Women’s STEM Award 2021

At the virtual prize giving on June 11th, we announced this year’s winners in the categories "Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Cyber Security, Internet of Things and Networks of the Future". Around 160 female graduates from 25 countries competed for the overall victory this time.


A big thank you to all participants for their overwhelming theses.
We wish you all the best for your career in STEM!
Stay safe!

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Congratulations to our seven winners for their excellent theses:

  • Overall winner: Hira Siddiqui (Technical University of Dresden)
    Master Thesis: Credentials as a Service (CaaS)
  •  #1/top Artificial Intelligence: Adna Bliek (University of Groningen, Netherlands & Umeå University Sweden)
    Master Thesis: Backchanneling in Human-Robot Interaction
  • #1/top Cloud: Susanne Rothmund (Technical University of Berlin)
    Master Thesis: Scaling Criteria for Edge Computing
  • #1/top Cyber Security: Tanja Wildner (Technical University of Darmstadt)
    Master Thesis: Applicability of IoT Security Frameworks as Guidelines for Penetration Testing
  • #1/top IoT: Jana Eisoldt (University of Magdeburg)
    Bachelor Thesis: Secure Commissioning of IoT Devices
  • #1/top Networks of the Future: Hannah Brunner (University of Graz, Austria)
    Master Thesis: Bringing Cross-Technology Communication to Life: Implementation of a Gateway-Free Smart Home using Off-The-Shelf Devices

Special Acknowledgement Prize

The jury has decided to award a special prize in addition for a thesis that has achieved great scientific results under difficult conditions. A recognition to support young women in emerging or developing countries.

  • #1/top Special Acknowledgement Prize: Chathurangi Ahangama (Sri Lanka)
    Bachelor Thesis: Design of a transmitter and a receiver for audio and music applications using light fidelity technology (LI-FI) (category: Networks of the Future)

More insights of the winners can be read here.

All information on Women's STEM Award 2021

 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 Technology and Innovation



Cloud technologies have become the new normal in many companies! We are looking for theses in which cloud plays a significant role as an enabler technology in the context of digital transformation. The use of Edge or the cloud layer Iaas, PaaS and SaaS in the development of completely new, disruptive business models or the optimization of existing business models (e.g. in the Corona crisis) are of high interest for us. We are looking forward to practical use cases based on cloud technologies from a wide variety of industries (e.g. automotive & manufacturing, logistics, banking & finance, health, retail, public sector etc.).


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

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

Networks are the backbone of our connected society. However, rapidly growing data volumes and increasing complexity are a constant economic and operational challenge. The historical separation between Telecommunication and IT Technologies are blurring and open up a disruptive field of global technology innovation. In addition, innovation in applications provides new possibilities for industry and end customers. Whether with 5G or fiber-optic rollout, ICT-Convergence, Virtualization and Cloudification of Network Functions, AI-based and closed-loop Automation in Operations – crucial for our economic development are scaling, performant and intelligent networks. Inspire us with your ideas on networks of the future!

Tiana Trumpa


+++ XR Innovation Lead +++ Technology and Innovation +++ Product Management +++ 5G +++ Winner of Women’s STEM Award 2015 +++ Femtec Alumna +++ Master of Science in Industrial Engineering +++

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

Peter Lorenz

+++ Vice President Top Program Lead AI +++ Products for Digital
Transformation +++ Leading Initiative Artificial Intelligence
Enterprise +++ Studies in Physics and Product Design +++
PhD Human Computer Interaction +++

Dr. Caren Klingbeil


Head of Indirect Sales & Partnering IoT +++ Partner Management +++ IoT Partner Ecosystem +++ B2B +++ Telekom IoT +++ Agile Working+++ Master of Science in Business Administration+++ Dr.rer.pol. Business Administration +++

Thomas Tschersich

Thomas Tschersich

+++ Chief Security Officer - Deutsche Telekom +++ Managing Director CTO/CSO -
Deutsche Telekom Security +++ Chairman of the Board of Deutschland Sicher im Netz
+++ Member of the German National Cyber Security Council +++ Member of the
German UP Kritis Council +++ Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) +++ Apprenticeship as a
telecommunications technician +++

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

+++ Expert Security Management +++ T-Systems International GmbH +++ Strategic Alignment Internal Security +++ Master of Arts in Europäistik +++ Master of Science in International Management +++

Daniel Breitinger

Daniel Breitinger

+++ Bitkom Digital Association +++ Digital Transformation of the German Educational System +++ Empowerment STEM Education for Girls and young female talents in IT +++ Promotion of Study Programs in Computer Science and Digitization for women +++ M.A. Political Sciences +++

  • 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 together with our external jury member until end of May.
  • We will inform the winners in writing and invite them to our price giving ceremony.

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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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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