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

Thu 10 Sep 2015

Multicasting in transport – new applications of existing solutions

10:00 until 15:00

Multicasting capabilities are well-established in satellite communications systems. In particular...

From Space

Sun 15 Nov 2015

Technology and public health

09:00 until 17:00

Improving public health requires all the talents and energies that we have available. With the...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Mon 12 Oct 2015

Biomarine Business Convention

Oct 12 / 09:00 until Oct 14 / 17:00

BioMarine© is the only international investment platform dedicated marine bio resources. It...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Wed 16 Dec 2015

Intelligent Sensing Programme 43: Sensing in Composites

09:00 until 17:00

Title: Intelligent Sensing Programme 43: Sensing in Composites. Date: 16th December 2015 ...

From Space

Sat 05 Dec 2015

Global University Climate Forum

All Day

A global climate action workshop for university students IARU is pleased to announce the 2015...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Upcoming Events

Thu 03 Sep 2015

Applied Catalysis and Biocatalysis Reaction Engineering

All Day

Catalysis is responsible for the vast majority of current industrial chemical processes and is the key technology in our goal towards a more sustainable, technologically advanced society. Applied...

From Chemistry

Thu 03 Sep 2015

Cambridge Film Festival

All Day

Get our tips on how to make the most of the Festival, plus information on our venues and the local area - where to eat, drink, and stay in Cambridge. If you love film, then the Cambridge film...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 03 Sep 2015

CEOI-ST Training Workshop - What makes a good proposal for a space mission?

All Day

The workshop will introduce the participants to experienced mission leaders in the EO community (science, technology and project) as well as provide a briefing on the ESA Earth Explorer 9 (EE9)...

From Space

Thu 03 Sep 2015

Competition Briefing: Developing Advanced Lightweight Vehicles & IDP12

All Day

This competition briefing and consortium building event is for two Innovate UK and Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) competitions: Developing Advanced Lightweight Vehicles and Integrated...

From Energy Efficiency

Thu 03 Sep 2015

IDP12 and Lightweight Vehicles Competition Briefing - Webinar

All Day

IDP12 Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are to invest up to £20 million in technical feasibility studies and collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects to...

From Innovate UK Network

Thu 03 Sep 2015

IDP12 and Lightweight Vehicles Networking and Competition Briefing

All Day

IDP12 Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are to invest up to £20 million in technical feasibility studies and collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects to...

From Innovate UK Network

Thu 03 Sep 2015

INTERLACED 2015

All Day

INTERLACED 2015 is a meeting of the minds, talents, creators and innovators shaping the future of fashion through technology. This day long event will bring together fashion pioneers, renowned...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 03 Sep 2015

R2i - Connecting Research to Industry 2015

All Day

R2i - Connecting Research to Industry Conference 2015 Electronics, Embedded Systems, Packaging and Interconnection Technologies This unique event will have presentations from Institutional and...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Thu 03 Sep 2015

VC COFFEE MORNING WITH EC1 CAPITAL

All Day

THIS IS A MEMBERS ONLY EVENT Join us for an informal chat over coffee and cake where we will be welcoming Yannick Roux from EC1 Capital. EC1 Capital is a leading London based web and mobile...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 03 Sep 2015

Applied Catalysis and Biocatalysis Reaction Engineering

Sep 03 / 09:00 until Sep 04 / 17:00

Applied Catalysis and Biocatalysis Reaction Engineering is a PhD and early career researchers focused event. The event will bring together the research community in these important areas of science...

From Industrial Biotechnology