"We applaud the dedication and ingenuity that each participating student demonstrated while developing solutions to mobility challenges facing communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Otis President & CEO
The student teams proposed solutions such as improving mobility for aging populations, simplifying grocery delivery and shopping in markets amid the pandemic, making city infrastructure more bicycle-friendly, and monitoring crowd density at popular tourist destinations.
Some student projects even posed environmental benefits beyond their intended scope. For example, bicycle-friendly travel options also help cities lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the number of people who commute by car.
In this first year, student teams from schools in
Americas: First Place, Bloomfield High Schoolin Connecticut, USA; Second Place, Senac in São Paulo, Brazil; Third Place, Long Beach High Schoolin California, USA
Europe, Middle East& Africa: First Place, Romain Rolland Gymnasiumin Berlin, Germany; Second Place, Colegio Virgen de Europa in Madrid, Spain; Third Place, Gymnasium No. 171 of the Central District, St. Petersburg, Russia
Asia Pacific: First Place, ELCHK Yuen Long Lutheran Secondary Schoolin Hong KongSAR; Second Place, International College of Technology (ICT) Kanazawain Ishikawa, Japan; Third Place, Institute of Technical Educationin Singapore
China: First Place, Beijing Institute of Technology; Second Place, Zhejiang University; Third Place, Shanghai Jiaotong University
Communities and student teams were not the only groups to benefit from the program and the creative ideas presented, teachers and Otis employee volunteers also gained new perspectives.
"I've found student interactions to be the most enjoyable aspect of the program," said
Otis mentors dedicated more than 1,500 volunteer hours to working with the student teams.
"The level of enthusiasm each team put into improving the world is inspiring," said Sarah Cosic-Ayanovich, Field Service Manager and a program mentor, Otis Americas. "I am very thankful for the opportunity to have mentored a team. The students taught me a great deal about bold thinking and adapting to new environments."
As part of Made to Move Communities, Otis will celebrate Lift Our Communities Month each April. It's an opportunity to announce the winning student teams, recognize and thank employee volunteers, and highlight the impact of this program and all the ways Otis is investing in local communities and encouraging employee volunteerism.
Otis plans to build on the success of Made to Move Communities' pilot year by increasing the number of students and employees engaged in 2022 and beyond.
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