Innovation

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.

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

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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India | United Kingdom

PhD Research: Erasable Tactile Doodling - Toodleoo

Designing a new way to produce erasable tactile drawings and graphics to present visualisations to blind and partially sighted students and professionals. The project uses smart materials and research on ways to make them operational. The final output will be particularly useful to understand STEM subjects and to express and communicate ideas and creativity.

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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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A woman wearing headphones using a smartphone
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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Local Production Local Solutions Grantee Map
Nigeria | Uganda | Zambia | Nepal | South Sudan

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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Bangladesh

Mobile-powered employment opportunities for all; i2i challenge call for Bangladesh

Up to £20,000 is available to support winning applicants in the development of employment solutions focused around mobile in Bangladesh. Mobile technology can act as a bridge to employment opportunities by helping people learn skills, increasing awareness of job opportunities and helping to get and retain employment opportunities.

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

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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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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photo of team smiling next to a GDI hub banner
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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