Rueil-Malmaison (France), November 21, 2013 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, launched the fourth edition of Go Green in the City, a global business case challenge focusing on innovative energy solutions for cities. Throughout the prior three competition periods, Schneider Electric found tremendous success and strong interest from students and universities, confirming Schneider Electric's growing international appeal.
The increased interest in energy issues from students all over the world--and particularly new economies--was important to develop and launch a new and extended edition of the contest to worldwide countries. The Go Green in the City 2014 case challenge is now positioned as the definitive global student competition for green energy solutions, with more than a dozen new countries participating, bringing the total number of countries participating to 31. The increased global interest in the contest demonstrates that future engineers are more aware that the increasing demand for electrical power needs to be balanced with social awareness and environmental protection. Besides the increased number of countries joining the global contest, the promotion aims to increase the global, local and online exposure of the contest and identify candidates for local country recruitment activity.
From November 15, 2013, to February 15, 2014, business and engineering bachelor (2nd year and on), master or MBA students are welcome to join the challenge and make up the two member teams, with at least one of the members being a female. Each team will submit an idea for viable energy management solutions within one of the five basic urban sectors (residential, university, business, water and hospitals). To gain expert tips and a unique insight into one of the leading energy management companies of the world, students can unlock a creative challenge through a new online game quiz on smart cities thematic. So far, more than 1744 pre-registrations representing 81 nationalities have already been received.
On February 28, 2014, the 100 semi-finalist teams will be announced and will have a month to work on a case study with the help of a Schneider Electric employee mentor. They will create a synopsis and a video business case for their idea and submit them for evaluation. Then, the 12 best teams will be invited to Paris in June 2014 to compete in the live final at our global headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison. The winning team will travel the world, VIP-style, with Schneider Electric, visiting facilities, networking with employees and high-level management, and furthermore, the team will be offered an employment opportunity.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 140,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.