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

British Grassland Society 12th Research Conference

Sep 07 / 12:00 until Sep 09 / 13:00

Everyone with an interest in grassland is encouraged to attend this conference to interact with...

From Biosciences

Tue 29 Sep 2015

UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre-1st annual biobanking event

13:30 until 17:00

The UK Clinical Research Centre (UKCRC) Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre has been...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Sun 05 Jul 2015

National Astronomy Meeting 2015

Jul 05 / 09:00 until Jul 09 / 17:00

National Astronomy Meeting 2015 Venue Cymru, Llandudno: 5–9 July The Royal Astronomical Society...

From Photonics Group

Mon 13 Jul 2015

Virtual and Augmented Reality Innovation Contest – Webinar Briefing Event

14:00 until 17:00

The IC tomorrow ‘Virtual and Augmented Reality Innovation Contest’ will offer up to £210K to...

From IC tomorrow

Wed 15 Jul 2015

Virtual and Augmented Reality Innovation Contest-Briefing Event Manchester

14:00 until 17:00

The IC tomorrow ‘Virtual and Augmented Reality Innovation Contest’ will offer up to £210K to...

From IC tomorrow

Upcoming Events

Thu 02 Jul 2015

14th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security ECCWS-2015

All Day

The increase in Web services and online operations for various industries and critical businesses has led to an increase in different threats and malicious activities. The security community have...

From Defence and Security

Thu 02 Jul 2015

KTN at New Designers 2015

All Day

KTN INDUSTRY WORKSHOPS AT NEW DESIGNERS 2015 Date: Thursday, 02 July 2015 Time: 10:00 – 17:00 Venue: The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH Leading businesses are increasingly...

From Chemistry

Thu 02 Jul 2015

KTN Industry Workshops at New Designers 2015

All Day

Leading businesses are increasingly aware of design’s role in delivering innovative approaches to today’s economic and societal challenges, including: growing future cities, supporting wellbeing in...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 02 Jul 2015

KTN Industry Workshops at New Designers 2015

All Day

Leading businesses are increasingly aware of design’s role in delivering innovative approaches to today’s economic and societal challenges, including: growing future cities, supporting...

From ICT

Thu 02 Jul 2015

KTN Industry Workshops at New Designers 2015

All Day

Leading businesses are increasingly aware of design’s role in delivering innovative approaches to today’s economic and societal challenges, including: growing future cities, supporting...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Thu 02 Jul 2015

KTN Industry Workshops at New Designers 2015

All Day

Leading businesses are increasingly aware of design’s role in delivering innovative approaches to today’s economic and societal challenges, including: growing future cities, supporting...

From Defence and Security

Thu 02 Jul 2015

KTN Industry Workshops at New Designers 2015

All Day

Leading businesses are increasingly aware of design’s role in delivering innovative approaches to today’s economic and societal challenges, including: growing future cities, supporting...

From Space

Thu 02 Jul 2015

KTN Industry Workshops at New Designers 2015

All Day

Leading businesses are increasingly aware of design’s role in delivering innovative approaches to today’s economic and societal challenges, including: growing future cities, supporting...

From Forensic Science

Thu 02 Jul 2015

KTN INDUSTRY WORKSHOPS AT NEW DESIGNERS 2015

All Day

KTN INDUSTRY WORKSHOPS AT NEW DESIGNERS 2015 Date: Thursday, 02 July 2015 Time: 10:00 – 17:00 Venue: The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH Leading businesses are increasingly...

From Chemistry

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 interested in the booming health space.

From Creative, Digital & Design.