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

Thu 30 Apr 2015

The Rail Safety Summit 2015

Apr 30 / 08:00 until May 01 / 17:00

Day 1: A meeting of rail safety minds How do we continue to make sense of safety? Day 2: CIRAS -...

From Accelerating Innovation in Rail

Wed 02 Dec 2015

Transport Security Expo

Dec 02 / 09:00 until Dec 03 / 16:30

Now in its 13th edition, Transport Security Expo (TRS) has become the main global platform...

From Transport

Thu 18 Jun 2015

Nano4life 2015

09:00 until 17:00

Nano4Life 2015, Swansea University, 18th June. We are pleased to announce that this year...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 18 Jun 2015

Nano4Life 2015

10:00 until 17:00

This year we are pleased to announce that Nano4Life will be part of the Welsh Festival of...

From Materials

Thu 04 Jun 2015

All Wales Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering Summer Meeting 2015

Jun 04 / 09:00 until Jun 05 / 17:00

The annual All Wales Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering Summer Meeting will this year be...

From Emerging Medical Technologies

Upcoming Events

Tue 21 Apr 2015

Counter Terror Expo

All Day

Counter Terror Expo is the leading international event dedicated to mitigating the threat of terrorism. Over 10,000 attendees involved in the protection and security of private and public interests...

From Defence and Security

Tue 21 Apr 2015

Forensics Europe Expo

All Day

Forensics Europe Expo, 21 - 22 April 2015, Olympia, London is the only premier dedicated international exhibition and conference for the entire forensic sector and supply chain. The 2014 edition of...

From Forensic Science

Tue 21 Apr 2015

Forensics Europe Expo

All Day

Forensics Europe Expo, 21 - 22 April 2015, Olympia, London is the only premier dedicated international exhibition and conference for the entire forensic sector and supply chain. The 2014 edition of...

From Defence and Security

Tue 21 Apr 2015

IChemE Biochemical Engineering SIG Hands-On Bioprocessing II

All Day

This meeting will be an interactive, hands on, learning forum where students and industrialists alike can "meet the supplier base" and gain an insight into new and forthcoming technologies in the...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 21 Apr 2015

IChemE Biochemical Engineering SIG Hands-On Bioprocessing II

All Day

This meeting will be an interactive, hands on, learning forum where students and industrialists alike can "meet the supplier base" and gain an insight into new and forthcoming technologies in the...

From Chemistry

Tue 21 Apr 2015

Low Input Beef, Sheep and Dairy Workshop

All Day

The benefits of low input ruminant production systems can include reduced costs, reduced environmental pressure and the potential to improve health and welfare. While there isn’t a defined ‘low...

From Biosciences

Tue 21 Apr 2015

Philanthropy and Funding for the Arts

All Day

The Federation Policy Seminars are exclusive events at which a selection of experts and interested parties hold detailed discussions on specific areas of policy affecting the creative industries. ...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 21 Apr 2015

THE FUTURE OF... 3D PRINTING

All Day

More exciting information on this exciting event to follow soon!

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 21 Apr 2015

Utility Week Live 2015 incorporating IWEX

All Day

Peter Madden, Chief Executive of Future Cities Catapult, will be speaking on April 23, 2015. Utility Week Live incorporating IWEX is a new exhibition and conference providing those working in the...

From Future Cities

Tue 21 Apr 2015

2015 Satellite Finance Network Conference

09:00 until 17:00

The fourth Satellite Finance Network Conference is scheduled to take place on 21 April 2015. The event will focus on how businesses can achieve growth and will include: Achieving growth - A panel...

From Space