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Made to Move Communities™
Inspiring and supporting young innovators as they pursue inclusive mobility solutions for underrepresented communities
As the company that is “Made to Move You™,” mobility is central to our vision: to give people freedom to connect and thrive in a taller, faster, smarter world.
Through this novel program, launched in 2020, we are engaging young minds to imagine new mobility solutions for people everywhere. Just as important, by giving these students safe, hands-on experiences under the mentorship of our experts, we aim to spark an early, lifelong interest in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.
With a solid grounding in STEM subjects, students will be better prepared for the rapidly evolving global workforce, which is estimated to have as many as 50 million unfilled STEM jobs by 20301.
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Year 4: Solutions to Expand Access to Green Space to Advance Wellbeing for All
In this era of urbanization, there's an urgency to preserve and provide green spaces for the benefit of global public health. However, physical, geographical and socioeconomic barriers prevent residents from equally accessing and enjoying the full benefits of these recreational spaces. For the fourth year of our Made to Move Communities™ program Otis colleagues will mentor 250+ students from around the world in researching this inclusive mobility challenge and designing innovative solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities. Watch the video to learn more.
Meet our mentors
Learn more about how our colleague mentors are advancing inclusive mobility and empowering the STEM workforce of the future.
Tyler is a Regional Sales Manager for Otis in Chicago, Illinois, and a mentor to the student team at Uplift Community High School, helping them generate creative new ideas for addressing the challenges that climate change presents to inclusive mobility. By combining windmill and solar panel technology, these young innovators developed a way to provide light and heating to bus stop waiting areas without further taxing the energy infrastructure — while simultaneously making the community safer and more comfortable for daily commuters.
Reflecting on the project, Tyler said his favorite part was “interacting with the high school students and opening their eyes to future opportunities.”
Toshiharu (Asia Pacific)
Toshiharu works in the Management Department, Quality Division of Nippon Otis in Tokyo, and he also studied meteorology and environmental science at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He was excited to use that knowledge and experience to support the students he worked with during the Made to Move Communities challenge.
“Many people’s need for mobility is greatly affected by climate change, and climate change must be mitigated,” Toshiharu said. “I was able to hear innovative ideas from the students that I had never imagined.”
Kelvin is a Talent Acquisition Manager for Otis China, and he’s also a mentor for the team from China Jiliang University, a contender in the third year of the Made to Move Communities challenge with their solution that repurposes wasted energy for improved efficiency.
Kelvin recalls the development process fondly. “I remember the first brainstorming session we had was at 10PM on a Friday night. The students had just returned to the dorm after studying late and immediately got into the online discussion. All of us put forward our creative ideas and analyzed them in terms of their relevance, innovativeness and potential. They were fully engaged and passionate throughout the challenge.”
Sonia is the Talent Development & Inclusion Lead for South East Europe and has experienced the impact of climate change firsthand in Italy, with hotter, drier summers causing difficulties with irrigation and winters being unseasonably warm. “If we haven’t been able to solve the problems, we need to support the future’s leaders to do better than us,” she said.
“The student’s enthusiasm and commitment are incredible,” Sonia says. “I think we all feel energized by their passion, and we also feel a huge sense of responsibility. We have to support them because they really want to be part of the solution.”
Past Made to Move Communities challenges
Mobility Solutions to Reduce the Impacts of Climate Change
Today, more than ever, climate change poses a significant threat to the safety, prosperity and wellbeing of people and communities around the world. For the third year of Made to Move Communities, we empowered the next generation of innovators to be a part of the solution. Otis colleagues mentored 230+ students across the globe to develop solutions to the climate change issues impacting mobility today for the benefit of generations to come. Watch the video to learn more.
Mobility Solutions for Older Populations
The number of older adults is projected to double to 1.5 billion in 20502. For the second year of Made to Move Communities, we tapped young minds and applied creative thinking to help cities of the future adapt and meet the needs of this growing population. Across 14 countries and territories, teams of Otis employee mentors and students created STEM-based mobility solutions ranging from connected wheelchairs and smart escalators to a device improving access to local water stations. Watch the video to learn more.
Mobility Solutions to COVID-19
In its first year, Made to Move Communities engaged schools in Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Russia, Spain, the United States and Singapore. Under the mentorship of Otis employees, nearly 100 students spent eight weeks developing STEM-based solutions to address mobility challenges in their communities – particularly those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch the video to learn more about Year 1 of Made to Move Communities and see the student solutions.
Why Made to Move Communities
Inspiring STEM-based mobility solutions
Made to Move Communities, the cornerstone of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, focuses on two issues that are vital both to Otis and to the communities where we live and work: STEM education and inclusive mobility.
This annual challenge will inspire students from around the world to come up with creative, technology-based solutions for eliminating the physical, geographic and financial barriers to mobility that often afflict our neighbors.
Inclusive mobility and well-being
At Otis, we know just how important mobility is to people’s well-being and their ability to lead healthy, productive lives. Few companies have played a greater role in creating today’s connected urban world, and our innovations continue to transform how people live and work.
Yet even today, many people lack access to reliable, affordable, convenient means for getting where they need to go, whether it’s school, work, the market or to receive medical care.
We believe new technologies such as artificial intelligence, advanced robotics and other smart, connected devices and networks hold the potential to address these challenges and deliver on the promise of inclusive mobility – for everyone, everywhere.
By participating in Made to Move Communities, students will get a glimpse into this exciting future – and be encouraged to play a role in shaping the world we live in today and forgenerations to come.
Preparing the 21st century workforce
50 million STEM jobs unfilled by 2030 due to skills gap
In the era of Industry 4.0, technology permeates every job category, including manufacturing and many other trades. To prepare themselves for this rapidly evolving workplace, students need a solid grounding in STEM curricula and subjects – science, technology, engineering and math.
Yet according to one estimate, a skills gap may leave as many as 50 million jobs unfilled globally by 2030.1 Made to Move Communities is one way to help close this gap, by complementing existing school programs with safe, real-world lessons conducted under the guidance of Otis experts – people who are passionate about technology and helping to nurture the next generation of innovators.
Communitas Award Recipient
In 2023, Made to Move Communities received the distinguished Communitas Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility.
This award is given by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals to highlight those striving to impact positive change on people and communities.