The Friedrich Schiedel Foundation, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Hochschule für Politik München have been awarding the Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics and Technology since 2018 to promote and convey a deeper understanding of the interactions between politics, society and technology. The prize has been awarded to top-class personalities from science, politics, business and other areas of public life. The prize money is intended to honor the merits of the personality in his or her field of activity and to enable a guest stay of several weeks at the Hochschule für Politik München and TUM School of Governance. In times of demographic change, the TUM is more than ever obliged to pass on knowledge and experience to the next generation in order to help secure the future of Germany as a center of science and research.
Prof. Kathleen Thelen received the 2020 Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics and Technology in recognition of her impressive research work in the field of comparative American political economy, in particular the regulation of new technologies and large technology companies such as Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Uber or Google.
Prof. Henry Farrell received the 2019 Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics and Technology in recognition of his outstanding contributions to political science and multidisciplinary research and in recognition of his pioneering work and scientific leadership in developing new theoretical approaches to understanding the political consequences of rapidly changing information technologies.
The "Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics and Technology 2018" was awarded to Helen Margetts, Professor at Oxford University and Director of the Public Policy Program at London's Alan Turing Institute. The jury thus honored Margetts' outstanding pioneering work on the topic of "Governance in the Digital Age".