Women’s STEM Award 2017/2018

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 2017/2018.

Our overall winner:

  • Karolina Stosio convinced with her Master Thesis: „What do deep neural networks see“ in the category „Artificial Intelligence“ and achieved the overall win. The winner from the Technical University of Berlin will receive a prize money of 3.000 €.

Happy winners of the 500€ prize are:

  • Noor ul Ain in the category „Cyber Security“ with her Master Thesis: “Evaluation of machine learning algorithms in the context of security information and event management“ (Technical University of Munich).
  • Susanne Schwarzmann in the category „Networks of the Future” with her  Master Thesis: “Measurement-based comparison of different application-network interaction approaches” (University of Würzburg).
  • Nur harfida Jepri nor in category “Internet of Things“ with her Bachelor Thesis: „The feasibility study of implementing a collaborative robot to optimise the soldering process for the refinement of the automotive glass“ (Hochschule of Niederrhein).
  • Johanna Gleichauf in the category „Artificial Intelligence“ with her Master Thesis: „Sensorfusion für die Hinderniserkennung einer autonomen Rangierlok“ (Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm).

Not only our five winners will be invited to the award ceremony, but also some other award participants can look forward to exclusive tickets which we will personally send in the coming days!

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

All information on Women's STEM Award 2017/2018

 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.

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 +++

Anette Bronder

Professor Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt

​​​​​​​+++ 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 +++

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 +++

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 +++

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 +++

Sign up here with the following documents:

  • Thesis
  • CV

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

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.

MINT Zukunft schaffen


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