Calling all engineers: Schneider launches Go Green competition

Updated 19 March 2019

Calling all engineers: Schneider launches Go Green competition

Schneider Electric, an energy management and automation firm, has launched the ninth edition of its Go Green in the City competition. This year’s edition is said to be the “best, biggest, and boldest” to date as it brings together engineering and business students from 180 countries in an effort to highlight their skills and ideas for concepts and methodologies that create innovative energy generation and consumption solutions and promoting green urban environments.

Schneider Electric President in Saudi Arabia and Yemen Najib Al-Naeem said that the annual competition aims to attract the best talents in the long run and encourage them to create unique innovations that enhance sustainability in smart cities while developing the knowledge of students and showcasing their discoveries on a global scale.

Participation in this year’s competition is open until May 25, and its tracks comprise several categories, including sustainability and access to energy in order to pave the road for future grids and networks.

Participating in the competition requires a team of two students with a minimum of one female. Teams will study an innovative idea for an urban energy management solution in the areas of strategic use of technology, energy efficiency in cooling solutions, energy storage and efficiency, integrated urban energy systems, and other unique solutions that promote environmental friendliness.

The competing teams will undergo training, mentoring, and early career counseling, which will highlight young national talents and give them the opportunity to prove their abilities. The competition will provide the winners with an array of sponsorship, networking and travel prospects, as well as job opportunities within Schneider Electric’s various commercial divisions.

The winners will obtain several sponsorship and networking opportunities in addition to job opportunities in various business activities and disciplines. They will also get the chance to win international trips to two cities of their choice (where Schneider Electric has offices).

Go Green in the City began in 2011 with the objective to explore and nurture innovative and promising youth ideas by providing opportunities to meet experts and gain professional advice in order to develop creative ideas.

Last year’s edition witnessed the participation of more than 80,000 students from around the world.

‘Moments’ photo contest celebrates souqs of Middle East

Updated 19 June 2019

‘Moments’ photo contest celebrates souqs of Middle East

National Geographic Abu Dhabi (NGAD) and Almarai have announced the ninth edition of “Moments,” the annual regional photography competition calling all aspiring photographers from around the Arab world. 

The competition provides the winning contestants a chance to learn from National Geographic photography experts through a photography travel expedition.

The 2019 “Moments” edition is themed around the souks of the Middle East and invites photographers from the region to capture the diversity and stories of markets from around the Arab world, which have been at the heart of the region’s culture and history.

The competition is held in partnership with Almarai, which has been a strategic supporter of this platform for the last six years as part of a shared vision of nurturing youth and talent from the Middle East.

“Moments” will feature a returning category this year for photographers aged 13-17.

Almarai has been a strategic partner of the competition since 2014.

Abdulrahman Awadh Al-Harthi, acting executive director of television and executive director of Abu Dhabi Radio Network at Abu Dhabi Media, said: “The ‘Moments’ photography competition is part of our continued commitment toward nurturing talents across all segments of society and encouraging the community especially youth to express their creativity and reach their highest potential.

“The great success of the competition gives us a new challenge to ensure we reach the largest number of applicants from diverse backgrounds and give them the platform to express their creativity and stories to be shared across the region.” 

Al-Harthi commended National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s strive for leadership and influence toward professional and amateur photographers in the region. 

Hussam R. Abdulqader, CMO of Almarai, said: “We are delighted to be renewing our partnership with National Geographic Abu Dhabi for the 9th edition of the ‘Moments’ photography competition, through which we aim to inspire, encourage and celebrate youth across the Middle East and support them to achieve their highest potential through the art of photography.”

He added: “We remain committed to developing the photography industry in the communities we serve, and to providing opportunities for youth to flourish creatively and professionally as we have done across a wide spectrum of platforms as well.”

Attracting over 200,000 entries since its inception from across the Middle East and North Africa, “Moments” is part of a regional photography talent platform developed by National Geographic Abu Dhabi to promote and nurture local talents and help give them a voice and a platform to showcase the region and what they have.

This year’s judging committee will comprised Almarai CMO Abdulqader as well as Muhammed Muheisen, a National Geographic photographer, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, and founder of Dutch non-profit organization Everyday Refugees Foundation.

In this year’s competition, each story will carry with it an authentic, detailed and complete description of the image.