Bayer Digital Campus Challenge 2019

In the fourth consecutive year we invite you to take on the global challenge in answering the question ‘How digital will Bayer be in 2030’?

Digitalization takes in a part in every one of us and we, as Bayer, ask ourselves how we can use new technologies to improve people’s lives. If you’re an enrolled student in your bachelor’s, master’s or PhD’s in a STEM related field and have an idea on one of the four topics, join this year’s Digital Campus Challenge!

Topics cover:

Machine & Deep Learning

A particularly exciting subject is machine learning. The idea of cognitive artificial intelligence sounds simple yet revolutionary. However, its application at Bayer is proving to be more difficult than expected, and is not fully implemented at the present stage. Do you have an idea for a new use of machine learning in everyday work? Could machine learning perhaps improve data quality, automatic processes, or even flexible pricing strategies? Could machine learning enable real-time auditing, a development that would greatly simplify our day-to-day work?

What ideas do you associate with Machine Learning and Bayer?

Data Science

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence are important research fields. Technologies in those fields are here to stay and will become more important in the years to come. How can Data Science and Artificial Intelligence transform the life science industries? How can they help shorten time to market for medicines, for example? Imagine the possibilities that combining the right data will bring to farmers, consumers, and patients. Give us your ideas and functional solutions in this research area.

We are curious about how you see the future of Data Science at Bayer.

Cloud & Integration Computing

Everyone knows cloud applications from their personal lives already. Streaming movies, music, or storing pictures are everyday uses of the cloud. Complete IT landscapes are now moving to the cloud, which brings new challenges. How can different clouds be integrated so that they speak to each other? How are streams of data managed? How can end-to-end operation in decoupled systems be ensured? How can we make sure data is stored securely in the cloud? Show us how cloud & integration computing technologies can be integrated into the IT landscape of a life science company and how end users can benefit from it.

Do you have new ideas for the future of Cloud & Integration Computing?

IT Security

Almost every day, there is a news story about a data security breach at a big company. Data privacy and IT security are of utmost importance. Imagine the loss of reputation if a pharmaceutical company discloses sensitive patient data from a clinical study. Or imagine if financial statements, employee data, or research results are made public unintentionally. Think about which solutions can be implemented to increase security and tell us how IT security can be reimagined and built into the DNA of every system and process. In a nutshell: how will IT security change in the future?

In a nutshell: how will IT Security change in the future?


We’re eager to broaden our spectrum of innovation in digital health. You will be able to sell your idea to Bayer or to develop it in collaboration with Bayer’s team.

Regardless of whether your studies are focused on IT, engineering, medical informatics, bioinformatics or any IT-focused background – your ideas matter. By believing that everything is possible, you can give free rein to your creativity and innovative ideas while working in teams of 2-5 students.

What’s in it for you?

After the review of all ideas by our peers, four teams with the most potential ideas will be invited to Leverkusen as to pitch in front of a jury of experts. The winning team with the most convincing pitch and idea wins a trip to Berlin.

If getting first hand contact with Bayer sounds like you, visit the registration page and submit your idea:

Register now!