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  • 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report

Promoting STEM education in Germany

Our contribution to the SDGs

As a future-minded telecommunications and technology company, we depend on well-qualified talent, in particular in the STEM img 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 profiles 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 16 percent 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 attractiveness 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” (Creating 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, conducting 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 Fellowship aimed at young scientists.