Schneider Electric works technology with sustainability for ‘Go Green in the City’

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Go Green in the City 2018 finalists at Schneider Electric’s Innovation Summit in Atlanta, USA.

A leader in digital transformation in energy management and automation, Schneider Electric, recently launched its annual global student contest to find bold ideas and innovative solutions for smarter, more energy-efficient and sustainable cities.

Dubbed Go Green in the City 2019, the competition invites students to submit their bold ideas in one of these four categories: “Buildings of the Future”, “Plants of the Future”, “Grids of the Future” and “Sustainability and Access to Energy”. It is a major event for business and engineering students worldwide now in its ninth year. In 2018, over 24,000 young innovators from more than 3,000 universities in 163 countries took part, including 58% women.

The stakes for Go Green in the City competitors are high. They not only get a chance to make an impact in powering the digital economy, but also the chance to win an international trip to Schneider Electric’s Global Innovation Summit 2019, a 2-days event on 2nd and 3rd  October, 2019 in Barcelona Spain.

A trip that will bring together Schneider Electric experts and world-leading industry thinkers to share insights and bold ideas on the challenges and opportunities of Powering the Digital Economy. Students will have opportunities to be connected and be mentored by industry experts, and to ultimately work for Schneider.

This year, the competition is expected to attract even more interest, thanks to the four specific topic categories! The challenges are connected to Schneider Electric’s sustainability business strategy and reflects the company’s commitment with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), inviting students to share ideas to reshape the future and show a more effective side of sustainability: the connection of the social and environmental impacts with technology and the business world.

Students will be in teams composing of two attending accredited business, engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics and other sciences schools and must be from the same country or region for the duration of the competition. Each team should include at least one female member, in line with Schneider Electric’s policy of promoting Diversity and Inclusion.

Olivier Blum, Global Chief Human Resources Officer at Schneider Electric commented, “The young generation today face considerable challenges in creating a bright future for themselves. Achieving a sustainable world future is only possible when empowering young people and helping them to become a driving force for innovation. I am proud that Go Green in the City has become a platform for students to develop their ideas for a better tomorrow.”

Zvirevo Chisadza and Tariro Cynthia Mutsindikwa, from Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences in Algeria, shared their excitement as 2018 Go Green in the City global winners: “My Go Green in the City 2018 competition journey was such an amazing experience. It all started as a small idea but through the help of the Schneider Electric mentors it became big and more defined to fight against the world hunger”, said Tariro Cynthia.

The deadline for submissions is May 25th, 2019. For more information, please visit: gogreeninthecity.se.com

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