Made to Move Communities™

Inspiring and supporting young innovators as they pursue inclusive mobility solutions for under-represented 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, we are engaging young minds to imagine new mobility solutions for people everywhere. Just as important, by giving these students safe, handson experiences under the mentorship of our experts, we aim to spark an early, lifelong interest in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.


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Meet our mentors 

Learn more about how our colleague mentors are advancing inclusive mobility and empowering the STEM workforce of the future.

Made to Move Communities: Using STEM skills to break down barriers to mobility

In its first year, Made to Move Communities engaged schools in Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, 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.


In its inaugural year, Made to Move Communities received the Communitas Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility.

The Otis program was specifically recognized in the “Making A Difference Category,” which highlights those striving to impact positive change on people and communities.

The Communitas Awards is an international effort to recognize exceptional businesses, organizations, and individuals who are unselfishly giving of themselves and their resources, and those who are changing how they do business to benefit their communities. Nominees are evaluated on the extent and effectiveness of their efforts. To learn more about the award, visit

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.

A truly global programme

This year, students at 14 schools in nine countries worked with Otis mentors to design STEM-based solutions to mobility challenges in their communities – challenges that, in many cases, have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students presented their ideas virtually to a panel of Otis leaders. Click the map below to learn more about their final presentations.

  • Japan

    ICT (International College of Technology) Kanazawa


    The student team created a website and app to monitor crowd levels and help revive tourism in Shiramine, an area that was affected by the impact of COVID-19. The app provides real-time data to help visitors more safely and comfortably visit the most popular local tourist attractions, while still avoiding crowds and adhering to occupancy limits.

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  • Spain

    Colegio Virgen de Europa


    The student team identified solutions to decrease the spread of COVID-19. They developed touchless solutions and alternative methods to access shops, restaurants and public transportation. 

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  • China

    Shanghai Jiaotong University (2), Zhejiang University (2), Beijing Institute of Technology, Nankai University, Chongqing University


    After careful research on China’s population, the student teams created mobility solutions to support and enhance the lift experience for their aging population: making lifts safer, smarter and easier to use. Ideas included providing concealed, foldaway seats inside lifts, installing call buttons linked to hospitals and installing smart and interactive speakers to relieve anxiety.

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  • Connecticut, USA

    Bloomfield High School


    Students proposed innovative solutions for improving contactless food pick-up options. They used UV lights, conveyer belts and drones to help provide options for people who do not feel comfortable shopping in a physical shop due to COVID-19.

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  • Hong Kong

    ELCHK Yuen Long Lutheran Secondary School


    Students focused their ideas on improving access in and out of local wet markets. From designing a user-friendly app called Foodson, to a robot that can shop and deliver fresh food, the students’ solutions were customised to meet the needs of those who have less experience with online purchasing and technology.

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  • California

    Jordan High School, Long Beach, California


    The student team created an app to be integrated into public transportation systems – specifically, city buses. The app tracks the number of passengers and identifies the best – and safest – time to catch the bus. Additionally, research was done to find improved air filtration and purification systems for buses – helping commuters feel safer during the pandemic.    

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  • Brazil



    Students created a QR code solution that monitors and improves the check-in process for people in public spaces. People provide some simple, personal health information to an online site to access and assess data on crowd levels at each location.

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  • Russia

    Open St Petersburg


    Students developed a mobile app to help residents of St. Petersburg avoid crowds, move safely, interact with society and reduce the overall risk of COVID-19.  

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  • Singapore

    Institute of Technical Education


    The students created a mask with a lightweight skin temperature device for real-time temperature checks; it is refreshed every hour. The new mask design helps to eliminate the time it takes for temperature checks prior to taking public transit, making the daily commute faster, and easing concerns about coming into contact with someone who is ill. 

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  • Germany

    Romain Rolland Gymnasium


    Students developed three solutions to improve the daily commute. Two ideas focused on reducing the risk of infection in lifts, producing a product that automatically disinfects surfaces in lifts before riders enter the lift and using a technology-driven solution to visualise appropriate passenger spacing inside the lift. The third solution was designed to make cities more bicycle-friendly – enabling ways to take bicycles up lifts and onto trains.


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