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

Thu 27 Oct 2016

2050 Industrial Roadmaps and Circular Economy

09:00 until 17:00

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has been working with trade...

From Materials

Thu 27 Oct 2016

2050 Industrial Roadmaps and Circular Economy

09:00 until 17:00

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has been working with trade...

From Chemistry

Thu 27 Oct 2016

2050 Industrial Roadmaps and Circular Economy

09:00 until 17:00

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has been working with trade...

From Biosciences

Sun 10 Jul 2016

13th International Conference on Materials Chemistry

Jul 10 / 09:00 until Jul 13 / 17:00

The 'MC' conference series has provided a showcase for materials chemistry for two decades, and...

From Materials

Fri 25 Nov 2016

RSC Materials Chemistry Division Poster Symposium

09:00 until 17:00

The RSC Materials Chemistry Division Poster Symposium is an opportunity for PhD students and...

From Materials

Upcoming Events

Thu 29 Sep 2016

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES 2016

All Day

The First Annual Disruptive Technologies UK Conference And Expo Is A Combination Of Informative Keynotes, Interactive Workshops And Networking Sessions. Join The Conference To Gain A Deeper...

From Built Environment KTN

Thu 29 Sep 2016

Expert Witness Institute Annual Conference

All Day

This day-long conference celebrates 20 years of the Expert Witness Institute (EWI) and will welcome over 150 expert witnesses, solicitors, barristers and eminent judges with a programme filled with...

From Forensic Science

Thu 29 Sep 2016

International Workshop on Process Intensification 2016

All Day

Towards Sustainable Process Technologies in the 21st Century Clean and sustainable processes are essential to mitigate climate change and tackle emerging food, energy and water shortages. Process...

From Chemistry

Thu 29 Sep 2016

London Innovation Summit 2016

All Day

Arthur C Clarke once famously remarked: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Catalysed by the internet, the pace of technological change and scientific...

From ICT

Thu 29 Sep 2016

Measurement for Low Carbon Engines

All Day

NPL, in partnership with Brunel University, is hosting a one-day workshop focused on supporting low carbon research through the application of innovative and accurate measurement. This workshop is...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Thu 29 Sep 2016

The Role of BIM in the Nuclear Industry

All Day

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is set to play an increasingly important role in the Nuclear industry and KTN is pleased to be working in partnership with authors of ‘BIM and Data Management...

From Nuclear

Thu 29 Sep 2016

The Role of BIM in the Nuclear Industry

All Day

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is set to play an increasingly important role in the Nuclear industry and KTN is pleased to be working in partnership with authors of ‘BIM and Data Management...

From Built Environment KTN

Thu 29 Sep 2016

Disruptive Technology Conference 2016

08:45 until 17:00

In 2013 the McKinsey Global Institute published a report entitled Disruptive Technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy. The report identified 12 area's...

From Intelligent Mobility

Thu 29 Sep 2016

Bright Farm by Precision Livestock Farming

09:00 until 17:00

The EU-PLF consortium and the Animal Task Force are pleased to announce the final conference of the EU-PLF project – Bright Farm by Precision Livestock Farming. The conference will take place on...

From Biosciences

Thu 29 Sep 2016

Productivity Conference

09:00 until 17:00

The fourth Chemicals Northwest annual conference aims to address the important topic of productivity in the chemical industry. This event aims to take in a national perspective on how overall UK...

From Chemistry