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

Tue 29 Sep 2015

4th Conference: Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry & Polymers

All Day

Europe's largest event on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in 2015 In the last years The...

From Chemistry

Tue 08 Sep 2015

Workshop on Healthcare Photonics (London)

09:00 until 17:00

Photonic technologies play an important role in many different aspects of healthcare, from...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Tue 25 Aug 2015

Workshop on Healthcare Photonics (Glasgow)

09:00 until 17:00

Photonic technologies play an important role in many different aspects of healthcare, from...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Thu 12 Nov 2015

Metal Circuits, Synthetic Biology & C1 Gases

All Day

Metals in Biology and C1net, two BBRSC Networks in Indistrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, are...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Wed 02 Sep 2015

Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium

Sep 02 / 09:00 until Sep 04 / 17:00

Cambridge Opthalmological Symposium Fisher Building, St John's College, Cambridge, UK, 2nd...

From Photonics Group

Upcoming Events

Wed 29 Jul 2015

Internet of Things cities demonstrator - briefing event

10:30 until 13:30

IoT Cities £10m Demonstrator The Internet of Things (IoT), where everyday objects are connected to networks enabling their data to be shared, is a major area of growth for the global economy. These...

From Defence and Security

Wed 29 Jul 2015

Internet of Things £10M Cities Demonstrator - Birmingham Briefing

10:30 until 13:30

The Internet of Things (IoT), where everyday objects are connected to networks enabling their data to be shared, is a major area of growth for the global economy. These technologies underpin...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 30 Jul 2015

Wearables London

19:00 until 21:30

The most informative place to keep abreast of the Wearable Technology industry

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sun 02 Aug 2015

Pure London

All Day

Pure London is the UK’s most dynamic fashion and footwear gathering, where over 600 exclusive premium brands, emerging designers and market-leading labels reveal their anticipated Spring/Summer 16...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 03 Aug 2015

Game Developers Conference Europe 2015

09:30 until 19:00

This confluence of industry professionals allows GDC Europe to address the development community at a central location in the heart of Europe, and command the critical mass of the European games...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 03 Aug 2015

Lovely shiny technology - Now I got a voice, but nobody’s listening! (No.5)

18:30 until 20:30

Where is technology really affecting your cultural life? Digital technology has given us the means of expressing ourselves in public more easily than ever before… so it seems a shame that the Daily...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 04 Aug 2015

Creative Circles

08:30 until 10:30

Creative Circles is a great opportunity to meet other creative, tech & maker folk ready to make new connections, discuss ideas & projects all over an early morning cuppa. Drop-in anytime between...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 04 Aug 2015

Driverless Cars Competition Briefing

10:00 until 17:00

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest up to £20 million in collaborative R&D projects and relevant feasibility studies, in partnership with Innovate UK, to stimulate...

From Innovate UK Network

Tue 04 Aug 2015

Driverless Cars Competition Briefing

10:00 until 17:00

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest up to £20 million in collaborative R&D projects and relevant feasibility studies, in partnership with Innovate UK, to stimulate...

From Intelligent Mobility

Tue 04 Aug 2015

Driverless Cars Competition Briefing by Webinar

10:00 until 13:00

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest up to £20 million in collaborative R&D projects and relevant feasibility studies, in partnership with Innovate UK, to stimulate...

From Innovate UK Network