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Women’s STEM Award 2019: We are back!

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Our Women’s STEM Award is now in its sixth year… We are looking forward to a year full of STEM talent, exciting bachelor's and master's theses, and innovations in the hottest growth areas – and it's not only happening within Germany. Whether it's students in Asia, the Americas, Africa, Australia or Europe – we look forward to international exchanges.

Why the Women’s STEM Award?

The future belongs to STEM students. New technological innovations are being announced daily in the media. In times of digitization – with topics such as #artificial intelligence, #IoT, #network of the future and #cyber security – the STEM environment offers multifaceted fields of research and great opportunities for starting a career – it's long since stopped being just for men. Are you a STEM student and currently writing your thesis, either for a bachelor's or master's degree? Then let's have it! Use this chance to become a winner in the 2019 Women’s STEM Award and secure one of the prizes totaling € 5,500.
Here you can send your application.

The Women’s STEM Award: What is in store for you?

Let's look back on this year's award. The number of innovation fields seems endless. In order to stay true to the current spirit of the times, each year we select four top-topic fields that are setting the course for the future. The promising thesis entries received for the 2018 Women’s STEM Award demonstrate that we hit the mark with the fields we chose: artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), networks of the future and cyber security. And at the height of summer, the day finally came: Deutsche Telekom, together with our partners audimax Medien and MINT Zukunft schaffen (Creating a STEM future), presented the Women’s STEM Award, including the attractive prize money, to a total of five winners. Furthermore, we got to meet two dozen national and international participants who were able to persuade the jury via the diversity of the theses they submitted. The top prize winner Karolina Stosio explains in her master's thesis how AI can recognize an image utilizing only a minimal amount of information. More specifically, the grad student analyzed "deep neural networks," the AI technology that's receiving the most attention right now. Other theses such as autonomous switch engines or algorithms for new early-warning security systems brought more graduate students to the winner's podium.

Winners of the 2018 Women’s STEM Award

Winners of the 2018 Women’s STEM Award with patron Claudia Nemat, member of Deutsche Telekom’s Board of Management, and the entire jury

Our aim with the award is to draw attention to all these exciting STEM topics and to encourage young women in particular to get active in the field.  Board member for Technology & Innovation and patron of the award, Claudia Nemat, had words of encouragement for the young audience at the awards ceremony: "„Women need to conquer the areas of technology and digitalization, otherwise we exclude ourselves from the forces that shape our future! Go STEM, girls!"

Are you also writing a bachelor's or master's thesis in the fields of Cloud, IoT, AI, Cyber Security or Networks of the Future? Then apply now for the Women’s STEM Award 2019. We look forward to your contribution!