Join networks, make connections; discover what effective knowledge transfer and open innovation can do for your business.

"Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology."

Harvard Business School

_connect is an initiative from the UK's Technology Strategy Board with the singular aim of making open innovation happen.

The networks on _connect are home to some of UK Industry's brightest minds, and they are waiting to collaborate on their next exciting projects.

Join _connect and see what open innovation can do for your business.

Featured networks

Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Helping UK enterprises large & small to innovate and compete globally, based on sustainability & resource efficiency drivers and opportunities.


Space

Connecting the spectrum of activities across the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy with existing communities, to foster a space community spanning government, industry and academia


Materials

The Materials Community aims to bring together the materials supply chain to accelerate innovation, improve global competitiveness and sustainability.


Nanotechnology

The KTN Ltd's Nanotechnology Community


Future Cities

The Future Cities Group is part of the Urban Living group


Chemistry

Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries


Biosciences

Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Supporting the development of a new industrial RAS sector in the UK


Quantum Technologies

This Community is a place for everyone that is interested in exploring the commercial opportunities for Qunatum Technologies in the UK. Anyone, be that from industry, academia or interested individuals is encouraged to join and participate.


Energy Harvesting Special Interest Group

Energy Harvesting is a means of powering electronic devices by scavenging many low-grade ambient, or "wasted" energy sources such as environmental vibrations, human power, thermal gradients, or pressure gradients, and their conversion into useable electrical energy.


New Events

Tue 14 Apr 2015

The long-term care revolution national challenge: Webinar

10:00 until 12:30

This SBRI competition aims to stimulate the development of innovative new products, services and...

From Innovate UK Network

Tue 14 Apr 2015

The long-term care revolution national challenge: Event

10:00 until 16:00

This SBRI competition aims to stimulate the development of innovative new products, services and...

From Innovate UK Network

Wed 15 Apr 2015

Spearheading future electric vehicle battery production: EVENT

10:00 until 16:00

Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are to invest up to £10 million in a...

From Innovate UK Network

Wed 17 Jun 2015

Suspensionology: Practical Suspension Formulation

All Day

“Suspensionology” has been developed by iFormulate with the benefit of industry feedback to...

From Materials

Tue 28 Apr 2015

HITEA3

All Day

This event will highlight the main features of the competition, and provide opportunities to...

From Materials

Upcoming Events

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Creating smart products from smart materials - Cardiff

All Day

The Knowledge Transfer Network is supporting Innovate UK’s smart materials competition by running a series of consortia building events on and around the time that the call opens. The events will...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Fri 27 Mar 2015

International Conference ICNBS Egypt 2015

All Day

Nakaa Nanotechnology Network NNN an affilate of Naqaa Foundation for scientific Research, Technology and Development is organizing the third International Conference: “Nanotechnology, Biotechnology...

From Naqaa Nanotechnology Network NNN

Fri 27 Mar 2015

The UK Composites Strategy - what does it mean for SMEs

09:00 until 14:00

As you may be aware, the Composites Leadership Forum (CLF) has been working hard over the last 18 months to develop a new UK Composites Strategy for industry, due to be launched in spring this...

From Materials

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Creating smart products from smart materials

09:30 until 14:00

The Knowledge Transfer Network is supporting Innovate UK’s smart materials competition by running a series of consortia building events on and around the time that the call opens. These events...

From Materials

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Creating smart products from smart materials - workshop

09:30 until 14:00

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest up to £6m in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects to encourage the development of smart...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 27 Mar 2015

DECC Wetland Biomass to Bioenergy Demonstration Events - Scotland

10:00 until 16:00

On the 27th March 2015 AMW IBERS will be hosting a demonstration of their new integrated process in Scotland, a project supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to convert wetland...

From Carbon Management

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Digital Forensics and Big Data: Extracting Actionable Information

10:00 until 17:00

Using Digital Data Sources and Big Data to Extract Actionable Information for Crime Investigation and Security Event objective: informing and networking to develop opportunities for innovation in...

From Industrial Mathematics

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Digital Forensics and Big Data: Extracting Actionable Information

10:00 until 17:00

Using Digital Data Sources and Big Data to Extract Actionable Information for Crime Investigation and Security Event objective: informing and networking to develop opportunities for innovation in...

From Forensic Science

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Future Smart Applications for Elastomers

13:45 until 16:15

This RIEG ATDM copromoted by the Knowledge Transfer Network will focus on non structural applications for elastomers that are being developed in UK universities. The topics will include Electro...

From Materials

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Mobility as a service: What is the future of intelligent transport?

18:00 until 20:00

Registration is free and opens at 6pm with the event starting promptly at 6.30pm followed by networking drinks at 8pm. The changing dynamics of transport use coupled to economic and population...

From Intelligent Mobility