On October 16, Kenner was honored at a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. as Smithsonian magazine announced winners of the third annual American Ingenuity Awards. The awards recognize the year’s most amazing achievements and the innovators behind them. Called the “Golden Globes of Intellect” by Washingtonian magazine, the event included presenter Stephen Hawking and many other leaders in their fields. “Smithsonian magazine’s editorial team has selected an exceptional group of honorees who each embody our mission of increasing knowledge and shaping the world of tomorrow,” said Smithsonian magazine editor-in-chief Michael Caruso.
The Washington Post featured an excerpt of Kenner's speech, saying "[he] gave a moving acceptance speech about the largely untapped potential of prison inmates."