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Article Date: 22nd June 2017

Schneider Electric Names the Semi-Finalists of its International Challenge Go Green in the City 2017

Innovative Energy Solutions - Energy Management Solutions

Schneider Electric Go Green in the City

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has named the teams that will compete in the semi-final round of the seventh Go Green in the City, its international student case study competition focusing on innovative energy solutions for smart cities.

Launched in 2011, Go Green in the City offers engineering and business students (starting from second-year level) an opportunity to present innovative energy management ideas for future smart cities. As in previous years, participants propose an energy management solution that meets the needs of smart cities in one of five areas: homes, universities, commerce, hospitals or water management. The participants are requested in two-person teams that include at least one woman.

The semi-finalist teams have been selected by region: 40 teams in Europe, South America, Indian Subcontinent and Russia/CIS. Top teams from the independent regions in China, Middle East & Africa, North America and Asia Pacific will be selected and announced in late June. These teams will each receive professional mentoring from a Schneider Electric ambassador, to prepare for the semi-final round and evolve their unique idea into a business case, focusing on implications, user need, viability, return on investment. This year, 77 mentors from 21 countries are volunteering to closely coach the teams.

An increasingly popular global competition
Interest in Go Green in the City has grown considerably since the launch of the competition. This year, Schneider Electric received 19,722 applications, 20% more than in 2016, and the number of participating universities increased by 25%. Particularly strong engagement from North America, China, India, Brazil, France, Australia and Malaysia, as well as 24 countries representing for their first time. For the first round of the competition, 1,450 teams were shortlisted. Social media interest in the competition has also risen sharply, with a 123% increase in the number of likes on Go Green in the City’s Facebook page (29,410 to date) and a 32% increase in followers on Twitter (1,953 people).

Next steps of Go Green in the City 2017 challenge
The 12 finalist teams will be chosen on 7th August to compete final winner in front of global jury in Paris from 9th-12th October. The teams will gain exposure to the Schneider Electric headquarters as well as discover the Group’s areas of expertise and meet Schneider employees.

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