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Egyptian Students Win Big at the GoGreen Sustainability Competition

Cairo, Egypt, June 2020: Two Egyptian students beat competition from hundreds of other teams across the Middle East and Africa to win the regional finals of Schneider Electric’s GoGreen competition. Abdallah Mohamed and Habiba Abdelwahed, who formed team Plastale, came up with the brilliant idea of building natural composite fiber recycled plastic PET cladding tiles and roof tiles with embedded solar cells to enable affordable green housing.

Now in its tenth year, Schneider Electric’s GoGreen is a competition for students worldwide who are encouraged to put forward their ideas in four areas: sustainability and access to energy; buildings of the future; plants of the future, and grids of the future. The number of entries received across the Middle East and Africa this year was a record high of 5367.

Abdallah and Habiba, who study at the German University in Cairo and the American University in Cairo respectively, presented their ideas to a panel of sustainability experts from Schneider Electric. They impressed the judges with their innovation in solving the issue of affordable green housing for all, creativity in using recycled materials, and their practicality in bringing the idea to life. They will now go on to the global finals this September where they will compete with teams from around the world.

"We feel honored and delighted to represent MEA in the global finals. It was an outstanding experience and a great opportunity to get mentored by Schneider Electric experts, in particular our mentor Doaa El-Mohamady, whose valuable insights helped us to improve our project and make it a real business idea. We have always believed that the youth are capable of making a meaningful change in our world, by putting sustainable development into action through social entrepreneurship. There's no group that's more passionate and more creative than young people, and we're committed to creating a sustainable future for the planet and tackling climate change. We are looking forward to competing and networking with other teams in the global finals, and doing Egypt proud," said Abdallah Mohamed and Habiba Abdelwahed, MEA's GoGreen finalists.

“The future is sustainability, and it’s Egyptian,” said Walid Sheta, Cluster President for North-east Africa and Levant, Schneider Electric. “The judges were blown away by Abdallah and Habiba’s idea, and how they brought this idea to life. They’re an example of how Egypt is going to lead in the green technology space. And we are delighted to be helping them and others have amazing careers in the technology and sustainability space. We wish them the best of luck for the finals. They will make all of Egypt proud!”

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