Women's STEM Award 2021

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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!

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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 and the recording of the prize giving ceremony here





5 strategic growth fields

Internet of Things

Artificial Intelligence

Cyber Security

Networks of the Future

The process


Your thesis (Bachelor / Master / Diploma thesis) can be written in English or German and must have been submitted within the last 18 months.


A jury of experts will review all of the papers submitted and select the winning pieces of work. All winners of Women’s STEM Award 2021 will be officially announced at the prize giving ceremony.


The winner's trophy and a total of 5,500 € prize money will be solemnly handed over to our winners. 





Award Ceremony

The winner's trophy and a total of 5,500 € prize money will be solemnly handed over to our winners in Bonn or virtually. 

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