17th annual Tekne Awards program will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a VIP registration and reception, followed by general registration and cocktails at 5 p.m. The awards ceremony will commence at 7 p.m., with a post-event reception at 8:30 p.m. The event will be emceed by Paul Douglas, author, entrepreneur and meteorologist. For additional information, or to register for the 2016 Tekne Awards program, visit http://www.tekneawards.org or contact Claire Ayling at 952-230-4553 or cayling@mhta.org

Flipgrid is a stimulus-driven video discussion platform that promotes active, social learning in more than 30,000 classrooms, organizations, and enterprises across 130 countries on six continents. To learn more about Flipgrid and the power of social learning communities, please visit http://flipgrid.com

Each year the Tekne Awards shine a spotlight on Minnesota's science and technology industry. The gala affair draws nearly 1,000 attendees from across the state and from technology areas ranging from advanced manufacturing and information technology to healthcare and agricultural technology. The technology community comes together on this very special evening to celebrate Minnesota innovation and recognize Tekne Award finalists and recipients - the best and brightest of Minnesota’s diverse science and tech-based economy. The Tekne Awards began in 2000, and are presented by the Minnesota High Tech Association. Find out more online at http://www.tekneawards.org or follow MHTA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MHTA #TekneAwards

MHTA is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity. We help bring together the people of Minnesota’s technology ecosystem and lead the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. Find out more online at http://www.mhta.org or follow MHTA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MHTA.