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18 October 2021

Ceará Innovation Week

Disability Innovation Summit in Tokyo [tbd]


From August 24
to August 25





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.


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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