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Energy solutions company, Schneider Electric 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.

Schneider Electric South Africa is encouraging engineering and business students across the country to submit their entries for Go Green in the City 2019.

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 four categories in Go Green in the City 2019 are ‘Buildings of the Future’, ‘Plants of the Future’, ‘Grids of the Future’ and ‘Sustainability and Access to Energy’ – and the deadline for the first submission is 25 May.

The stakes for 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 taking place in October 2019 in Spain, where experts and world-leading industry thinkers will be sharing their insights and 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.

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The company’s head of sustainable development & academy, Anglophone Africa cluster, Zanélle Dalglish, said: “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.

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.

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.”