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Disability Innovation Summit

24 August 2020
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Organisers statement 

Following the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Disability Innovation Summit will not be taking place in Tokyo this August as originally planned.


We would like to thank our Tokyo Summit co-hosts, the British Council Japan, Keio University Graduate School of Media Design (KMD) and the World Health Organisation Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) Initiative.


We remain committed to our objective of exploring global breakthroughs in disability technology, innovation and culture and will work closely with our co-hosts to build collaborative relationships and explore opportunities for the 2021 Paralympic Games and beyond, once the date of the Games is known.

Technology, Culture, Innovation

Exploring global breakthroughs in scalable technology, innovation and culture alongside the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games. 

The Paralympics represents the forefront of assistive technology in the sporting world; inspiring innovation, engaging 

communities and generating a platform for global change. 


Beyond sport, disability innovation is expanding on an international scale. Businesses, governments and organisations are recognising the power of disabled audiences, the impact of accessibility, the benefit of inclusive design and the opportunities created by technological advancements. 


The Global Disability Innovation Hub’s (GDI Hub) second Disability Innovation Summit is co-hosted by the British Council, in partnership with Keio University Graduate School of Media Design (KMD) and WHO Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) Initiative. 


The summit will look at the global potential of the disability innovation movement, from products and services, to thinking and research. An opportunity to bring together global experts and emerging talent to explore the future of disability innovation and its potential to change lives around the world. 

How can we accelerate scalable disability innovation?

Topics will include; assistive technology, inclusive design, global products, design solutions, accessibility, sport, the arts, transformative technologies, social development and paralympic legacy. 

Collaborative and multi-disciplinary the Disability Innovation Summit will be a platform for new ideas, a forum to share successes and an opportunity to explore scalable breakthroughs with the ability to make global change. 

Dynamic in it's approach, the summit will focus on vision and opportunity, showcasing experiences and learnings across culture, academia, business and technology.


Mixture of talks, panel discussions and engagement sessions with a focus on scalability and global impact.

Talks - Short and engaging, speakers from around the world will share successes and challenges, and their vision for the future. 

Panel discussions - Key topics and specific themes will be explored in more detail, with lively debate and audience input. 


Engagement sessions – Exploring areas of interest in more details, and an opportunity for networking and collaboration.


Exhibition space - Showcasing the latest products and services from the world of disability innovation. 


Evening reception – Build relationships with speakers and delegates, and celebrate the start of the 2020 Paralympic Games. 

By 2020 2 billion people will require Assistive Technology

Currently only 10% of the world's 1 billion disabled people have access to the assistive technology they need

WHO - 'Priority Assistive Products List (APL)' 2016

The Disability Innovation Summit is co-hosted by the Global Disability Innovation Hub and British Council Japan in partnership with Keio University Graduate School of Media Design (KMD_ and the WHO Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) Initiative.

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