Global Disability Innovation Hub

The Global Disability Innovation Hub brings together partners connected to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people. The hub has been designed to amplify the legacy of the 2012 Paralympic Games, working with local communities, academics, experts and disabled people to drive innovation, co-design and collaboration.

GDI Hub is building a movement to accelerate disability innovation for a fairer world. 

They do this through three strands of work:

1) Delivering exceptional, inter-disciplinary research, teaching and practice

2) Stimulating open-source innovation and inclusive entrepreneurship

3) Building co-creation, participation and community leadership capacity

Hub Partners:

  • Loughborough University London
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • UAL: London College of Fashion
  • UCL
  • Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • V&A
  • Sadlers Wells
  • The Helen Hamlyn Centre For Design

Working alongside academia, UN agencies, NGOs, Governments and private sector partners, GDI Hub brings together multi-disciplinary expertise to focus on disability innovatiom. 

The Disability Innovation Summit on 13-14 July 2017 hosted leading innovators, academics and athletes to bring together disabled and non-disabled experts to shape the future through collaboration and co-design.

UCL Engineering opens Global Disability Innovation Hub Research & Teaching Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

From 2 October 2017, UCL have taken over the leadership of the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub). GDI Hub will be at the forefront of UCL’s new programmes based in UCL East, bringing community partners and start-ups, together with academics and businesses, to think about disability innovation from a new perspective. 

The GDI Hub has also announced its first MSc in Disability Design and Innovation (MSc DDI), which will be delivered by world-leading experts from UCL, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Loughborough University London, LLDC and London College of Fashion and UAL. 
The MSc will provide students with a unique multidisciplinary insight, blending engineering with the global policy and societal contexts of disability. The course will begin in September 2018, with applications opening in January 2018.
Dr Cathy Holloway, Academic Director of the GDI Hub said: 
“GDI Hub could not have been brought to life without the shared vision and hard work of the partner institutions. We have all had to move well outside of our comfort zones to develop the ‘magic in the middle’ and GDI Hub is, as a result, a little bit different. Our vision is to harness this ‘magic’ to make the world a fairer place, for everyone, and that vision is what our MSc will embody.”
Professor Mike Caine, Dean, Loughborough University London said: 
"The Global Disability Innovation Hub brings together complementary organisations to generate creative ways to work with, and empower, disabled people to overcome the challenges they face within their communities, both locally, nationally and indeed, in time, globally. Loughborough University are delighted to be involved in this important initiative."


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