“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 Judy Marks. “At Otis, we care deeply about nurturing a passion for STEM education for future generations, and we are committed to equitable access to mobility for all. We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of all who participated.”
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 Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Russia, Spain, the United States and Singapore spent eight weeks working with teachers and Otis mentors to develop STEM-based solutions to make it easier, safer, more efficient and more equitable to move within communities most affected by COVID-19. Each team presented their ideas to a virtual panel of Otis leaders who carefully evaluated the presentations. The winners selected in each Otis region were:
- Americas: First…