Go Green in the City is one of the biggest global student competitions for engineering and business students worldwide.
Schneider Electric SA has launched its ninth annual global student contest for two-member teams to find bold ideas and innovative solutions for smarter, more energy-efficient and sustainable cities.
Engineering and business students across the country are encouraged to pit their world-class creative spirit, their ever-growing technology skills, their environmental wokeness, and their solution-centric thinking against students from over 3,000 universities around the world and submit their winning competition entries – to make a green difference and win big.
The deadline for the first submission is 25 May.
The four categories in Go Green in the City 2019 are:
- Buildings of the Future
- Plants of the Future
- Grids of the Future
- Sustainability and Access to Energy
The stakes for Go Green in the City competitors are high and they have a chance to impact the powering of the digital economy. The winning team will win job offers from Schneider Electric, and an all inclusive international trip to two cities of their choice where Schneider Electric has offices.
They will also attend the Schneider Electric Global Innovation Summit 2019, a two-day event on 2, 3 October 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, for Schneider Electric experts and world-leading industry thinkers who will be sharing their insights and bold ideas on the challenges and opportunities of Powering the Digital Economy. Students will be able to network with and be mentored by industry leaders at the Summit.
Women in Energy Award
One all-female team from the semi-finals will win the Women in Energy Award, securing a place in the finals and a cash prize of USD1,000.
Zanélle Dalglish, Schneider Electric’s Head of Sustainable Development & Academy, Anglophone Africa Cluster, says, “We know that South African students have what it takes to bring home the top prize for this global competition. Our challenges in this country relating to energy efficiency and sustainability are extreme – and our students are expected to be at the forefront of finding solutions. Schneider Electric SA is in the business of partnering with innovative thinkers and we want to make a difference in providing access to energy for all South Africans. We invite our bright young engineering and business students to turn their minds to this Go Green in the City 2019 challenge – and put themselves on the path to a very bright future.” Dalglish adds that in line with Schneider Electric’s commitment to bridging the gender gap, South African student teams must include at least one female member.
Go Green in the City is a major annual student event, and in 2018, over 24,000 young innovators from more than 3,000 universities in 163 countries took part, of whom 58% were women.
In 2019, the competition should attract even more interest, thanks to the four specific topic categories. The challenges are connected to Schneider Electric’s sustainability business strategy and reflect the company’s commitment to the 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.
Olivier Blum, Global Chief Human Resources Officer at Schneider Electric commented, “The young generation today faces 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. “Through the competition, we networked with Schneider Electric experts and had a chance to learn about sustainability challenges in the world,” commented Zvirevo.
Teams must be composed of two students attending accredited business, engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics and other sciences schools. They must be from the same country or region for the duration of the competition. The deadline for submissions is 25 May 2019.