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Schneider Electric international student challenge: 7th Go Green in the City

Schneider Electric – the global specialist in energy management and automation, has just launched Go Green in the City for the seventh year running. This annual global challenge for business and engineering students is aimed at promoting innovative energy management ideas for smart cities.

From February 13th to May 12th, 2017, business and engineering bachelor, master or MBA students from all over the world are welcome to join the challenge.

By forming teams of two, with at least one woman to encourage diversity and inclusion, they will be required to submit a case study illustrating their ideas for innovative energy management solutions in cities for one of the four basic Schneider business challenge topics: Strategy & Technology, cooling solution energy efficiency, Energy Storage & Efficiency, Integrated urban energy systems or focus on any unique idea for going green.

Participation in the competition is growing each year:

Created in 2011, the competition attracts more student teams every year, showing that soon-to-be professionals are eager to discover Schneider Electric, its expertise and culture of innovation, while working on a business case, with the opportunity to meet experts and receive career advice. In 2016, 16,466 participants registered worldwide from 180 countries, leading to 1,184 submissions.

In China alone, the number of participants dramatically increased by 1,075% compared to 2015. In 2016, the winning team was from the University of Applied Sciences FH Aachen, Germany, for their idea of an innovative off-grid wind and pump solution to provide the rural agricultural communities with access to clean energy at a low-cost.

“The increased interest in Go Green in the City is a strong sign that future engineers and leaders are sensitive to the planet’s environmental challenges and keen to find solutions. In addition to offering students an exciting opportunity to showcase their talents in a gender equitable setting, this annual contest provides Schneider Electric with significant visibility as a leading global employer, helping us to attract the best talents in the long term, said Olivier Blum, Chief Human Resources Officer at Schneider Electric.

By sharing our expertise and mentoring the contestants, we are able to share our values, our visions of innovation at every level, with connected energy management and automation technologies as well as our commitment to diversity”.

The 100 semi-finalist team selection will be announced on June 9th. They will have two months to work with a mentor from Schneider Electric in order to help them to create a synopsis and a video presentation of their idea. After the 12 finalist teams are revealed on August 7th, 2017, they will be flown to Paris (France) to compete in the grand finale from October 9th to 13th, 2017. The winning team shall travel the world, VIP-style, visiting Schneider Electric facilities, networking with employees and high-level management. They will also receive job offers from Schneider Electric in their home countries.

To learn more about the Go Green in the City Challenge, please visit:www.gogreeninthecity.com and follow the challenge on the Facebook and Twitter pages.

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