The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named Sleep Number, the leader of sleep innovation, as a finalist for the 2017 Tekne Awards in the Internet of Things Award category. The awards ceremony will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Wednesday, November 15.

The Tekne Awards honors Minnesota companies and individuals who have shown superior innovation and leadership. The category honors the development of Internet of Things technology, from the use of sensors to wearable solutions that add increased efficiency or enhanced value to customers.

Sleep Number is being recognized for its most advanced innovation to date - the Sleep Number 360™ smart bed powered by SleepIQ © technology. The new integrated design includes a proprietary algorithm and machine learning to intuitively sense and automatically adjust all night for an effortless and optimized sleep experience. Built on an advanced Internet of Things architecture, the technology and data gives users knowledge about how they are sleeping and the power to adjust variables that impact their sleep.

"Sleep Number is honored to be recognized by the 2017 Tekne Awards for the Sleep Number 360 smart bed," said Annie Bloomquist, chief product officer at Sleep Number. "For three decades, Sleep Number has revolutionized the industry as a pioneer in sleep technology with a passion for improving lives through better sleep. To be named finalist for this award reflects our commitment to innovation and developing life-changing technologies for quality sleep and wellness."

"Each year, MHTA honors the most innovative companies in Minnesota advancing technology at home and around the globe," said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of MHTA. "Sleep Number, along with all of this year's finalists, are impacting the way people live and work, and the Tekne Awards recognize those achievements."

Presented by the MHTA, the Tekne Awards annually recognize Minnesota's best and brightest technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management. For additional information on the Tekne Awards, visit or contact Claire Ayling at 952-230-4553 or

About Sleep NumberThirty years ago, Sleep Number transformed the mattress industry with the idea that 'one size does not fit all' when it comes to sleep. Today, the company is the leader in sleep innovation and ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Mattresses" by J.D. Power in 2015 and 2016. As the pioneer in biometric sleep tracking and adjustability, Sleep Number is proving the connection between quality sleep and health and wellbeing. Dedicated to individualizing sleep experiences, the company's 4,000 team members are improving lives with innovative sleep solutions. To find better quality sleep visit one of the 550 Sleep Number stores located in 50 states or For additional information, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)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 or follow MHTA on Twitter at

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