GDI hosts Disability Innovation Summit

The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), which Chris chairs, is hosting a two day Disability Innovation Summit. The GDI Hub is London’s new global research centre bringing together the top minds in Disability Innovation through collaboration, technology, partnerships and study to improve the lives of disabled people worldwide.

The GDI Hub’s mission is to foster collaboration and partnerships, using the latest tech, lived experienced, academics, innovators, business people and the local community to explore Disability Innovation from a new perspective. Based in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, the GDI Hub is part of the 2012 Paralympic legacy programme.

Over the next two days (13th and 14th July) and linked to the World Para Championships, the Disability Innovation Summit, will provide an opportunity to bring together thought leaders and practitioners, from many disciplines, with knowledge and experience of design and disability. Disabled and non-disabled experts from around the world will design, create, collaborate and innovate to shape the future of disability innovation.

Technology is shifting the disability landscape. Advancements in prosthetics, wheelchairs, wearable tech and bionics are changing the lives of disabled people, but this is just at the beginning of the story. The summit aims to nurture and encourage the huge potential for science, engineering, computing, robotics, sport and art to come together, to share knowledge and push the boundaries of design.

The summit will include keynote speeches, workshops and panel discussions:

  • The latest technologies and research
  • Disability dance, fashion and art

  • Global projects and innovations

  • Assistive technology

  • Built environment and inclusive design

  • Sport and community

  • Workplace and employment

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