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 Electronics, Sensors, Photonics 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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All that eHealth research - where's the hold up getting to market?

There's been significant investment across Europe into eHealth (telehealth, telecare, assisted living, TECS, call it what you will) that has produced some great solutions. Co-designed solutions drawing on sensors, comms, all flavours of IT (cloud, big data, AI, IoT) and increasingly with users involved to get that UX that makes the people these services are designed for inclined to use them. However, most of this 'good stuff' - and some of it is truly excellent - fails to get to market. That was one of the major themes at the AAL Forum held in St Gallen in September 2016. Rightly so, the AAL programme has delivered volumes of new solutions now stuck in that no-man's land between a high TRL project and that elusive beast, the market.

The reasons for the impasse are many and varied (organisational cultures, reimbursement, liability issues, standards, security/privacy/consent concerns, interoperability - not a comprehensive list and not necessarily in that order) but one of the most fundamental is a lack of awareness of what's available and do-able on the part of the public and health/care professionals alike. This was the topic of two European Knowledge Tree Group (an official KTN Group) workshop sessions at the 2016 AAL Forum held in St Gallen. Short overviews of the challenges and opportunities in addressing the public and eHealth professionals were given by EKTG experts to stimulate debate among the participants, obtain consensus and agree some actions. Presentations and a report of the conclusions of the sessions can be found here. Be patient, the link is slow!

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