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


Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors

Future Cities

The Future Cities Group is part of the Urban Living group

Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

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


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


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


The KTN Ltd's Nanotechnology Community


Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries

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

Thu 24 Sep 2015

Design + Tech = Magic (Open Studio) part of The London Design Festival

15:00 until 19:00

Global design and product studio, Brilliant Basics, is throwing open its doors and inviting you...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 15 Sep 2015

Advantec's Digital Leaders Networking Dinner - September 2015

19:30 until 22:30

Join us for an evening of networking and entertainment at Advantec's next exclusive,...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 08 Sep 2015

Working Girl London Network Launch

18:00 until 21:00

The all new WGL Network is building upon the foundations of the blog with two main aims: 1....

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 16 Sep 2015

Increase your employee engagement by treating your employees like customers

18:30 until 20:30

Culture has become one of the decade’s buzzwords, the media delighting in naming and shaming what...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 08 Sep 2015

The Film Festival Doctor & The British Urban Film Festival Networking Event

19:00 until 22:00

Film Creatives! - Come and join The Film Festival Doctor, Rebekah Louisa Smith, and the rest of...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Fri 28 Aug 2015

The FriendZone

19:00 until 22:00

Join us in the heart of Shoreditch for another exciting evening filled with potential new friends. Our team of Minglers will host an array of games and social interaction activities that will have...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sat 29 Aug 2015

Online IoT Training

All Day

Learn from world leaders in IoT Training. It's 5 days of Live audio video conference with instructors where in they deliver a comprehensive knowledge on End - to - End IoT. The content...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sun 30 Aug 2015

10th Summer School on IoT and it`s Application

All Day

SenZations 2015 Summer School, the annual event on the agenda of young researchers from across the world will be held in Belgrade, Hotel 88 rooms 4*, Serbia from August 30th to September 5th, 2015....

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sun 30 Aug 2015

9th European Conference on Marine Natural Products

All Day

The 9th European Marine Natural Products Conference will be held in Glasgow, Scotland 30th August – 2nd September 2015 at the newly built Technical Innovation Centre (TIC), University of...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Sun 30 Aug 2015

Developing tools to maximise feed use efficiency in monogastrics

14:30 until 18:30

CO-FCE is a European research project that will provide strategies and tools to the pig and poultry industries in order to feed a growing global population in an efficient and ecologically-friendly...

From Biosciences

Mon 31 Aug 2015

66th EAAP

All Day

The 66th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) will be held from 31st of August to 4th of September 2015, on the Campus of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences SGGW.

From Biosciences

Mon 31 Aug 2015

How to implement Precision Livestock Farming?

14:00 until 18:00

The Animal Task Force and EAAP cordially invite you to the Special Session “How to implement Precision Livestock Farming?” on Monday August 31, 2015 in Warsaw (as part of the EAAP conference), to...

From Biosciences

Tue 01 Sep 2015

QUAMP 2015

All Day

QUAMP 2015 is the biennial AMOP meeting: the International Conference on Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics, being held in Brighton UK from 1-4 September 2015. The meeting will cover...

From Quantum Technologies

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Ruminant Health and Welfare Workshop

All Day

This Sustainable and Efficient Food Supply Advanced Training Partnership (Pasture ATP) workshop is designed both as an entry point to the Ruminant Health and Welfare distance learning module and to...

From Biosciences

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Synthetic Biology UK 2015: Think, develop, measure, make

All Day

Synthetic Biology is a field that has rapidly expanded. It relies on multidisciplinary approaches and delivers transdisciplinary advances that have the potential to redefine our understanding of...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group