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


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.


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


The Materials Community aims to bring together the materials supply chain to accelerate innovation, improve global competitiveness and sustainability.


The KTN Ltd's Nanotechnology Community


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

Wed 09 Sep 2015

Venturefest Scotland 2015

08:30 until 18:30

Venturefest Scotland is the first business event of its kind in Scotland and part of the...

From Transport

Tue 06 Oct 2015

RenewableUK 2015

Oct 06 / 09:00 until Oct 08 / 17:00

Widely recognised as the renewables event to attend in the UK – this event covers onshore &...

From Energy Efficiency

Thu 01 Oct 2015

NEC Future Technology 2015

All Day

Urban populations, climate and economic pressures are increasing. Clients are ever more seeking...

From Built Environment

Mon 21 Sep 2015

Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructure (CSCI)

All Day

As cyber security incidents continue to escalate in frequency and cost, it is becoming...

From Built Environment

Thu 08 Oct 2015

Forensic Science Technology Showcase 2015

All Day

The third annual SIG Technology Showcase will take place on Thursday 8th October in Birmingham....

From Forensic Science

Upcoming Events

Tue 07 Jul 2015

10th International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

All Day

SAVE THE DATE The conference is being hosted by the Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG) at Nottingham University and jointly organised in conjunction with Additive...

From Materials

Tue 07 Jul 2015

2015 Food and Drink IT Summit

All Day

The move towards a smart food business is increasing. More and more data is available throughout the food factory and across the whole food chain. This availability of data and the means to analyse...

From Biosciences

Tue 07 Jul 2015

8th Conference of International Society for Industrial Ecology , Surrey, UK

All Day

The 2015 conference of the ISIE, International Society for Industrial Ecology, will take place in the UK. This is a great opportunity for professional and researchers of many different sectors to...

From Built Environment

Tue 07 Jul 2015

Agri-Tech East Pollinator: The Good, the Bad and the (B)ugly

All Day

In this Pollinator Agri-Tech East will be exploring the split personalities of fungi. Some cause devastating crop diseases (such as the late blight of potatoes, responsible for the Irish Potato...

From Biosciences

Tue 07 Jul 2015

Digital Health Summit and Exhibition

All Day

Attending the Digital Health Summit and Exhibition 2015 allows you to explore the transformation of healthcare service delivery, while harnessing technology for patient benefit. Using technology in...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 07 Jul 2015

Dstl Supplier Day 2015

All Day

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) will hold its fourth annual Supplier Day at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford on Tuesday 7 July 2015. The Dstl Supplier Day will give both existing...

From Defence and Security

Tue 07 Jul 2015

Expanding the role of universities in local economic growth

All Day

This seminar will focus on ways in which universities can increase their role in the growth of their local economies. Overall, sessions will include discussion on: How universities can work...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 07 Jul 2015

International Discussion “Solar Fuels": From Materials to Devices”

All Day

7-8th July: International Discussion Meeting “Solar Fuels: Moving from Materials to Devices” The Solar Fuels Network warmly invites you to join us at the Royal Society, London for an international...

From Solar Energy Systems Special Interest Group

Tue 07 Jul 2015

ISIE Conference 2015 - Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology

All Day

The conference will run from Tuesday 7th July to Friday 10th July 2015. In an exciting addition to the usual platform and poster presentations of current research, there will be a series of...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Tue 07 Jul 2015

UAS 2015

All Day

UAS is the industry leading conference and exhibition examining the latest military, civil and cross governmental applications of unmanned systems. The 2015 event will take place from 7 – 8 July...

From Defence and Security