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.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here

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Introducing the 'Building Data Exchange'

Innovate UK’s Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) Programme was a large project with £8m funding, which ran for four years from 2010 to 2014. This focused on gathering and analysing the real performance data of individual buildings and developments across both domestic and non-domestic use.
 
The project followed over 100 projects: 53 projects (totalling 350 dwellings) were domestic properties, and 48 (with 55 individual buildings) were non-domestic. Performance data was collected during both ‘early occupation’ (the first six months post construction and handover), and ‘in use’ occupation for a period of two years. This resulted in a final report for each project, which Innovate UK has used to produce two overall reports covering domestic and non-domestic buildings.
 
Combined, these reports become one of the biggest unexplored datasets in the built environment and create a unique opportunity to explore this data and develop new, disruptive solutions for the management of all types of buildings.
 
Following this project, the Digital Catapult is now working with Innovate UK to research, develop and deliver datasets and lessons for industry with the aim of opening this data up for digital innovation.
 
The Digital Catapult Building Data Exchange project has been created to stimulate this innovation and bring together the digital and built environment communities to work together and create data-driven solutions which deliver greater certainty to whole-life building performance, productivity and wellbeing.
 
This project is also looking  to build on the existing active built environment community created around the BPE Programme, and collaborate with other data providers like getembed.com, carbonbuzz.org, busmethodology.org.uk plus many more.
 
The Building Data Exchange will:
 
Unlock and provide access to the data and lessons in Innovate UK datasets
Facilitate opportunities for data-driven innovation within the Built Environment
Accelerate the transfer of digital skills within the construction sector.
 
“How will we do it?”
 
The Building Data Exchange will provide access to all BPE reports and data from late November 2015. You can pre-register for the site, to be the first to hear when it launches.
 
To announce the official launch of the platform a Hackathon will be held at the Digital Catapult Centre on 5-7 February 2016. Register to secure your place now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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