Schneider Electric shares its vision and values with students at the finals of Go Green in the City

  • Students discovered how Schneider Electric contributes to reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives
  • They appreciated how the Group enables its people to unleash their potential, as the driving force behind Schneider Electric

On September 19-22 in Paris, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, hosted the 12 finalist teams of the sixth Go Green in the City, its international student competition to find innovative energy solutions for smart cities. Over these four days, these students from all over the world¹  had the opportunity to discover Schneider Electric along with its expertise and culture of innovation, while also receiving practical career advice.

Great people make Schneider Electric a great company

Photo 1: “At Schneider Electric, we want everyone on our planet to have access to safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable energy, and we are committed to developing the innovations that will make this happen. Sustainability is at the top of our agenda,” said Olivier Blum, Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President, Schneider Electric. To support the growth of our company, we are giving every opportunity to our current and future employees to unleash their full potential. They are the driving force behind Schneider Electric.”

Great people make Schneider Electric a great company 

With Go Green in the City, Schneider Electric aims to share its vision and values. The competition introduces the competing teams to a fast changing world that offers numerous opportunities to drive innovation at every level through connected energy management and automation technologies that reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life is On. Go Green in the City exemplifies the values that define Schneider Electric and lived daily by its people. Everyone at the Group strives to be straightforward, to challenge themselves and be open, passionate, and effective in whatever they do. This is what makes Schneider Electric and its employees unique.

Developing talent

For the 24 student finalists, these four days of immersion represented the result of personal investment over several months with constant support from Schneider Electric. Each semi-finalist team was mentored by a Schneider Electric employee, who contributed not only technical expertise but also advice on project management and preparing for the final presentation to the prize jury. In addition to presenting their projects, the 12 teams took part in workshops and presentations on the Group’s activities. They also visited the showroom of Schneider Electric innovative solutions.

Owing to the several exchanges at Schneider Electric, the students not only experienced the Group’s multicultural atmosphere and stimulating working environment, they also benefitted from the opportunity to build a professional network.

An idea for rethinking the city

The winning team of the sixth edition of Go Green in the City is Team Anemoi from the University of Applied Sciences FH Aachen, Germany, for their idea of an innovative off-grid wind and pump solution. The winners, Vivian Silas Jeyachander Manohar and Rini Bharadwaj, have been awarded a world VIP-style trip with Schneider Electric, visiting 2 destinations facilities and networking opportunities with employees and senior management. Both winners will also be offered a professional opportunity at Schneider Electric. The other finalist teams will be offered the possibility of attending a recruitment interview and receiving advice for future interviews.

Rini Bharadwaj commented: “Go Green in the City has helped me visualize the technologies driving innovation for sustainable energy. It has helped me to implement my theoretical acumen and also think as an entrepreneur. The project has helped me focus on myr priorities and define my future interests more clearly. We are all winners, having gained huge knowledge both technically and professionally.”

More information on Go Green in the City is available on the competition website, Facebook and Twitter account.

Photo 2: Vivian Silas Jeyachander Manohar and Rini Bharadwaj (Team Anemoi), from the University of Applied Sciences FH Aachen, Germany, winners of Go Green in the City 2016 

¹ From Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (China), India, Indonesia, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates