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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 ICT 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.

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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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Global Business Summit on ICT - Keynote speeches

UK Chancellor, George Osborne, started his address with a challenge: "find another government more supportive of new tech than the current UK one". He stressed that the government was  pulling out all the stops to make sure that UK business has everything it needs to innovate, highlighting some recent advances: bold changes in taxation, an innovative climate in which to create IP, a new ICT curriculum for schools, cutting edge cyber broadband; a world class technology cluster, an invaluable open data institute and a new research institute for Smart Cities on which UCL and Imperial College are working.  

“No wonder that world’s leading technology companies are beating a path to London", he said. “In the UK, more GDP goes to technology than in any other society”

Osborne was followed by Ian Livingston, CEO, BT who informed delegates that the UK has the fastest fibre roll out of any country.

“The UK”, he said, “understands globalisation. We are entering globalisation 2.0 - true globalisation. The fastest growing countries are expanding. It’s the decade of the Asian multi national. But we need consistency, security and scalability. The UK is well placed to cover this demand: geographically, linguistically and with IT”

Another inspirational speaker, Hermann Hauser of Amadeus Capital Partners, praised the UK for its top class universites and joked that British genes must be design orientated.

He also pointed out that British company, ARM, had achieved phenomenal  success: since 2010, the value of ARM chips has overtaken Intel. Further, he praised British research and said we are seeing a tsunami of breakthroughs based on molecular biology.

Talking about Catapult Centres, he warned that the most fundamental breakthroughs will take 10 years and venture capital won’t be able to support these. Only government initiatives are enough and and that’s where catapult centres come in.

The final keynote speaker was Director General of BBC, Mark Thompson, who spoke of a period of amazing innovation in which technology works hand in hand with creativity.This was something, he said, that  the world witnessed at the London 2012 opening ceremony with the BBC’s Olympics coverage  a challenge on a scale as never before: 500K streams watched online of Rebecca Adlington race on Monday, at same time 10M viewers watched on TV.

But he stressed that it is crucial that the BBC shares its innovation with the rest of the industry. He also highlighted that wherever possible, the BBC is bringing the content creators, the storytellers, to work together together with the people who make the technology,

Events can be accessed, through a virtual experience platform, provided by 6 Connex. Please register your interest in participating here.


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