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

Future Cities

The Future Cities Group is part of the Urban Living group


HealthTech and Medicines

Building a Healthy Nation through Business Innovation


Biosciences

Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


Materials

The Materials Community aims to bring together the materials supply chain to accelerate innovation, improve global competitiveness and sustainability.


Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Supporting the development of a new industrial RAS sector in the UK


Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology


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


ICT

Creating a competitive advantage for the UK by facilitating knowledge exchange on Information and Communications Technologies and accelerating innovation.


Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

To be a beacon for successful wealth creation from knowledge.


Defence and Security

Seeking both to improve the flow of knowledge between the UK’s civil and defence and security communities and to identify new opportunities for technology exploitation


New Events

Mon 12 Dec 2016

4th Winter Process Chemistry Conference

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

The 4th Winter Process Chemistry Conference will include a special feature on Crystallisation &...

From Chemistry

Fri 07 Oct 2016

Malvern Festival of Innovation

All Day

Malvern Festival of Innovation - The Business of Innovating 7 October 2016, Great Malvern ...

From ICT

Sun 16 Jul 2017

11th European Conference on Precision Agriculture

Jul 16 / 09:00 until Jul 20 / 17:00

The 11th European Conference on Precision Agriculture (ECPA) will continue with a successful...

From Biosciences

Thu 26 Jan 2017

IBioIC’s 3rd Annual Conference – Delivering Impact

Jan 26 / 09:00 until Jan 27 / 17:00

Now in its third year, IBioIC's annual conference returns for 2017 and is fast becoming the main...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 26 Jan 2017

IBioIC’s 3rd Annual Conference – Delivering Impact

Jan 26 / 09:00 until Jan 27 / 17:00

Now in its third year, IBioIC's annual conference returns for 2017 and is fast becoming the main...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Upcoming Events

Wed 28 Sep 2016

Functional Energy Materials Conference

All Day

The Functional Energy Materials Conference is set to take place in Croatia from 28th September - 1st October 2016. Chaired by experts: Marie-Louise Saboungi and Frédéric Chandezon. The expected...

From SuperSolar Hub

Wed 28 Sep 2016

H2020 Information Day Smart Green & Integrated Transport – Brussels

All Day

Brussels: Information day on the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work programme 'Smart, green and integrated transport'. The information day will address potential applicants to the Horizon 2020 'Smart,...

From Energy Efficiency

Wed 28 Sep 2016

Labcyte Edinburgh Genomics Symposium 2016

All Day

Miniaturize, Accelerate, and Maximize Your Research with Acoustic Liquid Handling Labcyte is excited to share with you an upcoming Genomics Symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland, hosted by SynthSys:...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Wed 28 Sep 2016

RAS in Challenging Environments Expo16

All Day

RAS in Challenging Environments Expo16 is open to organisations and individuals with an interest in RAS in Challenging Environments. All sectors are welcome. RAS in Challenging Environments Expo16...

From Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Wed 28 Sep 2016

Sensors & Instrumentation Exhibition

All Day

With over 3,300 visitors coming through door over two days, the 2015 Sensors & Instrumentation exhibition was the biggest and best yet, helping to further cement its place on the calendar as the...

From Intelligent Mobility

Wed 28 Sep 2016

Venturefest Wales

All Day

Venturefest Wales is a free event that aims to bring together investors, entrepreneurs and innovators to encourage the sharing of knowledge, networks and ideas. Collaboration amongst local networks...

From Transport

Wed 28 Sep 2016

Age Does Not Matter

Sep 28 / 09:00 until Oct 01 / 17:00

Imagine a world where age does not matter. A world where we all live longer, better lives. Where we can make the most of our potential, however old or young we are. We are building this world...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 28 Sep 2016

BIOSPAIN

Sep 28 / 09:00 until Sep 30 / 17:00

BIOSPAIN is the largest biotech event organized by a national bioindustry association in Europe and one of the largest in the world for the number of one-to-one meetings (+3.300) and companies...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Wed 28 Sep 2016

Venturefest Wales

09:00 until 17:00

Venturefest Wales is a free event that aims to bring together investors, entrepreneurs and innovators to encourage the sharing of knowledge, networks and ideas. Collaboration amongst local networks...

From Biosciences

Wed 28 Sep 2016

Energy Systems Workshop – Delivering a Flexible Future through Innovation

09:30 until 16:00

An event showcasing Innovate UK innovation projects and to seek early views on the issues set out in the BEIS/Ofgem Call for Evidence on Smart Systems, and provide information on future innovation...

From Energy at KTN