Schneider Electric (SE)has unveiled the 100 teams that qualified for the semi-finals of the “Go Green in the City” global student challenge and Nigeria dominates the list.
In the first year of Africa’s participation in the global competition, three teams emerged from Nigeria, while 10 teams emerged from the rest of Africa.
This year, over 12,000 students from over 462 Universities participated in the challenge.
In a statement, SE said 100 teams from over 462 Universities emerged from the competition group stages to participate in the semi-final phase of the competition.
The Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, SE, Karen Ferguson, said the competition for the top 100 was even fiercer this year as the total applications almost doubled compared to the 2013 edition.
“As in previous years, candidates will present a case study focusing on energy solutions for cities, with the support of a Schneider Electric mentor,” shesaid.
She said the students, working in teams of two, with at least one woman in the team, would devise viable solutions for energy management sectors critical to cities, such as home, university, retail, water and hospital.
The 2014 edition of “Go Green in the City” opened the challenge to countries across the globe, increasing the accessibility of the program to students, especially from Africa and Asia-Pacific.
She said the increase in participants supports the statement that future engineers and leaders were more and more aware that the increased demand for energy would have to be balanced with social progress and environmental protection.
“Schneider Electric is delighted to interact with these young talents coming from all over the world, to find solutions to meet the energy challenges of our cities.”
She said the top 100 teams would have four weeks to elaborate on their case study with an assigned mentor from Schneider Electric.