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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 Digital Creative 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.

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'Destination Local Demonstrators' update: funded projects and 'A Survivors' Guide to Hyperlocal'

Minh Uong/ The New York TimesIn 2013, the Technology Strategy Board and Nesta partnered on 'Destination Local Demonstrators', a hyperlocal media funding programme for collaborative research and development of information, news and commercial services within geographical communities. The Creative Industries KTN was heavily involved in assisting with the delivery of the competition.

IMAGE: Minh Uong/ The New York Times

On 30th April, the successful projects were announced. £2.4m will be shared amongst four projects that will be working within local communities across Yorkshire, the South West, London and beyond, to provide new hyperlocal media services:

  • TownFizz by LocaFizz Ltd - Publishers, journalists, developers, manufacturers and academics will combine forces to develop a platform that pulls in high quality geotagged content from a range of local sources. Editors in four test locations will experiment with it while academics assess how it is used and the impact it has. 
  • Near You Now by Near You Now Ltd – A mobile application that will allow users in North and East London to access local media stories based on their precise location. Publishers, large and small, will be able to geotag their articles so they can be discovered by users in relevant neighbourhoods. 
  • Community Channel South West by CarelineUK – A social media based community channel for older people designed to counter a reduction in face to face interaction in social housing in the South West. The channel will host local media content such as news and events, transport information and health and wellbeing advice. 
  • Media Mill by Hebe Media – Using open data platforms in Leeds and York, a consortium of partners, including media producers, researchers and data scientists will identify and transform data into local media content, primarily for mobile.

The four projects were successful through a two-part competition process, which saw 39 expressions of interest in the first stage and 11 applications in the second stage. The project teams were also put through their paces during a week-long ‘Sandpit’ (incubation lab) in February, which was run by a team from the Creative Industries KTN, Technology Strategy Board and Nesta. 

The intensive week paid off for the winners, who successfully collaborated and developed their projects, demonstrating the potential of their technology-led hyperlocal solutions. 

Nesta will be working with the projects for about 18 months, building on our extensive research published within the last two years, to generate significant knowledge and further stimulate UK-wide activity and investment of this diverse and growing market. 

A Survivors' Guide to Hyperlocal

Nesta have also published a new Destination Local resource, with the editors of success story Kentishtowner sharing what they have learned from running a blog-turned-award-winning daily publication across three platforms. 

A Survivors' Guide to Hyperlocal Media provides hyperlocal media startups and publishers with a practical and useful guide to making their service a success.

Key Findings

  • It’s better to set prices for advertising high and build in plenty of room to bargain.
  • Once a readership is established, consider turning your hyperlocal web service into a standalone newsprint publication.
  • Embrace the DIY ethic: If you’re not prepared to multi-task, long-term sustainability of a hyperlocal media title is going to be tough.
  • Scale is the only way to make the project truly sustainable. 
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