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

Biosciences

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.


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


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

Fri 18 Sep 2015

MANUFACTURING (Making Things) IN THE FUTURE

All Day

Autodesk, HSSMI, Cranfield University, Innovate UK and The KTN are hosting "Manuafcturing (making...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Wed 25 Nov 2015

Open Satellite Data in Agriculture Workshop

10:00 until 14:00

Satellite and space technology is increasingly being used to further the productivity of...

From Space

Mon 07 Sep 2015

Carbon Dioxide Utilisation: Faraday Discussion

All Day

Carbon dioxide utilisation processes convert CO2 into commercially viable products such as...

From Chemistry

Thu 24 Sep 2015

Future of Biomedicine Industry Day

All Day

This free event will take place on Thursday 24th September and features keynote speakers, Paul...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Fri 11 Sep 2015

European Green Vehicle Initiative Brokerage Event

09:00 until 13:30

KTN will be hosting a half-day brokerage event at the Transport Systems Catapult in Milton Keynes...

From Transport

Upcoming Events

Sun 02 Aug 2015

Pure London

All Day

Pure London is the UK’s most dynamic fashion and footwear gathering, where over 600 exclusive premium brands, emerging designers and market-leading labels reveal their anticipated Spring/Summer 16...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 03 Aug 2015

Game Developers Conference Europe 2015

09:30 until 19:00

This confluence of industry professionals allows GDC Europe to address the development community at a central location in the heart of Europe, and command the critical mass of the European games...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 03 Aug 2015

Lovely shiny technology - Now I got a voice, but nobody’s listening! (No.5)

18:30 until 20:30

Where is technology really affecting your cultural life? Digital technology has given us the means of expressing ourselves in public more easily than ever before… so it seems a shame that the Daily...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 04 Aug 2015

Creative Circles

08:30 until 10:30

Creative Circles is a great opportunity to meet other creative, tech & maker folk ready to make new connections, discuss ideas & projects all over an early morning cuppa. Drop-in anytime between...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 04 Aug 2015

Driverless Cars Competition Briefing

10:00 until 17:00

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest up to £20 million in collaborative R&D projects and relevant feasibility studies, in partnership with Innovate UK, to stimulate...

From Innovate UK Network

Tue 04 Aug 2015

Driverless Cars Competition Briefing

10:00 until 17:00

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest up to £20 million in collaborative R&D projects and relevant feasibility studies, in partnership with Innovate UK, to stimulate...

From Intelligent Mobility

Tue 04 Aug 2015

Driverless Cars Competition Briefing by Webinar

10:00 until 13:00

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest up to £20 million in collaborative R&D projects and relevant feasibility studies, in partnership with Innovate UK, to stimulate...

From Innovate UK Network

Wed 05 Aug 2015

Gamescom

All Day

gamescom is the largest trade fair and event highlight for interactive games in Cologne. More than 335,000 visitors celebrated the `next generation of gaming` on the gamescom 2014. The journey will...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 05 Aug 2015

ASCCT webinar: The GARD assay for skin and respiratory sensitization

16:00 until 18:00

Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/842516545615671297 In order to reduce exposure to sensitizing compounds, it is of high importance to identify possible chemical allergens...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Thu 06 Aug 2015

Young Researchers Meeting

All Day

The British Society for Nanomedicine is committed to holding meetings to develop the research community within the UK. This meeting allows postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers from all areas...

From Materials