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

Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology


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

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 08 Sep 2015

Zero Carbon Buildings Today and in the Future - International Conference

Sep 08 / 09:00 until Sep 09 / 17:00

In the world in which there are increasing risks from global warming, overpopulation and...

From Built Environment

Tue 23 Feb 2016

Sensors in Agriculture

09:30 until 17:00

Agricultural science is a fast growing market, but faces significant global challenges in the...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Wed 30 Nov 2016

Twenty-first Unlocking Innovation Workshop

All Day

PROVISIONAL DATE ONLY - Please check back nearer the time. UIS #21 Registrations will open in...

From Unlocking Innovation in Rail

Thu 10 Dec 2015

Introduction to Data Visualisation for SMEs

10:00 until 13:00

Data can help cities to address growing economic, social and environmental pressures. But it can...

From Built Environment

Wed 05 Oct 2016

Twentieth Unlocking Innovation Workshop

All Day

PROVISIONAL DATE ONLY - Please check back nearer the time. UIS #20 Registration will open in July...

From Unlocking Innovation in Rail

Upcoming Events

Wed 02 Dec 2015

Digital Disruption of the Educational 'Institution'

All Day

An event organised in partnership with Innovate UK and NIACE. There are a huge number of potentially disruptive business models for digital delivery of educational experiences and content...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 02 Dec 2015

IOT TechExpo Europe 2015

All Day

“Wearable devices are now at the heart of just about every discussion related to the Internet of Things (IoT), and the full range of new capabilities pervasive connectivity can bring” – ...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 02 Dec 2015

Natural Hazards & Climate Change: Tools & Solutions to Enable Action

All Day

Held on the 2nd December in London, as part of the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme, NERC are co-funding with EDF Energy an event to present new research and collaborative...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Wed 02 Dec 2015

Seventeenth Unlocking Innovation Workshop

All Day

UIS #17 Registration is open and the Demo Zone is back! Registration for the 17th Unlocking Innovation Scheme workshop in Milton Keynes on 2nd December 2015 is now open. ...

From Unlocking Innovation in Rail

Wed 02 Dec 2015

Water, Oil & Gas Conference

All Day

Low Oil and Gas prices are expected to drive innovation in the sector. Water is a vital component of the Oil and Gas industry. Large volumes of fresh water and seawater are used for the core...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Wed 02 Dec 2015

Formed in the UK 2 (FitUK2)

08:30 until 16:30

Following on from the success of Formed in the UK, held in Coventry in 2013, FitUK2 will provide an update on the status of research activities and industrial challenges associated with metal...

From Materials

Wed 02 Dec 2015

Improve the health & well-being of our population through health data

09:00 until 17:00

How can we improve the health and well-being of our population through the better use of population health information? SBRI Project Dissemination event – Wednesday 2nd December 2015 9.30 – 13.00...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 02 Dec 2015

IoT Tech Expo Europe 2015

Dec 02 / 09:00 until Dec 03 / 17:00

This year’s IoT Tech Expo will highlight the most innovative advances in technologies affecting IoT. Topics will include Smart Cities, Connected Living, Wearables, Developing for the Internet of...

From Future Cities

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 bringing Government, Industry & Academia together to counter the threat against our transportation...

From Transport

Wed 02 Dec 2015

UAE Exporter Bootcamp

09:00 until 17:00

UAE Exporter Bootcamp 2nd December 2015 – Edinburgh SDI, Scottish Enterprise and ABHI invite you to join us for an introduction to the UAE Medtech market, where you’ll hear from a range of speakers...

From HealthTech and Medicines