Innovation

Disability innovation changes lives. The technology revolution provides opportunities for scalability like never before. By harnessing the value of innovation, we can shape the future.

GDI Hub Accelerate is our innovation arm - with scale studios, acceleration programmes, a network, ecosystem development, world leading coaching and knowledge dissemination. We bring together global stakeholders around one mission – to accelerate disability innovation through partnership and collaboration.

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GDI Hub Accelerate

GDI Hub Accelerate is our innovation arm. Our projects and activities drive the development of ecosystems, provide bespoke support for disability innovators to scale, while also challenging the structural barriers to market. We bring together global stakeholders to accelerate disability innovation through scale studios, acceleration programmes, a network, ecosystem development, world leading coaching and knowledge dissemination.

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India | Kenya | Nepal | Sierra Leone

Local Systems Strengthening

This project is investigating the potential to strengthen local systems of AT provision and innovation to address gaps in service


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Inclusive Design Challenge 2.0: Creating accessible interfaces for people living with MND, ALS, or MD

GDI Hub, UCL Computer Science and The International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations will host a hackathon together to solve accessibility problems using digital devices with participation in three countries (UK, Kenya, and Korea).

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Poster of the event, which reads: Inclusive Design Challenge 1.0 - 6th - 20th June, 2022 - Design solutions for improving access to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for blind and partially sighted people.
United Kingdom

Inclusive Design Challenge 1.0: Access to open spaces for blind and partially sighted people

One of the first Spark Innovation activities is an Inclusive Design Challenge, inviting young innovators to design solutions for improving access to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for blind and partially sited people. The event takes place between 6–20 of June, 2022.

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Kenya

Innovation Action: a collaborative initiative to map global AT resources

Innovation Action is a collaborative initiative, launched by a consortium of partners brought together by innovation catalyst Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), led by UCL Engineering and funded by UK Aid through the Frontier Technologies Hub and AT2030 programmes Our purpose is to bring people together to innovate on global challenges. We provide a space to enable people from all over the world to identify challenges and collaborate on solutions to help address some of the world’s most pressing problems.

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Local Production Local Solutions Grantee Map
Africa | Nepal | Nigeria | South Sudan | Uganda | Zambia

Local Production Local Solutions

Global logistics have been compromised by lockdowns and border controls across Africa and other low to middle-income countries (LMICs), leaving many businesses and citizens without key parts of their supply chain. This condition has exposed the rigid, inflexible state of production in many settings, demonstrating the need for locally resilient, flexible production ecosystems. LPLS is working to develop broader, restorative, and agile supply systems, while providing people with the life-saving health and community resources they need to face current restrictions.

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Lincoln Wamae, Founder of Linccell Technology
Kenya

Innovate Now: Africa's first AT accelerator

Innovate Now is a new partnership created through the AT2030 programme to accelerate disability innovation in Kenya and East Africa

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Africa | Kenya | Uganda

AT Impact Fund

The AT Impact Fund was established to better enable frontier technology solutions to reach people with disabilities in Africa, and to test business models that are most likely to succeed. Assistive Technology Impact Fund is operationalised as a collaboration between GDI Hub, Brink, and Catalyst Fund, providing deep expertise in AT, innovation and venture-building in Africa respectively.

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An innovator is heating the socket of a prosthetic leg using a heat gun. On the top right corner is the logo of the company "Amparo" with the phrase revolutionizing prosthetics
Kenya

Changing Prosthetic Service Delivery with Amparo

The GDI Hub, as a part of the AT2030 Innovation cluster, has partnered with Amparo to support them in carrying out a clinical trial to evaluate how the Amparo Confidence Socket could help the provision of lower limb prosthetics in Kenya.

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A technician is placing a 3D printed lateral postural support to the backrest of a wheelchiar
Kenya

Digital Technology, to Revolutionise Wheelchair Provision with Motivation

As part of the AT2030 programme, the GDI Hub will support Motivation in testing their new wheelchair provision system in Kenya to evaluate the quality of the new designs and understand how distributed manufacturing through 3D printing could augment current wheelchair service provision models.

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India | United Kingdom

Enable Makeathon 2.0

Partnering with UCL and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the GDI Hub hosted the Enable Makeathon 2.0 in London. Five teams were selected to come to London to further develop their disability innovation ideas into new products and services over the course of a 16-day intensive ‘bootcamp’.

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