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

Mon 07 Sep 2015

IDP 12: Seeding tomorrow’s vehicle technologies today

All Day

Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are to invest up to £20 million in...

From Energy Efficiency

Tue 13 Oct 2015

how technology can address key unmet needs in mental health

09:00 until 17:00

This will be held on 13th October at Philips Research, 101 Science Park, Cambridge. Mental...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 15 Oct 2015

Open Data in European Cities Workshop

09:15 until 14:00

Future Cities Catapult will be running this workshop. Open data is not only a new legal...

From Future Cities

Fri 25 Sep 2015

Mathematics Applied to Life Sciences : Poster Session

12:00 until 17:00

The poster sessions are to help initiate new collaborations with external industry & hospitals...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Thu 01 Oct 2015

Showcasing UK Excellence in Autonomous Driving

10:00 until 18:00

Pitch your expertise in front of the German Automotive Industry UK Trade & Investment is...

From Intelligent Mobility

Upcoming Events

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

Thu 06 Aug 2015

Brokering event: ‘Game-changing Technologies for Aerospace’

08:30 until 13:30

The latest “Highly Innovative Technology Enablers in Aerospace (HITEA 3)” competition Innovate UK in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland & Queens University Belfast would like to invite you...

From Transport

Thu 06 Aug 2015

Brokering event: ‘Game-changing Technologies for Aerospace’

08:30 until 13:30

The latest “Highly Innovative Technology Enablers in Aerospace (HITEA 3)” competition Innovate UK in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland & Queens University Belfast would like to invite you...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Thu 06 Aug 2015

HITEA 3 - Northern Ireland Breifing

08:30 until 13:30

6th August, 08:30 for 09:00 – 13:30, Northern Ireland Technology Centre, Queens University Belfast, Cloreen Park, Malone Road, Belfast Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board) in...

From Aerospace

Thu 06 Aug 2015

British Society for Nanomedicine - Young Researchers Meeting

Aug 06 / 09:00 until Aug 07 / 17:00

British Society for Nanomedicine - Young Researchers Meeting 6th -7th August, 2015, Univerity of Liverpool The meeting allows postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers undertaking research across...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 06 Aug 2015

British Society of Nanomedicine Annual Conference

Aug 06 / 09:00 until Aug 07 / 17:00

The British Society for Nanomedicine (BSNM) is committed to holding meetings to develop the research community within the UK. This year the BSNM will be hosting a a young researchers meeting at the...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 06 Aug 2015

Young Researchers Meeting

Aug 06 / 09:00 until Aug 07 / 17:00

University of Liverpool - 6th & 7th August 2015 The British Society for Nanomedicine is committed to holding meetings to develop the research community within the UK. This meeting allows...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 06 Aug 2015

Brokering event: ‘Game-changing Technologies for Aerospace’

09:30 until 13:30

The latest “Highly Innovative Technology Enablers in Aerospace (HITEA 3)” competition Innovate UK in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland & Queens University Belfast would like to invite you...

From Uncertainty Quantification and Management in High Value Manufacturing