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 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.

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

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IC tomorrow's Wearable Technologies Innovation Contest - Winners List

Through its IC tomorrow programme, earlier in the year Innovate UK delivered a £210K Wearable Technologies Innovation Contest. On the table were six awards of up to £35k to fund the development of digital solutions solving challenges across wearable technology in the theme areas of sport, wellbeing, entertainment, hospitality, health and safety and accessability and design.
In addition to the benefit of funding, the competition also offered successful companies the opportunity to collaborate with commercial partners to accelerate development of their technologies.
Here is a list of the winners:
Sport & Wellbeing
Challenge One - Sensor Technology & Tracking Performance
Partner: McClaren & Loughborough University
Selected Winner: Balance4Good
Balance4Good is developing an affordable system that will enable self-managed balance improvement to prevent falls.  This technology will integrate low cost easy to use wearable sensors with a smartphone app and online service that will measure balance, propose exercises and monitor improvement.
Challenge two - Wearables for Kids
Partner: Disney
Selected Winner: ZubZub by Team Turquoise
ZubZub can help children wind down through the phenomenon of heart entertainment, people's natural synchronisation with external rhythms.  It works like music but uses a tactile stimulus, rather than an audio one.  This means that it can work without sound and in a more controllable way.
Challenge three - Guest Centred Experience Through Wearables
Partner: glh Hotels
Selected Winner: Blendology
The E-paper branded Hotel Key and Staff Badge has a patenting "onetap to connect" technology that allows two gadgets to connect instantly and exchange information if they are tapped together.  This project is to adapt and develop our low power wearable technology to enable it to further improve the guest experience and the efficiency of staff.
Health & Safety
Challenge Four - Reacting to the Local Environment
Partner: Amey & Network Rail
Selected Winner: Connected Worksite by JMG
Connected Worksite system is a combination of distributed hazard beacons and a wearable smart alert system.  Together these components create a safety network cross the entire worksite; alerting wearers to situations of high risk and notifying surrounding devices of their immediate proximity.
Challenge Five - Unlocking Accessibility Through Wearables
Partner: Atos
Selected Winner: dbGLOVE by Intact
dbGLOVE is a wearable device that digitizes several existing touch-based alphabets, such as Malossi & Braille, to enable blind and deaf-blind people to use all the features of a mobile device, to communicate with others and to interact with the world.
Challenge Six - Plug and Play for Textile Wearables
Partner: Queen Mary University London
Selected Winner: Project WEARON by Umbrellium
Project WEARON enables wearable/textile designers to connect their products quickly and simply to the web and make them more useful. It consists of a 4 part tool chain of 'interfaces'.
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