2. Innovation

Supporting new products and service delivery models to scale

  • Improve the use of emerging technology for accessibility
  • Spark Assistive Technology (AT) innovation
  • Scale-up proven AT and associated service delivery models
  • Establish an Innovation Ecosystem in Kenya: Innovate Now.
  • Assistive Technology Impact Fund (ATIF)
  • Support start-ups to scale solutions to new service delivery approaches and disruptive technologies
  • Ecosystem acceleration programme
  • Live Labs and an AT Makeathon


  • Innovation Hub India: Led by the WHO, UCL and the Indian Council for Medical Research we are exploring a new partnership to deliver an Innovation Hub in India with regional reach.
  • Innovation: Delivering AT innovations in East Africa through inclusive innovation ecosystems, AT accelerator, service delivery and wheelchair provision. Horizon scanning to scope the disability mobile gap and programmes to address stigma. 3D printing for humanitarian response and an AT Makeathon.
  • AT Impact Fund: The AT Impact Fund was established to better enable frontier technology solutions to reach people with disabilities in Africa, and to test business models that are most likely to succeed.


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    Digital Fabrication of Lower Limb Prosthetic Sockets

    Dr Ben Oldfrey, Mark Miodownik, Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Dr Rhys Williams, Catherine Holloway, Global Disability Innovation Hub, UCL, Institute of Making
    Dec. 16, 2020

    This innovation insight discusses current approaches to digital fabrication of lower limb prosthetics (LLP) sockets aimed at low resourced settings. Digital fabrication of LLPs sockets has been researched for a number of decades, yet these technologies are not widely adopted, and most of the activities within this domain reside in high-income settings. However, the majority of amputees are in LMICs where there is a severe lack of access to services. It is in LMICs then, that the advantages that digital technologies offer could be of particular benefit however little to no progress in digital workflow adoption has been made to date

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    Assistive Tech Impact Fund: £4m fund trialling impact investment

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Brink, Catalyst Fund, Tamara Giltsoff
    Dec. 3, 2020

    On the International Day of People with Disabilities, the new Assistive Tech Impact Fund (ATIF) has been launched out of the UK Aid-funded AT2030 programme, led by the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub. It is a collaboration between GDI Hub, Brink, Tamara Giltsoff and Catalyst Fund. The partnership combines deep expertise in AT, innovation and venture building in Africa, respectively.

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    An AT Innovator Case Study: Amparo

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Catherine Holloway, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Dr Rhys Williams
    Dec. 3, 2020
    Germany, Africa

    In this innovation insight paper, we interviewed Lucas Paes de Melo, the CEO of Amparo, to discuss the journey so far of prosthetics company, Amparo. Rather than focus on the product, this insights paper provides an honest reflection of the journey to establishing an assistive technology company and delves into transferable insights. In doing so, we aim to provide insights to help current and future AT entrepreneurs to see behind the curtain of working in this space.

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    Powering Inclusion: Artificial Intelligence and Assistive Technology

    Felipe Ramos Barajas
    Nov. 14, 2020

    The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2050 two billion people will need AT, yet 90% will not have access. This is why the AT2030 programme is engaged in testing research, innovation, policy, and building community solutions to see what works in addressing that enormous challenge.

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    African Inclusive Employment Innovators sought for Assistive Technology Acceleration Opportunity with Innovate Now

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, AMREF Health Africa
    Oct. 15, 2020

    Africa’s first Assistive Technology Accelerator, Innovate Now, is launching the third call for application from innovators across the African continent to develop technologies and services designed to assist people living with disabilities around the theme of the Future of Inclusive Employment.