Students proposed creative mobility solutions for older populations. Otis mentors inspired the next generation of innovators across 14 countries and territories
HONG KONG, May 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Otis Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: OTIS), the world’s leading company for elevator and escalator manufacturing, installation and service, has selected the winning schools of its second annual Made to Move Communities™ challenge. Students supported by Otis volunteer mentors developed innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) solutions to real-world mobility challenges seen in their communities. Students from 20 schools across 14 countries and territories participated in the program, which, this year, focused on eliminating barriers to mobility for the rapidly growing 60+ population.
In response to this year’s program challenge, students proposed concepts that ranged from connected wheelchairs to smart escalators and a connected emergency call device that can also help to manage prescriptions, reduce and streamline paperwork related to healthcare and aid in using public transportation.
“I am so proud of the students and our Otis mentors this year who continue to develop and advance real-world STEM solutions for a critical group of our population,” said Otis Chair, CEO and President Judy Marks. “The passion and creativity of these students show the promise that resides in local communities around the world to tackle tomorrow’s challenges today.”
The winners selected in each Otis region were:
Americas: Centro de Estudios Tecnológicos Industrial y de Servicios No. 33 in Mexico City, Mexico
Students from the winning team in Mexico proposed a portable bath to help prevent falls in the bathroom, a common location for falls due to slippery floors and often small, tight spaces.
Europe, Middle East & Africa: GEMS Wellington Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The winning student team proposed a connected, motorized wheelchair to help older populations navigate Dubai’s shopping malls, which are among the largest in the world.
Asia Pacific: Institute of Technical Education in Singapore
The winning student team imagined the ‘WheelySTIK’ – a motorized piece of equipment that mimics caregivers’ actions to lift and support the movement of older, less mobile people, thereby reducing the risk of injury to the caregivers.
China: Nanchang University in Nanchang, China
Students from Nanchang University imagined a smart escalator that can identify passengers in wheelchairs and adjust its steps to create a stable, moving platform for passage.
The student teams spent eight weeks working with Otis mentors to develop STEM-based solutions to make it easier, safer, more efficient and more equitable for older populations to move within their communities. Each team virtually presented their ideas to a panel of regional Otis leaders who carefully evaluated the presentations.
Otis’ Made to Move Communities program continues to grow, too – expanding from nine countries and territories last year to 14 in 2022.
The announcement of the Made to Move Communities winners is part of Otis’ annual Lift Our Communities Month celebration. Throughout the month of April the company celebrates its ongoing commitment to support the communities where its colleagues live and work. Later this year, Otis will launch its third annual Made to Move Communities challenge, again teaming students and Otis volunteer mentors to develop solutions to real-world mobility issues in their local communities.
Otis gives people freedom to connect and thrive in a taller, faster, smarter world. The global leader in the manufacture, installation and servicing of elevators and escalators, we move 2 billion people a day and maintain more than 2.1 million customer units worldwide – the industry’s largest Service portfolio. You’ll find us in the world’s most iconic structures, as well as residential and commercial buildings, transportation hubs and everywhere people are on the move. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, Otis is 70,000 people strong, including 41,000 field professionals, all committed to meeting the diverse needs of our customers and passengers in more than 200 countries and territories. To learn more, visit www.otis.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @OtisElevatorCo.