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Disability Innovation Summit in Tokyo


From August 24
to August 25





Organisers statement

‘Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and subsequent control measures, the GDI Hub is pausing to review it’s Disability Innovation Summit delivery plans, while we monitoring the fast-changing situation.

We remain committed to hosting a powerful engagement opportunity around the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, with the aim of driving the disability innovation movement globally.

We are in the process of exploring alternative formats to limit financial risk, given the emerging constraints.

Further updates will follow once the international situation, and comprehensive global response, is better understood.’


The Disability Innovation Summit sets out to Explore global breakthroughs in scalable technology, innovation and culture alongside the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games.

From the announcement:

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.

We’d love to join the event. You as well? There is a Call for ideas open now:

A section of the Disability Innovation Summit will be assigned to new ideas; where individuals can submit topics to present or showcase. Students, entrepreneurs, organisations, businesses and start-ups are encouraged to submit;

Online submissions are now open, and will close on 1st March 2020 at midnight.

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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