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

Biosciences

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.


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


Chemistry

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


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 05 Apr 2016

Sustainable Functional Materials 2016 (SFM2016)

All Day

SFM 2016 is an inaugural symposium designed to address the scientific and technological demands...

From Materials

Tue 15 Sep 2015

DSEI 2015

Sep 15 / 09:30 until Sep 18 / 16:00

DSEI brings together the entire defence and security industry to source the latest equipment and...

From Transport

Tue 15 Sep 2015

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industry Event

All Day

Overview The day will focus on the world leading biomedical, healthcare and veterinary research...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Tue 15 Dec 2015

Minerals and Metal Production from Mine to Market

Dec 15 / 10:00 until Dec 16 / 16:00

This conference is devoted to scientific, technological and socio-economic aspects of the...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Thu 17 Sep 2015

Design in Plastics International Conference

All Day

What is Provocative Plastics? Plastics are pervasive. They are now used in manufacturing more...

From Materials

Upcoming Events

Tue 28 Jul 2015

Drop-in Session - March A 2015

09:00 until 12:00

The Growth Startup programme enables you to get your new business or idea off to a flying start with a whole host of support available to those who are eligible. We have an initial 2-day workshop...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Tue 28 Jul 2015

Long Term Care Revolution ​SBRI National Challenge Networking Events

09:00 until 17:00

Long Term Care Revolution SBRI National Challenge Networking Events Invitation Birmingham & London #LTCRev @rev_innovateuk The Long Term Care Revolution SBRI national challenge is an ambitious...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Tue 28 Jul 2015

Long Term Care Revolution Networking Event London

10:00 until 16:00

The Long Term Care Revolution SBRI national challenge is an ambitious competition with the objective of disrupting the current institutional model of long term careprovision, and replace it with...

From Built Environment

Tue 28 Jul 2015

DCMS Cyber Security Pre-Accelerator briefing event

10:30 until 15:00

The Cyber Security and Resilience team (part of the Digital Economy Unit) in the Department for Culture, Media and Sports is keen to support early stage innovation in the cyber security sector...

From Defence and Security

Tue 28 Jul 2015

Internet of Things £10M Cities Demonstrator - Cardiff Briefing

10:30 until 13:30

The Internet of Things (IoT), where everyday objects are connected to networks enabling their data to be shared, is a major area of growth for the global economy. These technologies underpin...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Wed 29 Jul 2015

Internet of Things cities demonstrator - briefing event

10:30 until 13:30

IoT Cities £10m Demonstrator The Internet of Things (IoT), where everyday objects are connected to networks enabling their data to be shared, is a major area of growth for the global economy. These...

From Defence and Security

Wed 29 Jul 2015

Internet of Things £10M Cities Demonstrator - Birmingham Briefing

10:30 until 13:30

The Internet of Things (IoT), where everyday objects are connected to networks enabling their data to be shared, is a major area of growth for the global economy. These technologies underpin...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Thu 30 Jul 2015

Wearables London

19:00 until 21:30

The most informative place to keep abreast of the Wearable Technology industry

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Sun 02 Aug 2015

Pure London

All Day

Pure London is the UK’s most dynamic fashion and footwear gathering, where over 600 exclusive premium brands, emerging designers and market-leading labels reveal their anticipated Spring/Summer 16...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 03 Aug 2015

Game Developers Conference Europe 2015

09:30 until 19:00

This confluence of industry professionals allows GDC Europe to address the development community at a central location in the heart of Europe, and command the critical mass of the European games...

From Creative, Digital & Design.