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

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


Future Cities

The Future Cities Group is part of the Urban Living group


Chemistry

Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries


Biosciences

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

Tue 10 Mar 2015

Webinar - Printed Sensors: Progress in Manufacturing and Commercialisation

09:30 until 10:15

Sensors are playing an increasingly important role in printed electronics. While the biggest...

From Transport

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Mobility as a service: What is the future of intelligent transport?

18:00 until 20:00

Registration is free and opens at 6pm with the event starting promptly at 6.30pm followed by...

From Intelligent Mobility

Mon 16 Mar 2015

LONGITUDE PRIZE: What makes a winner?

18:45 until 20:30

The Longitude Prize 2014 is a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve the problem...

From Biosciences

Thu 12 Mar 2015

Maritime Education and Training – Looking into the Future

16:00 until 21:00

International Maritime Education and Training is at the heart of making the seas safer and...

From Vessel Efficiency

Tue 12 Jan 2016

Steps to Sustainable Livestock

All Day

Following a high level of interest and feedback generated by the Global Farm Platform position...

From Biosciences

Upcoming Events

Thu 05 Mar 2015

Catchment Management in Action: Integrating land and water management...

All Day

Catchment Management in Action: Integrating land and water management in the Eden exploring opportunities for business 5th-6th March 2015, Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster & across the Eden Review...

From Biosciences

Thu 05 Mar 2015

Microtech 2015: Packaging Technologies & Trends

All Day

IMAPS-UK's MicroTech annual conference returns in 2015 on 05 March at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories (RAL), Didcot, Oxford. With its updated one-day format, MicroTech brings together the entire...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Thu 05 Mar 2015

Innovus Robotics and Sensors Opportunities

09:00 until 16:15

Innovus is bringing in major players from robotics and autonomous systems to give a unique insight into immediate and future industry challenges and to outline the potential opportunities for...

From Northern Robotics Network

Thu 05 Mar 2015

MK Future Cities Conference 2015

09:00 until 17:00

Peter Madden, Chief Executive of Future Cities Catapult, will be speaking at the upcoming MK Future Cities Conference on 5th March 2015. This senior level conference will showcase a range of smart...

From Future Cities

Thu 05 Mar 2015

B2B matchmaking event at Resource 2015

10:30 until 17:00

B2B matchmaking event on Thursday 5 March at Resource, a major event for the Circular Economy (alongside Ecobuild). Enterprise Europe South East UK is organising a B2B event during Resource,...

From Collaborations for a Circular Economy

Thu 05 Mar 2015

Financial Technologies Innovation Contest: Cardiff briefing event

10:30 until 14:00

The IC tomorrow Financial Technologies innovation contest will offer a total of £175k to businesses to encourage innovation within Financial Technologies. Through a range of challenges, including...

From IC tomorrow

Thu 05 Mar 2015

Financial Technologies Innovation Contest: Cardiff briefing event

10:30 until 14:00

The IC tomorrow Financial Technologies innovation contest will offer a total of £175k to businesses to encourage innovation within Financial Technologies. Through a range of challenges, including...

From Innovate UK Network

Thu 05 Mar 2015

Digital Business Drop-In

13:00 until 15:00

The Knowledge Transfer Network will be organising a Digital Business Drop-in session in London, which will be an informal information-sharing afternoon designed to support digital companies and...

From IC tomorrow

Thu 05 Mar 2015

Creating a step change in aircraft wing technology

16:00 until 21:00

A brief history of the lecture The Viscount Nuffield/Mensforth Lecture was established as a result of the combining of the Viscount Nuffield Lecture and the Sir Eric Mensforth International...

From Flexible Manufacturing Special Interest Group (FM SIG)

Fri 06 Mar 2015

Winning Business - The Future of Smart Cities & Urban Innovation

08:00 until 20:00

The Mayor of London in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) London and in collaboration with Space Syntax are organising a one-day event which will enable companies to better understand...

From Future Cities