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

Tue 14 Jul 2015

MOD SBRI Launch Event - for three defence related SBRI calls

09:30 until 15:30

The Ministry of Defence will shortly be releasing 3 SBRI calls. The KTN is supporting the MoD by...

From Transport

Wed 08 Jul 2015

5G CONNECTIVITY: WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN YOUR BUSINESS BENEFIT?

18:00 until 20:00

5g is the next step in wireless connectivity and it could be a game changer – super fast, and...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 02 Jul 2015

TECH TALKFEST BREAKFAST

08:00 until 10:30

Our friends at Tech TalkFest will host this must-attend networking event for digital businesses...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 01 Jul 2015

TECHNOLOGY & PLACEMAKING

18:00 until 20:00

A Digital Catapult Centre Brighton taster event How can digital technologies make the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 23 Jun 2015

Introduction to Tech Angel Investing (Workshop)

15:00 until 17:00

The mission is educating high-net-worth individuals on how to angel invest and explore cross...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Sat 30 May 2015

SPACE CRAFT

All Day

A new touring exhibition, developed by the Crafts Council in partnership with Habitat, explores the relationship between architecture and making Exhibits include pieces by renowned ceramicist and...

From Design

Sun 31 May 2015

ARTISTS IN A CONNECTED WORLD - WEB WE WANT FESTIVAL TALK

All Day

A panel explores online performances, interactive experiences and digital and online art. Today, the Web and digital technology offer unprecedented opportunities for artists to make work which...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sun 31 May 2015

HEPTech SYMPOSIUM

All Day

This year from May 31st to June 6th HEPTech, based out of CERN (cern.ch) will bring together applied physics researchers at an early stage in their careers, providing them with the opportunity of...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Sun 31 May 2015

HEPTech SYMPOSIUM

All Day

This year from May 31st to June 6th HEPTech, based out of CERN (cern.ch) will bring together applied physics researchers at an early stage in their careers, providing them with the opportunity of...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 01 Jun 2015

European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) 2015

All Day

The European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) is Europe's largest international conference focused on biomass combining a highly-respected international scientific conference with an...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 01 Jun 2015

London Festival of Architecture

All Day

The annual London Festival of Architecture (LFA) — a month-long, citywide celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice — will take place at venues across the capital from...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 01 Jun 2015

Minimal Free Resolutions, Betti Numbers, and Combinatorics

All Day

Bringing together researchers working on minimal free resolutions, combinatorics, and algebraic geometry this workshop will be a forum to exchange open questions and develop further directions of...

From Industrial Mathematics

Mon 01 Jun 2015

Risk and Reliability Engineering

All Day

Risk and Reliability Engineering 01 June - 05 June 2015 This short course will introduce the principles and techniques of risk and reliability analysis and develop skills through practical...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 01 Jun 2015

UK Roadshow - Leeds

All Day

The Federation is delighted to announce its third UK Roadshow, in which leading figures from the arts, creative industries and commercial education will come together to forge new links and map the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 01 Jun 2015

The Long Term Care Revolution Live- EDINBURGH

Jun 01 / 09:00 until Jun 02 / 17:00

A growing revolution in long term health care is opening up new opportunities for social entrepreneurs, innovative tech startups and early stage businesses to take advantage of an emerging market,...

From HealthTech and Medicines