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Siemens Stiftung Newsletter
Issue 13 | July 2016

    “Seizing digital opportunities – bridging the digital divide”

Education and digitalization were at the heart of this year’s National STEM Summit in Berlin. On June 2, business leaders, government officials, and the scientific community were invited by the “Nationales MINT Forum” (German STEM Forum) to discuss how Germany must shape the digital transformation to benefit as many people as possible. The keynote speech was delivered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Over 30 institutes working toward better STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education outlined six core demands for better digital education, which were introduced at the summit by Nathalie von Siemens and Thomas Sattelberger as spokespersons for the Forum.

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The six core demands


News from the projects

    Cooperation with UNESCO and INNOVEC strengthens STEM education in Mexico

We’re looking forward to working together with UNESCO's office in Mexico and the non-profit education organization INNOVEC. The collaboration focuses on advancing science and technology education for preschool children. The approach involves sparking an interest for kids - especially girls - in the STEM subjects and improving their skills. Siemens Stiftung’s international education program Experimento is being implemented at 150 schools in ten Mexican states as part of the initiative.

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    Foundations launch initiative for digital teaching and learning in Germany

How can digital media be used to improve education in Germany? The Forum Education and Digitalisation seeks to answer that question by increasing understanding of the opportunities, preconditions, and appropriate strategies for successful digital education in Germany. The initiative functions as a platform for relevant stakeholders from the education branch, government, science, economics, and society. Alongside Deutsche Telekom Stiftung, the initiative enjoys the support of Bertelsmann Stiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Siemens Stiftung. Funding is provided by Stiftung Mercator.

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    “THE BRIDGING CHALLENGE:” Integration and innovation by refugees for refugees

Several approaches have been developed during the wave of migration to Germany in the past year to help refugees become better integrated into the German workforce. However, these concepts have often been one-sided, failing to incorporate the ideas and expectations of the refugees themselves. Along with the international education platform The DO School, we spoke with refugees on this subject as part of a three-week innovation workshop in Berlin. The result is an innovative approach that allows refugees and employers to connect more effectively.

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    Marek Wallenfels becomes the new managing director of SolarFountain

Since April, Marek Wallenfels has served as the managing director of SolarFountain gGmbH, which was founded by Siemens Stiftung and Solarkiosk AG. The non-profit SolarFountain seeks to provide access to clean drinking water and solar energy to people who live in remote regions of Africa. By creating an innovative, comprehensive, and sustainable supply structure, SolarFountain can improve the quality of life in African communities and offer local entrepreneurs an opportunity to conduct business using a social franchise model.

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    Performing arts academies in Latin America strengthen collaboration on the continent

This year sees the fifth edition of the EXPERIMENTA SUR and MOVIMIENTO SUR academies. The academies focus on spatial-temporal relations, the ethics of actions, and feedback methods in art and society. Artists span the gap between art and the public and create new societal impulses. The academies in Bogotá und Santiago de Chile, which date back to 2012/2013, were initiated by Siemens Stiftung and offer space for artists to reflect and collaborate on the Latin American continent.

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    Siemens Stiftung joins Practical Impact Alliance of MIT D-Lab

Members of the Siemens Stiftung “empowering people. Network” are set to work with Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) at the D-Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. The goal is to harness the collaborative learning strength of leading players to make the fight against global poverty better and more efficient. The working groups focus on impact assessment, scaling of pilot projects, and integrated design and innovation.

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July 2016
Munich, Germany


Job opening
Siemens Stiftung is looking for a project manager for local infrastructure projects in Africa.


July 31, 2016


Applications close for “SAMforSE” coaching program
After taking part in the “Self-Assessment Manual for Social Entrepreneurs” (SAMforSE), social entrepreneurs have the opportunity to apply for a coaching program.


August 16, 2016


“empowering people. Award” shortlist and community voting
23 inventions with potential to land among the top three will be presented; members of the audience may cast their vote in community voting.


August 28 - September 2, 2016
Stockholm, Sweden


World Water Week 2016
This year’s international water conference focuses on the subject of “Water for Sustainable Growth.”


October 6, 2016
Berlin, Germany


“empowering people. Award” ceremony
The winners of the international “empowering people. Award” will be announced; 200,000 euros in prize money awaits.


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