GDI Hub is a research and practice centre driving disability innovation for a fairer world.
Disability innovation is part of a bigger movement for disability justice, which must disrupt current ideas and practice to create new possibilities.
Operational in over 35 countries, we work with more than 70 partners, delivering projects across a portfolio of £50m. GDI Hub has reached 12 million people since its launch in 2016 by developing bold approaches, building innovative partnerships, and creating ecosystems to accelerate change.
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- GDI Hub becomes a founding partner of #WeThe15 Movement
- Begin working with significant international clients including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, to mainstream disability innovation
- Announce our founding Assistive Tech Impact Fund investments and open our global call for applicants
- Our AT2030 programme supports WHO Assistive Products Specifications Guidebook, providing minimum quality requirements for manufacturing 26 prioritised assistive products
- GDI Hub becomes the world’s first WHO Global Collaborating Centre on Assistive Technology
- Our reach is now 21 million since our launch in 2016
- We were invited to support the Accessible cities Hackathon in Cairo, Egypt
- We joined European partners the PRIME-VR2 3-year project, funded by the EU.
- At2030’s Hearing Aid Product Narrative was launched on World Hearing Day with ATscale.
- We announced the COVID-19 response: using Assistive Technology learnings to seek emerging market ventilation solutions
- We were part of the launch for a new innovation platform with UCL www.innovationaction.org to provide global access to viable medical and protective equipment designs to aid COVID-19 response around the world.
- We received + 240 applications for the second Snowdon Masters Scholarship programme.
- We launched Disability Innovation Live, our first webinar series.
- We announced the opening of the Snowdon Masters Scholarships with the Snowdon Trust.
- Cathy Holloway won an East Innovators Award for her work with the GDI Hub.
- We attended GSMA’s World Mobile Congress (WMC19)in Barcelona.
- The Minister of State for International Development, Lord Bates, announced at the Sightheist event in London that the UK government was doubling its investment in our flagship AT2030 programme from £10million to £19.8million due to its success.
- With our Kenyan partners, we launched Africa's First Innovation Ecosystem dedicated to supporting start-ups to develop new Assistive Technology products and services in Nairobi, Kenya.
- We were part of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York, USA.
- Our AT2030 website went live.
- We attended GSMA's Mobile 360 – Africa in Kigali, Rwanda.
- We were part of the Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT) consultation summit held in Geneva. Our team contributed to five different papers.
- We launched the website for the Disability Innovation Summit taking place in Tokyo, 2020. We will be co-hosting this event with the British Council Japan in partnership with Keio University Graduate School of Media Design (KMD) and the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) Initiative.
- We were part of The Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe annual conference (AAATE) in Bologna, Italy. Researchers from GDI Hub and partner organisations including the Clinton Health Access Initiative and ATscale organised a special session focused on sharing the work carried out so far as part of the AT2030 programme.
- Cathy Holloway had a presentation at the National Conference on Assistive Technology AT2030 held at Bengaluru, India.
- We welcomed the first cohort of Disability, Design and Innovation MSc students.
- The East London Inclusive Enterprise Zone (ELIEZ) was announced. It will be the UK’s most accessible technology hub. We are partnering with UCL, Plexal, Here East, and other organisations.
- Four members of our team took part in the bi-annual International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) World Congress, their flagship meeting was held in Kobe, Japan.
- We had AT Procurement workshops in Africa (South Africa) and Central Asia (Tajikistan) with UNICEF, WHO GATE, and CHAI.
- We held two events to celebrate the International Day of People with Disabilities in Kenya and in Sierra Leone.
- GDI Hub move into UCL at Here East offices, UCL's new space that is a unique collaboration between The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and the Faculty of Engineering Science
- GDI Hub are awarded a £10m grant from the UK government to run a three year, multi-partner programme called, ‘AT:2030 – Life Changing Assistive Technology for All’
- Relationships are formed with Tokyo 2020 to assist in their preparations for the 2020 Paralympic Games and assist their thinking around a legacy from the Paralympic Games in Japan
- Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) takes up office space at Plexal in Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park until UCL at Here East is completed
- GDI Hub hold their inaugural Disability Innovation Summit on 13th and 14th July to coincide with the World Para Athletics Championships held in London Stadium. The Summit is a massive success with over 80 speakers and 300 delegates from all sectors and all corners of the world
- Plans for a new Masters MSc course led and awarded by UCL with input from London College of Fashion and Loughborough University London called, ‘Disability, Design and Innovation’ is approved
- GDI Hub successfully run Enable Makeathon 2.0 with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hosting a number of teams during the London bootcamp and sitting on the final day judging panel in Delhi
- Global Disability Innovation Hub C.I.C. a non-profit Community Interest Company is incorporated at Companies House on December 28th to facilitate the non-academic work and functions of GDI Hub
- A pop-up Hub is curated and delivered in May 2016 at Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Over the course of a week, a variety of events, talks and workshops are delivered that test the methodology, thinking and assumptions made regarding what a Hub could and should be
- On 3rd September 2016, the eve of the Paralympic Games in Rio, The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan publicly launches the Global Disability Innovation Hub to be based at UCL’s new UCL East campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
- The idea of an open and collaborative ‘Hub’ for disability innovation is presented to the founding partners for the first time
- Partners agree to support a pop-up ‘Hub’ to pilot and test the thinking with partners, stakeholders and local communities
- UK Government announced that it would invest £141m in the cultural regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park attracting Sadler’s Wells, V&A, University of Arts London and UCL
- The 'East Bank' partners coming to the Park triggers a series of conversations about collaborations on common themes, including disability innovation
- London host, ‘the most accessible Games ever’ on a Park and in venues that were designed to be inclusive for all users across both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games
- London Legacy Development Corporation commit to investing £10m on a Paralympic Legacy programme to deliver opportunities for disabled people and celebrate disability sport, arts and culture