Women STEM Award


Future growth fields

Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Network of the furture

Women STEM Award 2017
Women STEM Award 2017

Women’s STEM Award 2017

For the fifth time already, Deutsche Telekom praises the Women's STEM Award together with cooperation partner audimax and MINT Zukunft schaffen. STEM graduates from all over the world can submit their bachelor or master thesis with focus on one of the strategic growth areas. So don’t hesitate. Apply now and win 3,000 euros.

  • First prize: 3,000 Euros, additional price: 500 Euros
  • Topics referring to the following strategic growth fields: Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security and Networks of the Future
  • Application period: 11th November – 25th February 2018 under challenge.telekom.com/en/challenges/women-stem-award

Below you can find all information on the strategic growth fields and conditions for participation.

About the competition

Claudia Nemath, Vorstandsmitglied Technologie & Innovation der Deutschen Telekom AG
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 communications 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 the next generation 5G or in the fixed network with vectoring or the fiber-optic rollout – fast Internet connections are crucial to economic and social development.

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

Inga Walliser
Inga Walliser

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 and Networks of the Future.


  • 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 by the end of April.
  • We will inform the winners in writing and invite them to our major award ceremony in May 2018.

Terms of participation (full) (PDF)


  • Professor Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt

  • Professor Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt

    • President of Jacobs University Bremen
    • Professor of the Year 2008
    • Alfried Krupp Award for Young Professors
    • Member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Post AG and Fraport AG
    • Member of the executive board of German Logistics Association
    • Developed the study program "International Logistics Engineering and Management" at Jacobs University
    • Mechanical engineering graduate
  • Antje Williams

  • Antje Williams

    • Executive Program Manager
    • Managing Director of T-Mobile HotSpot GmbH
    • Group-wide program management for 5G
    • Development of the architecture and standardization
    • Discussion and development of future business models
    • Law graduate
  • Anett Bronder

  • Anette Bronder

    • Managing Director Digital Division
    • Member of the Executive Board of T-Systems International
    • Innovative Cloud Solutions
    • Senior Leadership Team
    • Many years active handball player in German National League
    • Master in Economics and Social Sciences
  • 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 (Dipl.-Ing. (FH))
    • Telecommunications technician apprenticeship
  • Cem Ergün-Müller

  • Cem Ergün-Müller

    • Head of Digital Open Space Berlin
    • T-Labs business division
    • Development of digitization pilots beyond Group boundaries
    • Advisor and supporter of the Digital Agenda, Berlin
    • MBA in economics
    • Master of Enterprise Information Management



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