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

Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Helping UK enterprises large & small to innovate and compete globally, based on sustainability & resource efficiency drivers and opportunities.


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


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


The KTN Ltd's Nanotechnology Community


Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries


Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors

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

Wed 03 Jun 2015

Satellite Terminals: Driving Business through Technology Innovation

10:00 until 14:30

According to the European Space Agency, the satellite telecommunication industry is, by far, the...

From Space

Mon 11 May 2015

eHealth Week

May 11 / 09:00 until May 13 / 17:00

Three full days of exchanging knowledge and sharing best practices amongst health IT...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 20 May 2015

World Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Congress

May 20 / 09:00 until May 22 / 17:00

World Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Congress 20 - 22 May 2015, Business Design Centre,...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Wed 20 May 2015

Energy Catalyst Round 3 Briefing Webinar

13:00 until 15:30

The Energy Catalyst has been established by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences...

From Energy Generation and Supply

Thu 21 May 2015

Learning Technologies Collaboration Nation

All Day

Hosted by Innovate UK, Collaboration Nation will be an inspiring event supporting & showcasing...

From Innovate UK Network

Upcoming Events

Mon 04 May 2015

Oulu Smart City Seminar

All Day

Dr. Catherine Mulligan, Head of Digital Strategy and Economics at Future Cities Catapult, will be speaking and running a masterclass at Oulu Smart City Seminar. The City of Oulu is a forerunner...

From Future Cities

Mon 04 May 2015

Information Day on SESAR 2020 Exploratory Research Call - Brussels

09:30 until 16:30

An information day will take place in Brussels to present the recently-launched first Call for Proposals for SESAR 2020 Exploratory Research projects, under the umbrella of the EU’s Horizon 2020...

From Transport

Tue 05 May 2015

Solving Big Data Challenges from Modern Science Through Statistics

All Day

This workshop seeks to achieve two primary goals: (i) provide a much-needed venue for interaction among both established and new researchers, from the UK and India, to collaborate on newly arising...

From Industrial Mathematics

Tue 05 May 2015

Creative Circles: South

08:30 until 10:30

Drop-in to CodeBase to meet other creative & tech folk ready to make new connections, discuss ideas & projects all over a cuppa and a brownie or two. The meetups are free to attend and open to all.

From Design

Tue 05 May 2015

MSCA Individual Fellowships Event

11:00 until 15:30

In its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the UK Research Office is holding and information event for researchers who are interested in applying for the...

From Horizon 2020

Tue 05 May 2015

Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre: Skills for Industry

12:00 until 16:00

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) is holding a half-day event to bring together industrial and academic members of the biotechnology sector in Scotland and provide an...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Tue 05 May 2015

Skills for Industry - IBioIC

12:00 until 16:00

This half-day event aims to bring together industrial and academic members of the biotechnology sector in Scotland and provide an opportunity to review, enhance and define new educational...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Wed 06 May 2015

BBC World Service

All Day

The Federation Policy Seminars are exclusive events at which a selection of experts and interested parties hold detailed discussions on specific areas of policy affecting the creative industries....

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 06 May 2015

Internet of Things Security Summit

All Day

With more and more deployments of IoT there is a rapidly expanding surface for adversaries to attack. This provides a challenge for technology companies and system architects as typical...

From Defence and Security

Wed 06 May 2015

Optimization & Big Data, UK, May 2015

All Day

Optimization & Big Data, UK, May 2015 Optimization & Big Data (Workshop, Trek & Colloquium) Edinburgh, Scotland, May 6-8, 2015 prichtar/Optimization_and_Big_ Data_2015/...

From Industrial Mathematics