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

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

Wed 03 Jun 2015

11th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries

All Day

The 11th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 23 Apr 2015

Low impact buildings: Findings from Innovate UK

14:45 until 15:45

KTN will be running a session at Sustainability Live on 'Low Impact Buildings: Findings from...

From Built Environment

Wed 17 Jun 2015

Suspensionology: Practical Suspension Formulation

All Day

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

From Chemistry

Upcoming Events

Thu 26 Mar 2015

Delivering Stratified Medicine: The UK's Journey

All Day

The Stratified Medicine Innovation Platform Programme Coordination Group (SMIP PCG) is a consortium of Government bodies and leading charities working together to accelerate the development and...

From Stratified Medicine Innovation Platform

Thu 26 Mar 2015

Industry-Academia Innovation Camp

08:15 until 16:15

OpenIQE have teamed up with ESTnet and five of Wales’ research-intensive universities to deliver a unique event to enhance collaboration and innovation in Wales. The five universities -...

From Built Environment

Thu 26 Mar 2015

Industry-Academia Innovation Camp

08:15 until 16:15

OpenIQE have teamed up with ESTnet and five of Wales’ research-intensive universities to deliver a unique event to enhance collaboration and innovation in Wales. The five universities -...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Thu 26 Mar 2015

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Conference

08:45 until 17:00

This full-day conference will include: Sessions with two government ministers Senior automotive OEM speakers 40 speakers and ~300 delegates Launch of report assessing potential economic opportunity...

From Transport

Thu 26 Mar 2015

Cybersecurity in medical devices

09:00 until 17:00

“We are aware of hundreds of medical devices that have been infected by malware or dangerous computer software”, said Bill Maisel of the US FDA. Medical devices, like other computer systems, can be...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 26 Mar 2015

IET Nuclear Engineering for Safety, Control & Security seminar

09:00 until 17:00

Over 100 delegates attended 2014’s sell-out Nuclear Engineering seminar covering safety, control and security. Specific sessions on human factors, learning from the aviation industry and new build...

From Energy Generation and Supply

Thu 26 Mar 2015

Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Networking Event

09:00 until 18:00

The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Networking Event provides an opportunity for researchers from industry and across the University of Oxford and its partner organisations to learn about and...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 26 Mar 2015

Unplugged Final Event – Spain

09:00 until 16:00

Today electric vehicles (EV) are having a hard time being accepted by the customer and diffusing in the market. Even though many aspects of EVs seem making them very appealing (e.g. very low energy...

From Energy Efficiency

Thu 26 Mar 2015

US Healthcare Reform – Overview & Opportunities

09:00 until 17:00

US Healthcare Reform – Overview & Opportunities Thursday 26th March 2015, London. This event aims to assess the opportunities and challenges for medical technology companies doing business within...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 26 Mar 2015

Precision Dairy Management Conference

09:30 until 16:30

The UK's first precision dairy conference will include sessions on heifer management, precision feeding, innovative health management and successful fertility. The event is deisgned for dairy...

From Biosciences