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

Mon 09 Mar 2015

Advances in Concentrator Photovoltaics

09:00 until 17:00

This one-day meeting provides a forum to assess the current state of the art. It brings together...

From Solar Electricity

Wed 18 Mar 2015

Space Propulsion Innovation Award

09:30 until 15:00

The final of the Space Propulsion Innovation Award will be taking place on 18th March at the...

From Space

Wed 25 Mar 2015

Agri-tech innovation unlocked: InCrops Conference 2015

09:30 until 16:00

At this one-day event you will have the opportunity to: discuss the key challenges affecting your...

From Industrial Biotechnology

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 Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 24 Mar 2015

Long-Term Care Revolution- Wales Roadshow

All Day

Innovate UK and the Welsh Government are delighted to be working in partnership on the The Long...

From Solar Energy Systems Special Interest Group

Upcoming Events

Fri 27 Feb 2015

BSRIA Compliance Roadshows

09:00 until 14:30

BSRIA has over 30 years’ experience of providing nationwide airtightness testing, consultancy, design reviews and support services on all buildings, both dwellings and non-dwellings. At this...

From Built Environment

Fri 27 Feb 2015

Key Cities - Unlocking Potential Workshop

10:00 until 12:00

Paula Hirst, a fellow at Future Cities Catapult, will be speaking at the upcoming workshop examining the opportunities for innovative finance that cities have available to them. The aim of the...

From Future Cities

Fri 27 Feb 2015

BIM Toolkit and the Digital Plan of Work

14:00 until 15:00

Summary An overview and update on the project to deliver the missing pieces tools needed to achieve level 2 BIM by the government mandated deadline in 2016. Find out about the project and how to...

From Built Environment

Sat 28 Feb 2015

National Student Space Conference 2015

Feb 28 / 09:00 until Mar 01 / 17:00

The UKSEDS National Student Space Conference is the premier event for space students, bringing together students, academics, and professionals from across the country to share knowledge of space,...

From Space

Mon 02 Mar 2015

Accelerating Innovation in Rail Competition Networking Event

09:30 until 17:30

Innovate UK and FutureRailway/RSSB will be running a third Accelerating Innovation in Rail competition which we hope will offer up to £6m of investment to accelerate innovation in the UK rail...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Mon 02 Mar 2015

Enhancing Customer Experience in Rail Travel

09:30 until 17:00

Accelerating Innovation in Rail Competition Networking Event Innovate UK and FutureRailway/RSSB will shortly open a third Accelerating Innovation in Rail competition which we anticipate...

From Accelerating Innovation in Rail

Tue 03 Mar 2015

2nd DairyCare Conference

All Day

The Conference's objectives are: To define current and future state of art in health and welfare monitoring and management To engage with a broad range of relevant industries and other stakeholders...

From Biosciences

Tue 03 Mar 2015

Ecobuild 2015

All Day

Combining a vast showcase of innovative products and materials, a cutting edge conference and seminar programme, and dozens of interactive features, Ecobuild is the only event to showcase your...

From Materials

Tue 03 Mar 2015

Greater interface efficiency in chemical value chains

All Day

Greater interface efficiency in chemical value chains–challenges & potential 3 March 2015 VENUE: C-Tech Innovation Ltd, Capenhurst Technology Park, Capenhurst, UK The ‘‘Greater interface...

From Chemistry

Tue 03 Mar 2015

Greater interface efficiency in chemical value chains

All Day

Greater interface efficiency in chemical value chains–challenges & potential 3 March 2015 VENUE: C-Tech Innovation Ltd, Capenhurst Technology Park, Capenhurst, UK The ‘‘Greater interface...

From Flexible Manufacturing Special Interest Group (FM SIG)