Global Disability Innovation Hub

Design thinking partnership for disability innovation.

The GDI Hub intends to change perception about disability through trans-disciplinary design and innovation initiatives by creating a dedicated research, teaching and practice centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, with an engaged and active global network and online community.

London College of Fashion with DALab are a founding partner in this initiative, bringing together expertise from UCL, Loughborough University, V&A, Sadlers Wells, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, (RCA) Hellen Hamlyn Centre for Design, and Leonard Cheshire.

A MSc in Disability, Design and Innovation has been developed with partners, Loughborough, UCL and London College of Fashion.

‘We harness academic excellence, innovative practice and co-creation to tackle global challenges from a new perspective.’

The work runs across five themes:

#no-hands AI Ars Electronica BFTT Body Co-creation collaborator DigitalCoffee DigitalUnknowns Draping Physical Interfaces HyperRealHuman Internet of Fashion knowledge_exchange MA Collaborative Unit Performance PhD Programmable Matter Research Stratford students Symposium Techtile Jungle Workshops