Innovation

To us, innovation simply means doing things better than before.

The potential for disability innovation to shape global policy; corporate practice; investment strategies; cultural norms; individual behaviour and life outcomes is huge, and the technology revolution provides opportunities for scalability and access like never before.

We believe that disability innovation can change lives by forging new methods of participation, working with the poorest communities to harness the value of innovation.

Logo of the title of the project: fit for purpose prosthetics. For is represented by the number four which in the center has a hand with half an arm that appear to be a prosthetic.
Asia | Africa | Europe

Fit-for-purpose, affordable body-powered prostheses

Fit-for-purpose, affordable body-powered prostheses is designing upper limb prostheses that are both low cost and fit for their purpose and circumstance. The project is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Challenges Research Fund.

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

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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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
Africa

Changing Prosthetic Service Delivery with Amparo

The GDI Hub, as a part of the AT2030 Spark Innovation Sub Programme, 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 prosthetic in Kenya.

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Three young operators working for Humanity and Inclusion in Uganda assessing an elderly woman who uses a crutch
Africa

Trialing 3D Printed Bespoke Orthotics to Refugees with Humanity and Inclusion

GDI Hub has partnered with Humanity & Inclusion to support them with the research components of the project, to ensure that robust evidence is collected and analysed across all sites.

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Wheelchair user and non-wheelchair user co-designing at a table
Africa

AT2030 Spark Innovation Sub-programme

For demand-based innovation to thrive we require a range of activities which can both adapt to good ideas coming from disabled people as well as working more closely with the market-shaping project to iterate business plans and create routes to market that were otherwise not available.

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A computer-generated frame model of a right arm with thumb, index and second fingers extended. Multi-coloured triangles surround the design.
Europe

Body 2.0 - Extending ability through 3D printing technology

This project looked at identity and the changing perception of disabled people and disability. The primary focus was prosthetics and the use of new technologies including 3D printing to democratise prosthetics and allow individuals to customise their assistive devices in a timely and affordable way.

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A female wheelchair user in dark clothes and beanie hat ascending a ramp from right to left in a sports hall.
Europe

ARCCS - Accessible Routes from Crowdsourced Cloud Services

Ongoing research where we have developed a new technique for wheelchair localisation and surface determination using a fusion of GPS/IMU information and machine learning. Data captured helps wheelchair users travel in a more effective ways and share data to demonstrate accessibility issues and encourage improvements.

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Iain McKinnon with three female colleagues from BPA and British Embassy posing for a photo in front of a large bright window.
Asia

Tokyo 2020 - Inclusive Design Advice

GDI Hub share their knowledge and experience including helping the British Paralympic Association (BPA) with their base camp preparations for Tokyo 2020.

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Asia | Europe

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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Two innovators working on a spring based system to adjust the width of a manual wheelchair seat to the dimension of the usersion of the
Africa

Innovate Now: How is GDI Hub Accelerating Disability Innovation in Kenya?

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

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