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 24 Jun 2015

Open-source big data insight' competition

All Day

CDE briefings and competitions Working with the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) - are you...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 24 Jun 2015

open-source big data insight' competition

09:00 until 16:00

CDE briefings and competitions Working with the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) - are you...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 23 Sep 2015

SENSING IN WATER CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION

All Day

Sensing in Water 2015 will be held at the Nottingham Belfry again. We are planning 2 days of...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Fri 17 Apr 2015

Open-source big data insight' competition

09:30 until 16:00

CDE briefings and competitions Working with the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) - are you new...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 23 Apr 2015

TIGA & Softlayer UK Roadshow: Videogame Infrastructure

18:00 until 21:30

Details of this event are available on the TIGA website. Please follow the link below for more...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Bilbao Marine Energy Week

All Day

The second edition of southern Europe’s largest marine energy conference will be held in Bilbao from 20 - 24 April, 2015. The event will attract leading agents, companies, researchers and...

From Energy Generation and Supply

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Decision Analysis for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

All Day

University of Exeter, Harrison Building. 20th - 21st April This workshop will bring scientists from a broad spectrum of the climate community together with decision makers, policy advisors, and...

From PURE: knowledge exchange network

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Decision Analysis for Policy in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

All Day

Where: University of Exeter, Harrison Building When: 20th - 21st April This workshop will bring scientists from a broad spectrum of the climate community together with decision makers, policy...

From Industrial Mathematics

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Gradient Flows: From Theory to Application

All Day

The main objective of this workshop is to bring experts from analysis, numerics and relevant applications together, initiate intra- and interdisciplinary collaborations and develop pathways from...

From Industrial Mathematics

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Printed Photovoltaics - From Materials to Manufacture

All Day

We are delighted to welcome an exceptional series of speakers to Swansea for this two day workshop discussing challenges and opportunities for printed PV technologies. With contributions from both...

From Materials

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Printed Photovoltaics: From Materials to Manufacture

All Day

Printed Photovoltaics: From Materials to Manufacture 20-21 April 2015, Swansea, UK Printed Photovoltaics: From Materials to Manufacture, is a two day workshop to discuss the challenge and...

From Solar Energy Systems Special Interest Group

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Building the Smart City: An IoT Workshop

09:00 until 17:00

Join OpenSensors for a practical introduction to the systems, technologies and opportunities of the smarter city. The Open Data Institute and Arup are hosting a smart cities event on 20th April...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Rubber - Compounding to meet Engineering Challenges

09:00 until 17:00

The Manchester Polymer Group is holding a one day seminar at Lancashire County Cricket Ground, Old Trafford, Manchester on April 20th 2015. Programme: 9.00am - Registration 9.40-9.45am - Welcome...

From Materials

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Wearable Technologies Innovation Contest – Final Event

10:00 until 16:30

Innovate UK's digital innovation programme IC tomorrow will be holding the final event for its ‘Wearable Technologies innovation contest’ on 20th April 2015 from 10 am until 4.30 pm at the Digtial...

From IC tomorrow

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Wearable Technologies Innovation Contest – Final Event

10:00 until 16:30

Innovate UK's digital innovation programme IC tomorrow will be holding the final event for its ‘Wearable Technologies innovation contest’ on 20th April 2015 from 10 am until 4.30 pm at the Digtial...

From Innovate UK Network