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“Go Green in the City” helps students “gain a foothold in our industry”

February 23, 2018 | By Ellen Cools

Go Green in the City 2017 finalists at Schneider Electric's headquarters. Courtesy Schneider Electric

February 23, 2018 — Schneider Electric has launched its eighth year of “Go Green in the City,” an annual global contest that invites business and engineering students to find solutions for more energy-efficient cities.  

Last year, the competition saw nearly 20,000 students from 3,000 universities in 180 countries take part.

“Schneider Electric has a bold vision to solve our planet’s energy paradox,” said Olivier Blum, chief HR officer, Schneider Electric. “Go Green in the City was designed as a platform for young innovators to become a part of this vision. Helping students to develop their bold ideas for new sustainable solutions, and gain a foothold in our industry is a great way for us to accelerate positive change.”

Teams of two students (at least one of which is female) attending accredited business or engineering schools, will submit ideas in one of five categories:


• Sustainability and inclusivity
• “No boundaries/bold ideas for going green”
• The digital economy
• Smart supply chain
• Cyber security

The latter three categories were added this year to reflect a “greater focus on digitization,” says Schneider. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2018.  

All shortlisted teams will then work with a mentor from Schneider Electric to produce viable business cases to present at one of seven regional semi-finals over the summer in Europe, North America, China, India, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa and South America.

The finalists — the seven regional winners, an “outstanding” all-female team and two “wild-card” teams— will be announced on September 3, 2018.

After a second round of mentoring, the ten teams will meet at the final in the U.S. in the fall. The winning team will be offered the chance to start a career at Schneider Electric after a traveling the world to visit two company locations of their choice, says Schneider.

Visit gogreeninthecity.com to learn more.

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