Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, launches Go Green in the City 2019, its annual international student competition to bring out bold ideas and innovative solutions for smarter cities, more effective and more sustainable.

Now the ninth edition of Go Green in the City is a major event on the agenda of engineering and business schools around the world. In 2018, more than 24,000 young innovators, 58% of them women, from more than 3,000 universities in 163 countries participated. The challenge of this contest is important for the participants. Not only does it give them the opportunity to make an impact on the transformation of the digital economy, it also gives them the chance to win an international trip to participate in Schneider Electric's Global Innovation Summit 2019, an event of two days which will take place in Barcelona (Spain) on 2 and 3 October. Students will be able to meet experts from Schneider Electric and influential industry players and be mentored. They will be able to share and share with them their bold ideas to lead the transition to a digital economy. Ultimately, they will have the opportunity to get a job at Schneider Electric.

Associate sustainable development and technology
In 2019, the competition should inspire even more interest, thanks in particular to the four thematic categories for which students are invited to submit their bold ideas: Buildings of the future; Plants of the future; Electrical networks of the future; Sustainable development and access to energy.

These challenges are in line with Schneider Electric's sustainable development strategy and reflect its commitment to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Students are invited to share their ideas for redefining the future and presenting sustainable development from a more efficiency perspective. The goal is to link societal and environmental impacts with technology and the business world.

Olivier Blum, Managing Director Global Human Resources at Schneider Electric, says, "The younger generation faces tremendous challenges in creating a better future. A sustainable future can only become a reality if we help and empower young people to become a force for innovation. I am pleased that Go Green in the City is becoming a platform for developing their ideas for a better future. "

A continuous learning path for students
Zvirevo Chisadza and Tariro Cynthia Mutsindikwa, both students at the Institute of Water and Energy Sciences at the Pan-African University in Algeria, shared their enthusiasm as winners of Go Green in the City 2018: " Go Green in the City 2018 has been an amazing experience for me. It all started with a little idea that thanks to the help of our mentors at Schneider Electric has become a great idea that we have improved and that helps to fight against hunger in the world, "says Tariro Cynthia. "Through the competition, we have built a network with experts from Schneider Electric and have had the opportunity to learn a lot about the challenges facing the world in terms of sustainable development," adds Zvirevo.

Teams must consist of two students in business school, engineering, physics, computer science, or mathematics. They must be based in the same country or region for the duration of the contest. Each team must be made up of at least one woman, in accordance with Schneider Electric's Diversity and Inclusion Policy. The deadline for submitting an application is May 25, 2019.


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