KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need

 

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from biotechnology to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.

 

The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here

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Fuller Challenge: Up to $100K for support the ongoing development and implementation of outstanding design solutions

Each year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) invites people from all over the world — including scientists, designers, architects, activists, artists, planners, entrepreneurs, and students — to submit their innovative solutions to humanity’s most pressing problems.
 
A $100,000 grand prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy, but the Fuller Challenge offers more than a single financial award. In addition to the $100,000 grand prize, BFI seeks to leverage further resources for finalists, semi-finalists, and select entrants through its network and Catalyst Program.
 
In 2016, BFI will recognize outstanding student proposals to the challenge. This is the first time that student entries will undergo a separate review and selection process. 
 
Entries open 15 January and close 1 March 2016.
 
What does the Fuller Challenge look for?
 
Winning the Fuller Challenge requires more than a stand-alone idea or innovation. BFI looks for whole-system solutions that both demonstrate a clear grasp of the big-picture and focus on a well-defined need of critical importance.
 
If, for example, your proposal emphasizes a new design, material, process, service, tool or technology, it is essential that it be part of an integrated strategy that simultaneously addresses key social, environmental, and economic factors.
 
BFI seek strategies that put forth what Fuller called a preferred state model – one designed to optimize conditions from inception in order to create the most desirable, sustainable, regenerative future outcome. BFI is also seeking solutions that embody what Fuller referred to as the trimtab principle - demonstrating that a relatively small initiative inserted into a system at the right time and place can achieve maximum leverage for advantageous change.
 
Initiatives representing a range of development stages will be reviewed – from early stage proposals with completed proof of concept to fully operating models ready to expand. Entries can tackle urgent needs at a range of geographic scales: from strategies designed for global-scale implementation to initiatives tailored to local or regional conditions. Non-profit, for-profit, and hybrid initiatives are all eligible.
 

Winning strategies must successfully integrate the fuller challenge criteria:

Visionary — i.e. put forth an original idea or synthesize existing ideas into a new strategy that creatively addresses a critical need.

Comprehensive — apply a whole-system approach to all facets of the design and implementation process and aim to simultaneously address multiple goals, requirements and conditions.

Anticipatory — factor in critical future trends and needs as well as the projected impacts of a project’s implementation in the short and long term.

Ecologically responsible — reflect nature’s underlying principles while enhancing the earth’s life support systems.

Feasible — can demonstrate proof of concept, and relies on existing technology and/or provable science; have a solid team and/or demonstrate a convincing capacity to implement the project.

Verifiable — able to withstand rigorous empirical testing and provide evidence for potential or actual positive impacts; claims made must be authentic.

Replicable — able to scale and be widely adapted to similar conditions elsewhere. 

 

Further information

Visit BFI website

View previous winning examples on BFI website

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