Local students in the field of engineering, as well as business students, are being called upon to put their skills and ideas to the test in the global Schneider Go Green 2020 competition. It offers a chance to win a trip of a lifetime to Las Vegas.This is an annual student contest for two-member teams to find bold ideas and innovative solutions for smarter, more energy-efficient and sustainable cities. Engineering and business students across the country with creativity in the growing technology skills sector are encouraged to submit entries in the four categories: Buildings of the Future, Plants of the Future, Grids of the Future and Sustainability and Access to Energy. The deadline to submit entries is 29 February.Eight selected finalist teams will be invited to Las Vegas in Nevada, USA, by Schneider Electric to present the case challenge solutions for intelligent energy management that they have worked on with their mentors. Thereafter the winning team will be given the opportunity to travel to Boston, Massachusetts, to visit Schneider Electric’s offices, network with employees and interact with high level management, as well as tour the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Greentown Labs. Teams must comprise of two students (in at least their second year) studying Engineering, Business, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics and other sciences. They must be from the same country or region for the duration of the competition and at least one team member must be a woman.Zanélle Dalglish, Schneider Electric’s head of sustainable development and academy for the Anglophone Africa cluster, endorses participation. “Within a South African context there are many challenges relating to energy efficiency and sustainability, which is why we believe South African students are perfectly poised to bring home top honours in this global competition,” she said.For information visit www.se.com/za/en/ and click on “About us” and then on “Your Experience Level” under the heading “Careers”.