A worldwide invitation for experts and researchers to provide innovative solutions in the field of “Data distribution in home networks”.

Thank you for the participation!

Important: The first step is to submit only your idea, a teaser to what you would later elaborate.

This needs to be submitted by 11th of April 2021. Those selected will then be notified via eMail by 5th of May 2021 and will have the time to submit their final work by 2nd of August 2021.

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Who can apply

Smart individuals or teams from all over the world who are employed at universities, R&D institutions or corporates & startups can apply and submit their proposals.


Professors, Postdocs & Students 

R&D Institutes

Researchers & Development Experts 

Corporates & Startups

Industry Experts & Developers 

The people or teams who submitted the winning ideas will receive the prize money for private use!

Scroll down and find out more about this year’s Telekom Challenge!

Challenge Focus

The Telekom Challenge solicits technologies and research ideas in the realm of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). This year the challenge topic is called “Data distribution in home networks” with the ambition to find out how data distribution in the home network will be done in the future (beyond Wi-Fi) & how to make it secure? The Telekom Challenge will run in two streams and applicants can choose between one of the following in which they wish to participate!

Research Stream

Life beyond the status quo – deliver a research paper by focusing on the following key question.

What will be next to Wi-Fi and beyond to ensure Data distribution in home networks?

How can we secure Data distribution in home networks?

Development Stream

Deliver measurable improvement in the form of a technical Proof of Concept by focusing on the following key question.

Telekom Challenge


The winning proposals from Research and Development Stream will receive the following amount of prize money.

Research Stream

1. Prize


2. Prize


3. Prize


Development Stream

1. Prize


2. Prize


3. Prize




15.01. – 11.04.2021

Experts and Researchers (individual persons & teams) from academia, R&D institutes and industry submit their solution.

TOP 10 Selection

12.04. – 04.05.2021

An expert jury will look for best proposals and select TOP 10 submissions for each participation stream for the next stage.


05.05. – 02.08.2021

Selected TOP 10 submissions for both streams can now start to work on the proposed technical solution or research paper.

TOP 3 Selection

03.08. – 20.08.2021

An expert jury will look for best solutions and select TOP 3 for each participation stream.

Award Ceremony

September 2021

Following the final solution review in both streams, TOP 3 will be rewarded during an award ceremony in Berlin.*


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Telekom Challenge One Pager

Hereby you can see the most important information about the Telekom Challenge at a glance.


Telekom Challenge – Call for Action

Alexander Lautz (Head of T-Labs) calls for action to apply with your idea for the Telekom Challenge. Start your challenge now!