Today London Mayor Sadiq Khan joined Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE to launch London Tech Week and announce Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE as Chair of the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) Board.
Alongside Lord Holmes, the GDI Hub has recruited 16 board members from three continents. Over two-thirds of the board members are disabled, underlining the GDI Hub’s commitment to amplify the voices and talents of disabled people.
During the event the GDI Hub called for partners to join the Disability Innovation Accelerator. The first of its kind in the UK, this call to industry will bring together start-ups, established businesses, disabled people and NGOs to shape disability tech globally. Run by Plexal, successful collaborations will receive incubation within Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem. The Disability Innovation Accelerator will focus on three themes: Inclusive City Living, Assistive Technologies and Big Data & Analytics.
Lord Holmes said;
‘I am absolutely delighted to be the first Chair of the Global Disability Innovation Hub Board (GDI Hub) and to be a part of a project with such potential to transform lives.
The GDI Hub’s focus on technology and innovation to improve the lives of disabled people worldwide is a worthy legacy from London 2012 and one very close to my heart.
I have personally benefited from assistive technology and believe truly inclusive design unlocks talent by removing barriers to disabled people but also, essentially, benefits everyone by leading to ground breaking technological solutions or applications and truly excellent design.
I’m looking forward to the role the GDI Hub will play in this mission, we have a brilliant team and I relish the challenge before us.’
In July the GDI Hub will host the first Disability Innovation Summit, alongside the 2017 World Para-Athletics Championships. The two day event will explore research and ideas, looking at innovation in tech, design, development, culture and art.
Covering a wide range of topics, disabled and non-disabled global experts will share their thoughts and visions. Speakers include the World Bank, Channel 4, the World Health Organisation and leading academics, designers and engineers. Tickets are available online at www.disabilitysummit.co.uk
Born out of the 2012 Paralympic Legacy programme, the GDI Hub works across assistive technology, disability sport, the built environment, accessibility, art, theatre, dance and development. Founding partners include London legacy Development Corporation, University College London, UAL’s London College of Fashion, Loughborough University London, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.
The GDI Hub explores disability innovation from a new perspective by bringing together disabled people, academics, innovators, charities, corporates and international organisations