On Monday 4th December the Global Disability Innovaiton Hub held it's first parlimentary reception to mark the International Day of Disabled People and the launch of two exciting new #DisabilityInnovation innitatives in East London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
We were delighted to be joined by leaders of the disability innovation movement to mark the ongoing progress of the Paralympic Legacy Programme and look to the future of Disability Innovation in the UK and around the world.
Hosted by The Lord Mawson OBE, a reception of drinks and canapes were enjoyed by all, alongside inspirational addresses from the new Secretary of State for International Deveopment Penny Mordaunt MP, The Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE (GDI Hub Chair), Clair Cockerton (CEO and Founder of Plexal) and Tarun Sarwal (Innovation Advisor International Committee of the Red Cross).
Talks highlighted the potential of innovation, collaboration and technology to drive opportunity, improve accessibility and change lives of disabled people globally.
The reception marked the start of London's first Enable Makeathon, a two week intensive international co-creation programme developing low cost disability innovation ideas into new assistive technology products and serivces. The joint programme, run by the GDI Hub and the International Committee of the Red Cross is the first of it's kind in the UK.
During her speach, Clair Cockerton also announced a GDI Hub and Plexal partnership, building a new disability innovation accellorator programme at Plexals increadible new tech ecosystem in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The accellorator will explore assisted living and big data to develop new disability innovation solutions alongside big business.
The reception was a huge success and we want to thank all speakers and guests for their ongoing support of the Global Disability Innovation Hub, and our work to build a global disability innovation movement.