More than 200 applications were submitted for Germany's first digital scholarship: Think Digital. After an exciting selection process, 20 scholarship recipients were selected, who celebrated the kick-off on November 29 in the Burda bar together with the Internet Business Cluster (IBC) association and the partners and sponsors of the scholarship.
Within the next year, the 20 scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to network in the digital industry, develop ideas, start projects, and further their education. They are supported by mentors from the IBC companies. That is the case because Think Digital was initiated by the IBC to promote young digital talents in the Munich metropolitan area. For companies, digitization demands adapted digital processes in everyday work, new ideas and solutions and, above all, a qualified workforce for completely new job profiles.
"As a partner of the IBC, furthering academic talent is pivotal to us. The digital scholarship is an important step towards bringing together science, business, and practice and thus consistently advancing the digital location of Munich," explains Olaf Christiansen, Head of Human Resources and member of the management board at HSE24. In addition to the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University of Munich and the University of Regensburg, leading German digital companies are participating in this cooperation. In addition to HSE24, Hubert Burda Media, Xing as well as Messe München, the Hoffmann Group and the Google Future Workshop are involved. The patron of Think Digital is the Bavarian Minister of State for Digital Affairs, Judith Gerlach.
Impressive practical experience of scholarship recipients
The 20 scholarship recipients distinguish themselves not only through excellent academic achievements, they have also gained a great deal of experience in practice and research. One of the scholarship recipients, Sonja Goehrlich, for example, developed a language assistant for patients in hospitals. This system can help hospital staff to classify and prioritize the calls for help from all patient rooms in advance: Does a patient just want to turn on the TV or do they need medical assistance? "I am really looking forward to the next weeks and the workshops and coaches that will support us. For me, the scholarship is above all a great opportunity to network in this community, to come up with new ideas, and find an exciting topic for my master's thesis," says Sonja Goehrlich.
More information on the Think Digital scholarship can be found here.