Schneider Electric, in collaboration with software partner AVEVA, has announced the launch of Schneider Go Green 2022, its annual student competition to find the latest bold ideas in digital and sustainable innovation.
With Schneider Electric committing to providing two times the number of opportunities for interns, apprentices, and fresh graduate hires by 2025 as part of its Schneider Sustainability Impact Q2 2021 Report, Go Green provides students with the chance to present their ideas to top industry leaders and receive mentorship from experts and professionals, along with considerations for job opportunities and the chance of a winning prize worth up to €10,000.
“At Schneider Electric, being empowered is part of our DNA as we strongly believe freedom breeds innovation,” says Charise Le, chief human resources officer at Schneider Electric. “Through Schneider Go Green, we look for empowered and passionate students with bold and sustainable ideas. We believe access to energy is a basic human right and this global competition provides new ways to do that.”
According to Lisa Johnston, chief marketing officer and chief sustainability officer at AVEVA, “challenge yourself, challenge us and bring your best sustainability ideas to the Go Green 2022 competition.
“Together, let’s build the pathway to more sustainable industries. AVEVA is proud to be part of the Schneider Go Green competition and we are looking forward to seeing your innovative ideas in action.”
Sustainability and Technology working together
Schneider Go Green is an event for business, engineering, marketing, and innovation students worldwide. The 2021 competition saw a record number of 25,000 young innovators from more than 3,000 universities in 130 countries taking part. This year’s competition should attract even more interest thanks to the five specific topics covering “Access to Energy”, “Homes of the Future”, “Supply Chain of the Future”, “Grids of the Future” and “De[coding] the Future”.
2021’s winning idea came from two students from Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya in Spain who presented their sustainable and purpose driven solution known as the “Light Pill”: an artificial light source and ultraviolet water purifier shaped like a bottle cap designed to help communities without access to energy and safe water.
This year, all participating teams of two to four students are expected to identify as gender diverse in line with Schneider Electric’s policy of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion with deadlines for submissions expected by November 30, 2021, in North America and February to March, 2022, in the rest of the world. Schneider Go Green is open to Bachelors or Masters students worldwide and team members must be studying in the same country for the duration of the competition.