SOCIETY A RELIABLE PARTNER IN THE DIGITAL WORLD Honing skills 100 The “Yes, I can!” initiative supports another 82 digital competence projects With the “Yes, I can!” initiative, the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung teaches young people key skills for an independent and confident life in the digi- tal world. In 2018, the initiative funded 82 open youth work projects focused on teaching media and digital skills. Under the banner “key skills for the digital world”, 340 institutes submitted their concepts. As in previous years, the total funding in 2018 amounted to approximately 600,000euros. The age of the children and young people in the funded projects is between 9 and 16. Just under 1,300projects throughout Germany have already received funding from the “Yes, I can!” initiative, with more than 6millioneuros being awarded since it was launched eight years ago. Media Prize for Educational Journalism The Media Prize for Educational Journalism, which the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung has presented since 2014, is the only award in the whole of Germany to exclusively honor contributions to educational journalism. The aim of the award is to raise public awareness of educa- tion issues and give educational journalists the appreciation they deserve for their vital work. From 100 or so submissions, a panel of five judges led by Hans Werner Kilz selected the following winners: Print category: Bastian Berbner and Henning Sussebach for “In Braunschweig, 48percent of students are qualified to enter univer- sity. In Cloppenburg, it’s 18percent. How is that possible?” (featured in DIE ZEIT, March 15, 2018) Audio/Video/Multimedia category: First prize awarded to Alexan- der Kleider for “Berlin Rebel High School” (Dok-Werk Filmkoopera- tive/Westdeutscher Rundfunk, cinema release on May 11, 2017) Best short piece: Award winner Christine Roskopf for “What do you believe? When religions learn together” (tvision/Westdeutscher Rundfunk for DAS ERSTE, June 17, 2017) Sonar education magazine In today’s digital age, we are consuming information at an increasingly rapid pace. Getting to the heart of complex topics often calls for more than a cursory glance, however. We need to take the time to consider such matters from all angles and other perspectives, which is precisely what the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung’s “Sonar” education magazine sets out to achieve. Published twice a year, the magazine discusses relevant educational topics in the form of interviews, essays and service articles across 32 pages. PROMOTING STEM EDUCATION IN GERMANY As a future-minded telecommunications and technology company, we depend on well-qualified talent, in particular in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). We therefore plow a great deal of effort into introducing young people to these subject areas and sparking their interest in STEM content. One example of how we do this is with our Code+Design Camps, where IT experts help youngsters carry out their own IT projects. We also aim to improve training and development in IT professions, which we do by devising new job pro- files such as cyber security professionals. It is particularly important to us to increase the ratio of women in STEM education. We are convinced that diversity helps us remain competitive around the world with good ideas and outstanding products and consolidate our position as an attractive employer. It is still difficult, however, to interest young women in technical training, which is partially down to the fact there is still an insufficient number of female role models in the field. In our technical cooperative study programs we were able to increase the ratio of women from eleven percent in 2010 to almost 16percent by the end of 2018 – but we don’t consider this to be enough, by far. International Women’s STEM Award By presenting the Women’s STEM Award, we aim to increase the attrac- tiveness of STEM subjects and encourage women to choose careers in these areas. The prize is awarded annually in collaboration with the “audimax” student magazine and the “MINT Zukunft schaffen” (Creat- ing a STEM future) initiative. It is presented for thesis papers written by female STEM graduates from across the globe that focus on one of the following key growth areas: cloud technology, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cyber security, or networks of the future. For the 2017/18 award, 30 thesis papers were submitted by candidates in different countries such as Finland, the UK, India, Italy, Croatia, the Netherlands, Austria, Romania, Russia, and the United States. Among the subjects covered, artificial intelligence (AI) proved to be the firm favorite. Karolina Stosio from Technische Universität Berlin was chosen as the overall winner for her paper on how AI can recognize an image using a minimum amount of information. At the award ceremony on June 21, 2018 in Bonn, Germany, Stosio received a 3,000-euro cash prize for her work. RoboNight in Saarland During the “RoboNights” at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Saarbrücken, students are introduced to technical subjects in a fun way. The event gives schoolchildren in grades six to eleven an insight into the mechanical engineering and programming of robots. As in previous years, Deutsche Telekom was the main sponsor of the 2018 RoboNight, bringing virtual reality to life at its booth. Teams of schoolchildren were given the opportunity to take part in a competition and show off their skills in engineering and programming robots. The lucky winners received a robot kit and an invitation to the Telekom Design Gallery in Bonn. There, they can see for themselves what will be possible with robots in the future, in virtual reality, and in the connected home. STEM projects run by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung The Deutsche Telekom Stiftung promotes STEM education, too, con- ducting various projects including STEM reading mentors, The Future of STEM Learning, the “Inquisitive minds” day-care center competition, the FundaMINT grant program for student teachers, and the annually awarded STEM Didactics Fellowshipaimed at young scientists. PARTNER IN THE DEUTSCHE ARBEITGEBERPREIS FÜR BILDUNG (GERMAN EMPLOYER PRIZE FOR EDUCATION) – COOPERATION WINS Together with Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom sponsors the annual Arbeitgeberpreis für Bildung. This prize recognizes educational ideas, initiatives, and concepts at all levels of education – early-years, school, vocational, and university – that successfully implement new, pioneer- ing ways of learning. It is presented at the Deutscher Arbeitgebertag in front of an audience of thousands drawn from society, politics, and the business world.