Join networks, make connections; discover what effective knowledge transfer and open innovation can do for your business.
Please note: From August we will be closing our _connect networking groups. This will not affect your funding application(s).

"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

Mon 05 Dec 2016

UK Workshop on Data Metrology & Standards

10:00 until 16:00

This is a one-day workshop being held at the University of Cambridge, designed to identify UK...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Wed 08 Mar 2017

45th Intelligent Sensing Program – Wearables for Diagnostics

09:30 until 16:00

Introduction Key market needs in the monitoring of healthcare and wellbeing are being addressed...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Thu 12 Jan 2017

Workshop for Offshore Wind Sensors Technology Demonstration Opportunity

10:00 until 16:00

Workshop and competition for innovative sensor technology SMEs to gain demonstration access to...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Wed 07 Dec 2016

JSaRC Challenge Briefing Event

14:00 until 16:30

ADS, as Secretariat to RISC is inviting suppliers to attend a briefing from the Joint Security...

From Forensic Science

Thu 01 Dec 2016

Next Generation of PCB Surface Finish - Webinar

10:30 until 11:45

MACFEST is a collaborative research project involving partners A-Gas Electronic Materials, C-Tech...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Upcoming Events

Tue 06 Dec 2016

Engaging People in Data Privacy Open for Business Event

09:00 until 17:00

Background People generally recognise that there are many social benefits to be derived from big data analytics, in scientific and medical research, evidence based policy and decision making and...

From Industrial Mathematics

Tue 06 Dec 2016

UK HealthTech - 6th December - Cardiff

09:00 until 17:00

UK HealthTech - 6th December - Cardiff UK HealthTech 2016 is a valuable day of briefings and networking for those within the life science and health technology communities, and clinicians from...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Tue 06 Dec 2016

Analysis for Innovators Roadshow - London

13:30 until 16:30

Come and hear about a new £6.5m competition and very different approach to Innovate UK funding programmes! Analysis for Innovators is a new funding programme that targets competitiveness and...

From ICT

Wed 07 Dec 2016

Innovations in Rubber Design

All Day

This conference will focus on the design cycle in the rubber industry and how recent innovations can result in better, longer lasting and more functional products. The scope of the event will be to...

From Materials

Wed 07 Dec 2016

An introduction to Hybrid Additive Manufacturing

09:00 until 12:30

Major benefits can be gained if Additive Manufacturing is combined with machining to give a flexible, efficient, productive and precise hybrid AM process. One type of hybrid AM processes is based...

From Materials

Wed 07 Dec 2016

COMSAT 2016

Dec 07 / 09:00 until Dec 08 / 17:00

The satellite industry and underlying technologies are evolving to meet the rapidly changing economic and political landscape. It is an exciting time of growth so we encourage you to take part in a...

From Space

Wed 07 Dec 2016

COMSAT 2016

Dec 07 / 09:00 until Dec 08 / 17:00

Find out about the latest R&D challenges, technologies and applications in this inaugural Call for Papers conference in satellite communications. Intended to bring together military and commercial...

From Defence and Security

Wed 07 Dec 2016

Manufacturing & Materials Round 2 Competition Briefing - Darlington

09:30 until 15:00

UK businesses have a new opportunity to apply for a share of £15 million to work on innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. Summary Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in...

From Materials

Wed 07 Dec 2016

JSaRC Challenge Briefing Event

14:00 until 16:30

ADS, as Secretariat to RISC is inviting suppliers to attend a briefing from the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) which will precede a call for project and research work. The aim of the...

From Forensic Science

Wed 07 Dec 2016

Industry Engagement Evening for UCL Security Science Doctoral Centre

18:00 until 20:00

This event is designed to create mutually beneficial interactions between industry / public-sector organisations and the research students of UCL SECReT. Organisations can gain by accessing some of...

From Forensic Science