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

Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology


Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors

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

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

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

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

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Horizon 2020 ICT Topics 2016 - Cloud Computing & Software Technologies

10:00 until 17:00

KTN, in collaboration with the Horizon 2020 National Contact Point in ICT, bring you this event...

From ICT

Fri 02 Oct 2015

CDE Themed Competition: Security for the IoT

Oct 02 / 09:00 until Oct 08 / 17:00

This competition was briefed at the CDE Innovation Network event on 1 October 2015 in London....

From Defence and Security

Thu 15 Oct 2015

Carbon Capture and Storage

All Day

The APGTF, CCSa, Coal Research Forum, Knowledge Transfer Network and UKCCSRC will be hosting a...

From Energy Generation and Supply

Thu 19 Nov 2015

Smart Home Breakthrough: Assuring trust in Smart Home Systems for Consumers

10:00 until 16:00

CONFERENCE SUMMARY Growth in the sale of smart home products and services has arrived, but there...

From Built Environment

Tue 10 Nov 2015

Software Validation & Verification

09:00 until 17:00

This NMI event will deal with the challenges of software validation and verification within...

From ICT

Upcoming Events

Mon 05 Oct 2015

GREAT Low Carbon Business Exchange High Growth Europe

All Day

Conference, policy roundtables, one-to-one meetings and networking opportunities for companies in the Low Carbon sector
 Following the success of the GREAT Energy Summit Prague 2014 to High Growth...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 05 Oct 2015

Internet of Thinks World Europe

All Day

Following the huge success of the world’s largest IoT event, Internet of Things World in San Francisco, Internet of Things World Europe is THE premier IoT event in Europe to address the huge...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 05 Oct 2015

The Technology Expo

All Day

Showcasing the next generation in technology & innovation Contextual Tech, Augmented & Virtual Reality, 3D Print & Emerging Technology The Technology Expo 2015 is set to showcase the next...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 05 Oct 2015

TT21C: From Cell-based Assays to Safety Assessments

All Day

The Hamner Institutes is holding a course on "Toxicity Testing in 21st Century: From cell-based assays to safety assessment" from October 5th to October 9th at the Hamner Institutes in Research...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Mon 05 Oct 2015

Internet of Things World Europe

Oct 05 / 09:00 until Oct 07 / 17:30

Following on from the success of Internet of Things World in San Francisco, Internet of Things World Europe will look to address the commercial and business opportunities from IoT and tackle some...

From Future Cities

Mon 05 Oct 2015

ARTech Expo

09:30 until 17:15

ARTech Expo is your chance to interact and engage directly from the industry leaders whilst discovering the future of AR first hand. Our aim is to bring together the AR community to debate the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 05 Oct 2015

Research and Innovation Collaborative Opportunities at Rothamsted Research

09:30 until 12:00

The Agri-Tech Catalyst, run by Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, offers funding to innovative businesses and researchers to develop solutions to global...

From Biosciences

Mon 05 Oct 2015

Innovate UK Solar Powered Irrigation Pump SBRI Competition Webinar

10:30 until 12:00

The webinar to discuss the SBRI compettion will be on Monday 5th October. The speakers will be Ian Millard and Myrddin Jones Innovate UK and Duncan Baker - DFID. The Department for International...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 05 Oct 2015

SBRI Competition Webinar: Solar Powered Irrigation Pump

10:30 until 12:00

The Knowledge Transfer Network is hosting a webinar to discuss the SBRI compettion for a Solar Powered Irrigation Pump, on Monday 5th October from 10:30-12:00 noon. The webinar will feature...

From eAgri

Mon 05 Oct 2015

22nd ITS World Congress

Oct 05 / 12:00 until Oct 09 / 17:30

The ITS Congress and Exhibition is the world’s largest event in intelligent transport systems and services. Through the main theme “Towards Intelligent Mobility – Better Use of Space”, the Bordeaux...

From Intelligent Mobility