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 29 Jun 2015

CSIC Annual Lecture

16:30 until 19:00

Dr Keith Bowers CEng FICE MIMMM FGS Profession Head: Tunnels London Underground Limited will be...

From Built Environment

Mon 29 Jun 2015

Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks in Civil Infrastructure

All Day

Future monitoring systems will undoubtedly comprise Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) as part of the...

From Built Environment

Tue 14 Jul 2015

Innovation Matchmaking: Commercial Retrofit

16:00 until 20:00

This fun, faced paced evening event will bring together innovative sustainable product and...

From Built Environment

Wed 10 Jun 2015

Making the Business Case for Retrofit

10:30 until 16:30

Retrofitting homes leads to a host of savings and benefits, from reduced building maintenance...

From Built Environment

Wed 03 Jun 2015

Energy Materials Lecture

17:30 until 20:00

Fusion Energy and the Materials Challenge Professor Steven Cowley FRS, FREng In 2018 the Join...

From Materials

Upcoming Events

Wed 27 May 2015

GEO Business 2015

All Day

GEO Business is for everyone involved in the gathering, storing, processing and delivering of geospatial information. It is the unmissable geospatial event of the year! Combining a central trade...

From Space

Wed 27 May 2015

Security Forum International Security Conference and Exhibition

All Day

Security Forum is the meeting for the security industry that stimulates the innovation, the exchange of knowledge and business in an inclusive opened and plural way. After two editions, Security...

From Defence and Security

Wed 27 May 2015

GEO Business 2015

May 27 / 09:00 until May 28 / 17:30

GEO Business is for everyone involved in the gathering, storing, processing and delivering of geospatial information. Combining a central trade exhibition featuring over 200 exhibitors showcasing...

From Transport

Wed 27 May 2015

Novacam Webinar: Catalyst Preparation and Related Reactions

09:00 until 10:00

Date and Time: May 27, 2015 at 9 am UK time, 10 am CET and 5 pm Japanese time. This one hour online webinar, will begin with a short introduction from the Novacam Project Leader ‘Emiel Hensen’...

From Chemistry

Wed 27 May 2015

PVTC 2015

May 27 / 09:00 until May 29 / 17:00

The sixth edition of the "Photovoltaic Technical Conference" dedicated this year to "advanced materials and processes to innovative applications" will take place from 27 to 29 of May 2015 in the...

From SuperSolar Hub

Wed 27 May 2015

Financial Technologies Innovation Contest – Final Event

10:00 until 16:30

IC tomorrow, Innovate UK’s digital innovation programme, will hold the final event for the ‘Financial Technologies Innovation Contest’ on the 27th May 2015 at Level39, One Canada Square, Canary...

From IC tomorrow

Wed 27 May 2015

Financial Technologies Innovation Contest – Final Event

10:00 until 16:00

IC tomorrow, Innovate UK’s digital innovation programme, will hold the final event for the ‘Financial Technologies Innovation Contest’ on the 27th May 2015 at Level39, One Canada Square, Canary...

From Innovate UK Network

Wed 27 May 2015

Financial Technologies Innovation Contest – Final Event

10:30 until 16:30

IC tomorrow, Innovate UK’s digital innovation programme, will hold the final event for the £175K Financial Technologies Innovation Contest on 27 May 2015 at Level39, One Canada Square, Canary...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 27 May 2015

Webinar - Water Quality: Risks & Opportunities with SuDS

12:00 until 13:00

This is a 7th Webinar in the series on Sustainable Drainage Design, Jo Bradley from the Environment Agency who will cover a talk on 'Water Quality'. Jo will explore the risks that we are...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Wed 27 May 2015

NHS Test Beds - Webinar Briefing Event

18:00 until 19:00

Do you have an innovative health solution with the potential to simultaneously improve clinical and financial outcomes within the NHS? Are you looking to work collaboratively with NHS teams to...

From Creative, Digital & Design.