Disability Innovation for a fairer world

We harness academic excellence, innovative practice and co-creation to tackle global challenges from a new perspective
Speaker and audience at the Disability Innovation Summit
Disability Innovation Summit Tokyo 2020

Exploring global breakthroughs in disability technology, innovation and culture on the eve of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Kenyan man holding a prosthesis
AT2030

GDI Hub is leading a £20m global programme called AT2030 - Life Changing Assistive Technology for All. Its aim is to reach 9 million people directly and 6 million people indirectly, testing new approaches and backing ‘what works’ to get Assistive Technology to those who need it.

Download the AT2030 strategy (pdf) and visit the AT2030 website for more info.

Our Themes

Image shows a Park Champion volunteer on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park providing a sighted guide service to a visually impaired visitor.
We harness academic excellence, innovative practice and co-creation to tackle global challenges from a new perspective
Participation and partnerships

We believe that through innovative collaborations interesting and creative ideas are developed.

Human-Computer Interaction

Our Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research draws on the best scientific traditions in Computer Science and Human Sciences to study the interactions between people and technology. We are developing new theory and creating methdods for working across disciplnes, even creating new undiciplined ways of working to create solutions. A core part of this work is to advance the sub-fields of Disability Interaction (DIX), Early-years Mobility and Physiological Computing. Out research is intertwined with that of UCLIC.

Image shows a cardboard model of a Paralympic wheelchair racer made during National Paralympic Day in 2016.

We are working with partners including; British Council, British Paralympic Association, Design Museum and our founding partners including; Loughborough University London, V&A and UAL to work across disability arts, sport and culture. Our experience from London 2012 and the positive impact it had on perceptions of disability continues to influence our work in these areas.

Wheelchair in Kenya

We are leading AT 2030 - Life Changing Assistive Technology for All, a £10m global programme that will reach 3 million people.

Founding Partners