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

Tue 27 Sep 2016

AR/VR and Wearable Technology Marketplace

10:00 until 16:00

Augmented Reality (AR) and Wearable Technology are rapidly developing emerging technologies. They...

From Materials

Mon 19 Sep 2016

Health and Life Sciences Competition Briefing Event & Webcast

09:30 until 16:30

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects addressing technical or...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Mon 19 Sep 2016

Health and Life Sciences Competition Briefing Event & Webcast

09:30 until 16:30

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects addressing technical or...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 04 Oct 2016

Is The Future of Electronic Packaging in 3D Printing?

06:00 until 20:30

The revolution in additive manufacturing brought about by 3D printing is creating new...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

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...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Upcoming Events

Mon 29 Aug 2016

EAAP 2016

Aug 29 / 09:00 until Sep 02 / 17:00

Booking and submissions now open for the 2016 EAAP Conference, 'Sustainable Food Production: Livestock's Key Role'. Hosted in the beautiful city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 29 September to 2...

From Biosciences

Thu 01 Sep 2016

TMD-UK

All Day

The first UK meeting specifically dedicated to bringing together those working on transition metal dichalcogenides and their heterostructures. The meeting aims to bring together the...

From Materials

Thu 01 Sep 2016

Venturefest Scotland

All Day

Venturefest Network draws local innovation eco-systems together through a number of local events around the country, working closely with Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board), the Knowledge...

From Transport

Thu 01 Sep 2016

FoodWasteNet: Catalysis and Waste Valorisation

09:00 until 17:00

This meeting will bring together experts in the areas of materials design for catalytic applications, process optimisation and biocatalytic transformations to discuss how recent advances could be...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 01 Sep 2016

Venturefest Scotland

09:00 until 17:00

Venturefest Network draws local innovation eco-systems together through a number of local events around the country, working closely with Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and other...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Thu 01 Sep 2016

Venturefest Scotland

09:00 until 17:00

Venturefest Network draws local innovation eco-systems together through a number of local events around the country, working closely with Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and other...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Thu 01 Sep 2016

Quantum Technology Workshop for Health Applications: MEG

10:00 until 17:00

Aims: 1. To explore the applications for Quantum Technologies in the health sector by discussing: • Key drivers of the sector (economical, regulatory, societal, others) • Needs and barriers • How...

From Quantum Technologies

Fri 02 Sep 2016

The Science of Hair Care: A Good Hair Day

09:00 until 17:00

The successful formulation of hair care products requires a multi-disciplinary approach, a combination of formulation science and technology, with an understanding of the properties of hair, what...

From Chemistry

Sun 04 Sep 2016

21st European Symposium on Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship

All Day

The 21st EuroQSAR 2016 symposium, entitled “Where Molecular Simulations Meet Drug Discovery” to highlight the importance of atomistic and molecular simulations in drug discovery, will take place...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Sun 04 Sep 2016

ILASS 2016

All Day

ILASS 2016 is the 27th European Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems. Following the successful 13th ICLASS 2015 (Taiwan) and 26th ILASS 2014 (Bremen) conferences, the tradition will...

From Transport