Future growth fields

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

Women’s STEM Award 2020

Thank you for the numerous excellent theses. Our virtual award ceremony took place on June 24th, 2020. We are proud to announce this year’s winners officially. Our congratulations go to all winners of the Women's MINT Award 2020.

Best wishes to all STEM graduates and all the best for your career in STEM!


Winners Women’s STEM Award 2020:

Overall winner I „Cyber Security“: Ina Fink
Master: „Advanced Access-Control for Smart Devices” (RWTH Aachen)

Overall winner II “Artificial Intelligence”: Mila Gorecki
Bachelor: “Identifying Sources of Unfairness in Bayesian Logistic Regression” (University Tübingen)

Social Impact Sonderpreis I „Netze der Zukunft“: Annika Schröder
Master: „Entwicklung eines Themenfeldes "Digitale Welt" für den Berliner Rahmenlehrplan Sachunterricht“ (Freie Universität Berlin)

Social Impact Sonderpreis II „Artificial Intelligence”: Thurid Jochim
Diplom: „Classifying data to evaluate postural abnormalities with machine learning“ (TU Dresden)


Winners of the individual categories:

Category „Artificial Intelligence“: Noshaba Cheema
Master: „In Silico User Testing for Mid-Air Interactions with Deep Reinforcement Learning” (University Saarland)

Category „Cloud“: Dora Szücs
Master: „Improving the Robustness of Unsupervised Anomaly Detection on Data Streams with Recurrent Neural Networks and Dynamic Thresholding” (TU Berlin)

Category “Cyber Security”: Julia Chelysheva
Bachelor: “Untersuchung zur sicheren Übertragung sensibler Daten via Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2“ (HTW Berlin)

Category „Internet of Things“: Khushboo Qayyum
Master: “Efficient Utilization of on-board Memory in Wireless Underground Sensor Networks” (University Bremen)

Category „Networks of the Future“: Marlene Böhmer
Master: “Real-time Video Streaming and Control for Drones in Cyber-Physical Networks” (University Saarland)

All relevant facts on Women’s STEM Award 2020:

•    First prize: 3,000 Euros, additional prizes: 500 Euros, special prize: 500 Euros
•    Topics referring to the following strategic growth fields: Cloud, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security and Networks of the Future
•    Special prize for Social Impact: How does your work contribute to positively changing our society? This year, we are awarding a special prize to the thesis that deals with one of our five growth areas and furthermore devotes itself in a special way to the topic of Social Impact.
•    Application period: 30th November – 8th March 2020

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

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."


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!

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has long been more than just an abstract vision. 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

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 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.


Sign up here with the following documents:

  • Thesis
  • CV

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 submitted within the last 18 months.
  • Your thesis is related to one of our growth areas of the future: Cloud, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security and Networks of the Future.

Terms of participation (full) (PDF)


  • 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.
  • Special prize Social Impact: 500 Euro for the work that is dedicated to the topic Social Impact in a special way.
  • A jury of experts will review all of the papers submitted and select the winning pieces of work until end of May.
  • We will inform the winners in writing and invite them to our major award ceremony.


  • Angela Maragkopoulou
    Angela Maragkopoulou
  • Angela Maragkopoulou
    • Senior Vice President Business Solution Operations
    • Deutsche Telekom IT GmbH +++ CIO / Technologist
    • Lead-Agile Leader
    • World-Leading IoT
    • Winner of Women in IT Award
    • Data Scientist
    • MBA National Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dr. Caren Klingbeil
  • Dr. Caren Klingbeil
    • Head of Indirect Sales & Partnering IoT
    • Partner Management
    • IoT Partner Ecosystem
    • B2B
    • Telekom IoT
    • Agiles Arbeiten
    • Master of Science in Business Administration
    • Dr.rer.pol. Business Administration
  • 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
  • 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
    • Graduate engineer
  • 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
  • Lena Simons
    Lena Simons
  • Lena Simons
    • Expert Security Management
    • T-Systems International GmbH
    • Strategic Alignment Internal Security
    • Master of Arts in Europäistik
    • Master of Science in International Management
  • Nina Brandau
    Nina Brandau
  • Nina Brandau
    • Bitkom Digital Association
    • Digital Transformation with German Education System
    • Strong Networks for Women in Tech
    • Empowerment STEM Education for Girls and young female talents in IT
    • Master Erasmus Mundus Euroculture


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