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

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.


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


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

Wed 20 May 2015
Fri 19 Jun 2015

ReNEW Demonstration Event

All Day

The ReNEW project is hosting a demonstration event at Queen’s University Belfast to highlight the...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Thu 11 Jun 2015

Environmental Monitoring Show 2015

All Day

The University of York's Environment Department, York Environmental Sustainability Institute and...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Tue 08 Sep 2015

"Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems" (TAROS) 2015

All Day

The 16th Towards Autonomous Robotics Systems (TAROS) Conference and Industry Exhibition will take...

From Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Thu 11 Jun 2015

Verification and Validation of Autonomous Systems Software

09:30 until 16:15

Purpose The purpose of this workshop is to explore the current industrial best practices in...

From Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Upcoming Events

Fri 22 May 2015

FundSME Event - Connecting SMEs & Start-Ups with all Sources of Finance

08:00 until 18:00

If you need funding, cheaper funding or alternative funding, FundSME is the best solution for you! The FundSME website and one-day event will accommodate upto: €6 Billion just for SMEs 40...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 22 May 2015

Future of Digital Health Care Symposium 2015

09:00 until 17:00

We are very pleased to offer you the unique opportunity to register your interest to attend the ‘Future of Digital Health + Care Symposium’ which will be held in May on the beautiful Isle of...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Fri 22 May 2015

Graphene Industry Workshops 2015

09:00 until 17:00

Introduction to Graphene and other 2D Materials for SME manufacturers interested in developing graphene applications. Manchester is an international centre of excellence for graphene. These events...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Fri 22 May 2015

Growing your Fashion, Retail & E-Exporting business

10:00 until 14:00

Export Week is a week of high-profile events in every corner of the UK promoting exporting to businesses. A series of seminars and events will be held to offer unique and informed advice on how to...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 22 May 2015

Growing your Fashion, Retail & E-Exporting business internationally

10:00 until 14:00

Export Week is a week of high-profile events in every corner of the UK promoting exporting to businesses. A series of seminars and events will be held to offer unique and informed advice on how to...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Fri 22 May 2015

The Future of Biosurfactants - Webinar hosted by BIOTIC

14:00 until 15:00

BIO-TIC invites you to attend the webinar on the biosurfactants product group which will take place on Friday 22 May 2015, from 3-4 pm CET. The agenda includes: Introduction to BIO-TIC , by Pierre...

From Chemistry

Fri 22 May 2015

Disrupts Antipitch

18:30 until 21:00

It’s not about being nice. It's about being real. We mix a selection of startups with a panel of industry experts. The idea, the plan, and the finances of the startups are stripped down to their...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sat 23 May 2015

Workshop: An Introduction to 3D Printing & Digital Fashion Design

09:00 until 13:30

Want to learn how to design and manufacture your own 3D-printed fashion accessories? Come and join this 2-day hands-on workshop at WonderLuk HQ. Learn about 3D-printing technology and how to...

From Design

Sat 23 May 2015

Digital Legacy Conference 2015

15:30 until 20:30

Hello and welcome to the first ever Digital Legacy Conference taking place in London in late 2015. The Conference will explore how the internet has changed the way we remember and grieve. It will...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 25 May 2015

Security of Symmetric Ciphers in Network Protocols

All Day

As part of a collaborative venture between the Indian Statistical Institute, India, and Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom, this workshop will focus on mathematics and its...

From Industrial Mathematics