Future growth fields

Cloud, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Networks of the Future

Women’s STEM Award 2019


140 graduates worldwide joined the competition to win the women's STEM Award from audimax and Deutsche Telekom

For the sixth time already, audimax and Deutsche Telekom introduced women from STEM courses to submit their theses and join the competition around the topic "growth areas of the future: Cloud, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security and Networks of the Future".


The announcement of which thesis convinced the jury the most will be soon. The award ceremony will take place at the Telekom headquarters in Bonn. The winners will recieve their prize money - EUR 3,000 for the best submitted work, EUR 500 for the most outstanding work in each growth field – and will be able to get in touch with Deutsche Telekom.

About the competition
Claudia Nemat, Board member of the Deutsche Telekom AG responsible for Europe and Technology

"Diversity in management teams has a major impact on the innovative power of business enterprises. Companies that foster a monoculture in today's fast-paced and innovative digital economy will be left by the wayside. Diversity means bringing together people of different nationalities, educational backgrounds and genders. We must also make sure that we provide more women with the expertise they need to play an active part in areas where they are still under-represented, for example, the STEM subjects. As a physicist, therefore, I am very pleased to be patron of the Women's STEM Award. My tip to all young women is, be bold. Take the opportunity that STEM offers you – exciting careers and interesting development opportunities await you."

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has long been more than just an abstract vision. Market researchers estimate that by 2020 some 30 billion "things" worldwide, such as elevators, cars and refrigerators, will be connected via the Internet. Solutions from the Industrial Internet allow companies to automate workflows, optimize supply chains by using intelligent software, and deploy their machinery safely and efficiently. We look forward to hearing about how you tackle the topic!

Artificial Intelligence

Machine learning, thinking robots and intelligent navigation: in the growth field of Artificial Intelligence, we are looking for scenarios for, and analyses of, the use of artificial intelligence in every sphere of life. What might AI mean for medicine and care, and what might it bring to logistics or the automotive industry? What are the opportunities and risks? Surprise us with a piece of work that pushes the boundaries of possibility!

Cyber Security

Attacks on the information infrastructures in cyber space are becoming increasingly complex and professional. At the same time, companies, state and citizens grow ever more dependent on IT, and so the potential for damage increases accordingly. Cyber security extends the area of activity of traditional IT security to cover all of cyber space. This makes modern information and communication technology practically in its entirety part of cyber space.

Networks of the Future

Streaming films in HD, high-speed surfing, video telephony – demands on the network are rising steadily. In order to cope with the rapidly growing data volumes, the network capacity needs to be constantly increased. In addition, innovations in applications, e.g. connected cars, are opening up new possibilities for industry and end customers. Whether in mobile communications with 5G or in the fixed network with vectoring or the fiber-optic rollout – fast Internet connections are crucial to economic and social development.


With increasing importance of cloud technology and the growing number of important data, which is stored in it, many use cases and fileds of research are the result of it. From the enabler of the internet of things up totally new customer experiences. Share your vision of use cases according to cloud technology with us!

Please send the following documents in PDF format to mint@telekom.de:

To participate please send us:

For further questions about the award or the participation itself please send your requests to Inga Walliser mint@telekom.de.

The following individuals are eligible to participate:

  • Students and graduates of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) of all universities worldwide.
  • Your thesis (Bachelor / Master thesis or diploma thesis) can be written in Englisch or German. The thesis has been submittet within the last 18 months.
  • Your thesis is related to one of our growth areas of the future: Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Networks of the Future and Cloud.


  • The most convincing piece of work from one of the growth areas will be awarded 3.000 Euros.
  • In addition, each growth area will be awarded 500 Euros.
  • A jury of experts will review all of the papers submitted and select the winning pieces of work the 8th of May 2019.
  • We will inform the winners in writing and invite them to our major award ceremony in June 2019.

Terms of participation (full) (PDF)


  • Natalie Barkei
  • Natalie Barkei
    • Bitkom Digital Association
    • Project Management Smart School & Women in Digital
    • Digital Transformation with German Education System
    • Strong Networks for Women in Tech
    • Empowerment STEM Education for Girls
    • Studies in Political Science & European Governance
  • Dr. Jan Hofmann
  • Dr. Jan Hofmann
    • Vice President eCompany Products
    • Products for Digital Transformation
    • Leading Initiative Artificial Intelligence Enterprise
    • Studies in Physics and Product Design
    • PhD Human Computer Interaction
  • Anna-Lena Bruné
  • Anna-Lena Bruné
    • Vice President Digital Transformation
    • Technology and Innovation
    • Infrastructure
    • Cryptography
    • Complexity Theory
    • Digital Female Leader Award
    • Master of Science Informatics
  • Thomas Tschersich
  • Thomas Tschersich
    • Head of Group Security Services
    • Fraud Management
    • Human Resources Security
    • Building Security
    • IT Security
    • Cyber Defence Center
    • Chairman of the BITKOM Security Steering Committee
    • Adviser to the German Federal Government and German Parliament
    • Degree in communications engineering
  • Kenza Ait Si Abbou Lyadini
  • Kenza Ait Si Abbou Lyadini
    • Senior Manager Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
    • Design Thinking Facilitator
    • Corporate Entrepreneur
    • Director of Women@T
    • Winner of the Digital Female Leader Award 2018 in category IT-TECH
    • Studies in Telecommunications Engineering
  • Frank Strecker
  • Frank Strecker
    • Senior Vice President Public Cloud Managed Services and Big Data
    • Member of the Supervisory Board: Trusted Cloud e.V.
    • Board Member of BITKOM working group: Cloud Computing and Outsourcing
    • University Degree in Technical-Oriented Business
  • Dr. Caren Klingbeil
  • Dr. Caren Klingbeil
    • Squad Lead Big Data Analytics Partner Product & IoT Partner Manager
    • Partner Management
    • Analytics
    • B2B
    • IoT Partner Ecosystem
    • Agile Working
    • Master of Science in Business Admin.
    • Dr.rer.pol. Business Admin.
  • Julia Oelgart
  • Julia Oelgart
    • Head of Data Analytics IoT & Tribelead Data Intelligence Hub
    • T-Systems
    • Big Data
    • IoT Analytics
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Agile Working
    • Master of Economics


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And we can guarantee that our jobs are as exciting and varied as our business. Let's work together to drive digitization forward. You can find your perfect entry route at: www.telekom.com/jobsearch.

Our innovations aren't just trailblazers for the digital future. They emerge as part of a workplace and corporate culture in which sharing ideas is top of the agenda, and the seemingly impossible is made possible. As a pioneer in the digital revolution, we use the best technologies, we are constantly learning, and we grow with every new challenge. It is in this inspiring working environment that our colleagues turn visions into reality.

Who we need
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MINT Zukunft schaffen

The initiative MINT Zukunft schaffen (STEM creating the future) has devoted itself to one of the most pressing problems facing the German economy, namely the lack of skilled professionals in STEM subjects. In response, it offers a broad platform for a wide range of individual initiatives. We have been actively involved since its foundation.