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 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

Mon 13 Jul 2015

Virtual and Augmented Reality Innovation Contest - Briefing Event London

14:00 until 18:00

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

From IC tomorrow

Wed 15 Jul 2015

HOTHOUSE NETWORKING EVENT: SOUTH WEST

15:45 until 17:00

Hothouse is a six month business and creative development programme for emerging craft makers ...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 07 Jul 2015

HOTHOUSE NETWORKING EVENT: NORTH

15:30 until 17:00

Hothouse is a six month business and creative development programme for emerging craft makers. ...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Upcoming Events

Wed 01 Jul 2015

7th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2015

All Day

Following the success of earlier events in the series, SEB-15, the Seventh International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings will take place in the vibrant city of Lisbon in...

From Built Environment

Wed 01 Jul 2015

Application of synthetic biology for next generation biologics production

All Day

Synthetic biology approaches and principles can have significant impact upon the design and manufacture of Industrial Biotechnology products, process and reagents. For example biologics (peptides,...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Wed 01 Jul 2015

Free symposium: application of SynBio to produce next generation biologics

All Day

4th Annual Scientific Symposium Application of synthetic biology for production of next generation biologics Wednesday 1 July 2015 Michael Smith Building, The University of Manchester Register now...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Wed 01 Jul 2015

New Designers 2015

All Day

Still young and talented, New Designers this year celebrates 30 years at the Business Design Centre, London. Every year over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading...

From Materials

Wed 01 Jul 2015

New Designers Part 2

All Day

Still young and talented, New Designers this year celebrates 30 years at the Business Design Centre, London. Every year over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 01 Jul 2015

Offshore Energy & Storage Symposium

All Day

The 2nd Offshore Energy & Storage Symposium is organised in conjunction with the Institute for Energy Systems, The University of Edinburgh, which will be held in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Offshore...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Wed 01 Jul 2015

The Children's Media Conference 2015

All Day

The Children's Media Conference welcomes the widest possible range of professionals across all the sectors serving the children's and youth audience. This includes television production,...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 01 Jul 2015
Wed 01 Jul 2015

UK AD & Biogas 2015

All Day

UK AD & Biogas 2015 is a free show at the NEC in Birmingham which features an R&D Hub within the main trade show. The Hub will highlight the value of R&D to AD businesses and talk about the...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Wed 01 Jul 2015

UK AD & Biogas Tradeshow

All Day

UK AD & Biogas 2015 (1-2 July, NEC) is the UK's only dedicated anaerobic digestion and biogas trade show. Free to attend for all visitors, the show features a conference, seminar theatres, R&D Hub,...

From Industrial Biotechnology