Women’s STEM Award 2019

Congratulations to all participants and big thank you!

We are overwhelmed by the great variety of outstanding theses that have reached us. Thank you very much! The selection process is finished, the jury made their choice for the Women's STEM Award 2019:

We congratulate!

Overall winner Artificial Intelligence: Anastasia Zhukova

convinced with her Master Thesis: "Automated Identification of Framing by Word Choice and Labeling to Reveal Media Bias in News Articles“ in the category "Artificial Intelligence“ and achieved the overall win. The winner from University of Konstanz will receive a prize money of 3.000 €!

Happy winners of the 500€ prize are:

Cyber Security: Jeannine Born

with her Bachelor Thesis: “An analysis of live migration strategies for live network deception of highly-interactive adversaries“ (Technical University of Dresden).

Networks of the Future: Katja Ludwig

with her Master Thesis: “Efficient Online Topology-Aware Network Slice Embedding for 5G Mobile Networks” (University of Augsburg/Technical University of Munich).

Internet of Things: Lotte Steenbrink

with her Master Thesis: "Improving Reliability in Wireless Sensor Networks through Interference-Adaptive TSCH Cell Assignment“ (Technical University of Hamburg).

Artificial Intelligence: Theresa Tran

with her Master Thesis: "A Game Theoretical Approach to Explainable Machine Learning“ (Technical University of Darmstadt).

Cloud: Ramona Kühn

with her Master Thesis: "Predictive Cloud Compliance“ (University of Passau).

Thanks again to all participants all over the world. And please take the opportunity that STEM offers such as exciting careers and interesting development opportunities. We wish you all good luck!

Award ceremony with laureates 2019

All information on Women's STEM Award 2019

 Claudia Nemat, Member of the Deutsche Telekom AG Board of Management, Technology and Innovation

Claudia Nemat, Board Member Deutsche Telekom AG, responsible for Technology and Innovation

"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."

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


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

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

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.



With increasing importance of cloud based technologies and the growing number of valuable data, which are stored in it, there appears numerous approaches and research areas, from enabler technology of the internet of things to completely new experiences for the customer. Share with us your vision or practical application examples based on cloud technology!

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

Peter Lorenz

​​​​​​​+++ 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 +++ Graduate Engineer +++

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


+++ 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


+++ Head of Data Analytics IoT & Tribelead Data Intelligence Hub +++ T-Systems +++ Big Data +++ IoT Analytics +++  Artificial Intelligence +++ Agile Working +++ Master of Economics +++

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

We thank our partners meetome and Jungvornweg for their communicative support. In addition, we thank audimax and MINT Zukunft schaffen as our long-term partners.

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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.

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