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 2030.

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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.

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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 www.communitasawards.com/background

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 2030.2 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.

 

https://news.microsoft.com/en-xm/2019/04/12/making-an-impact-for-stem-education-in-europe/

A truly global program

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.

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  • 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.

    Number of Students

    11

  • 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 stores, restaurants, and public transportation.

    Number of Students

    8

  • 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 make elevators safer, smarter, and easier to use for the country’s aging population. Ideas included providing concealed, foldaway seats in elevator cabs, installing call buttons linked to hospitals, and installing smart and interactive speakers to relieve anxiety.

    Number of Students

    22

  • Connecticut, USA

    Bloomfield High School

     

    Students proposed innovative solutions for improving contactless grocery 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 story due to COVID-19.

    Number of Students

    5

  • Hong Kong

    ELCHK Yuen Long Lutheran Secondary School

     

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

    Number of Students

    6

  • 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 number of passengers and identifies the least crowded – and safest – time to ride the bus. Additionally, research was done to find improved air filtration and purification systems for buses – helping commuters feel safer during the pandemic.

    Number of Students

    8

  • Brazil

    SENAC

     

    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.

    Number of Students

    8

  • Russia

    Open St Petersburg

     

    Students developed a mobile app to help residents of St. Petersburg avoid crowds, move safely, enable people to leave their homes and reduce the overall risk of COVID-19. The app was designed to help optimize the flow of people and traffic patterns in public places, while reducing congestion and overcrowding.

    Number of Students

    7

  • Singapore

    Institute of Technical Education

     

    The students created a mask with a lightweight skin temperature device for real-time temperature checks that are 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.

    Number of Students

    8

  • Germany

    Romain Rolland Gymnasium

     

    Students developed three solutions to improve commuter experiences. Two solutions focused on reducing the risk of infection in elevators, by automatically disinfecting surfaces in elevators before riders enter the cab and by using technology to visualize appropriate passenger spacing inside the elevator. The third solution was designed to make cities more bicycle-friendly – enabling bicycles to ascend escalators and reach train platforms.

     

    Number of Students

    11