„TechAcademy“ are students of the year!


"TechAcademy" of Goethe Universität-Frankfurt am Main are students of the year

  • 20-member group of students at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main organizes free IT classes for students of all subjects
  • awarded from Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV - German University Association) and Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW).
  • Student initiative founded in 2018 already counts 250 alumni from 56 courses of study
  • 5,000 euros prize money donated by Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

Bonn/Berlin, 18 March 2021
. The student initiative "TechAcademy" of Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main will be honored this year as "student of the year" by Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV) and Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW).

The "TechAcademy", which was founded in 2018 and now has about 20 students, pursues the goal of promoting the digital competence of their fellow students from all subjects with free classes. As volunteer mentors, they impart a basic understanding of programming even to fellow students with no prior knowledge. The "TechAcademy" approach is considered to be easy and, in IT, which has a strong male connotation, is also meant to adress women. About half of the participants in the "TechAcademy" seminars are female.

Since its founding in fall 2018, more than 250 students from eleven departments and over 56 different courses of study have learned programming in the field of Data Science (Python or R) or Web Development (HTML, JavaScript, CSS) within one semester at the "TechAcademy". Each semester, 80 students learn the basics of programming or advanced skills in a structured program.

The "student of the year" award was presented by the DHV and DSW for the sixth time. The award honores students who demonstrate outstanding commitment that goes beyond their academic achievements and should be as unique and innovative as possible. According to the opinion of the six-member DHV/DSW jury, the TechAcademy fulfills these criteria through its extraordinary and in every respect exemplary commitment.

Officially, the TechAcademy students will be honored on 31 May 2021, at the online "Gala der Deutschen Wissenschaft" of Deutscher Hochschulverband. The gala will be streamed. The award comes with prize money of 5,000 euros, donated by Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.

Website of “TechAcademy“

The students of the year are:
Georgios Brussas, Natnael Fekade, Filip Dos Santos, Lukas Jürgensmeier, Jonathan Ratschat, Tahir Simsek, Felix Schneider, Benjamin Lucht, Daniel Schulz, Bianca Lakomiec, Dunja Djebbari, Lara Zaremba, Manuel Mair am Tinkhof, Tom Schwitzkowski, Nadja Wüst, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Reinhild Rülfing, Esnaf Memovic, Mona Stöckl, Pascal Klimmesch, Daniel Hinz and Jan Zacharias


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