• GDI Hub move into UCL at Here East offices, UCL's new space that is a unique collaboration between The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and the Faculty of Engineering Science
  • GDI Hub are awarded a £10m grant from UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) to run a three year, multi-partner programme called, ‘AT:2030 – Life Changing Assistive Technology for All’
  • Relationships are formed with Tokyo 2020 to assist in their preparations for the 2020 Paralympic Games and assist their thinking around a legacy from the Paralympic Games in Japan
Presentation of the MSc at the GDI Hub Town Hall


  • Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) takes up office space at Plexal in Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park until UCL at Here East is completed
  • GDI Hub hold their inaugural Disability Innovation Summit on 13th and 14th July to coincide with the World Para Athletics Championships held in London Stadium. The Summit is a massive success with over 80 speakers and 300 delegates from all sectors and all corners of the world
  • Plans for a new Masters MSc course led and awarded by UCL with input from London College of Fashion and Loughborough University London called, ‘Disability, Design and Innovation’ is approved
  • GDI Hub successfully run Enable Makeathon 2.0 with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hosting a number of teams during the London bootcamp and sitting on the final day judging panel in Delhi
  • Global Disability Innovation Hub C.I.C. a non-profit Community Interest Company is incorporated at Companies House on December 28th to facilitate the non-academic work and functions of GDI Hub
Lord Chris Holmes, GDI Hub Chair addresses the 2017 Disability Innovation Summit.


  • A pop-up Hub is curated and delivered in May 2016 at Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Over the course of a week, a variety of events, talks and workshops are delivered that test the methodology, thinking and assumptions made regarding what a Hub could and should be
  • On 3rd September 2016, the eve of the Paralympic Games in Rio, The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan publicly launches the Global Disability Innovation Hub to be based at UCL’s new UCL East campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Image shows Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, standing in front of GDI Hub logo addressing the audience and media at launch event of GDI Hub.


  • The idea of an open and collaborative ‘Hub’ for disability innovation is presented to the founding partners for the first time
  • Partners agree to support a pop-up ‘Hub’ to pilot and test the thinking with partners, stakeholders and local communities
Image shows participants from one of the workshops of the Pop Up event held in May 2016 all standing as a group on a terrace outside Here East.



  • London host, ‘the most accessible Games ever’ on a Park and in venues that were designed to be inclusive for all users across both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games
  • London Legacy Development Corporation commit to investing £10m on a Paralympic Legacy programme to deliver opportunities for disabled people and celebrate disability sport, arts and culture
Image shows spectacular fireworks over the Olympic Stadium during the 2012 Games opening ceremony.

Founding Partners