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 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.

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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Mobile app downloads double in 2012

The number of mobile application downloads worldwide doubled during 2012 and reached 60.1bn, up from 29.5bn in 2011, according to business intelligence agency, Berg Insight. Revenue from applications, both direct and in-app, totaled approximately $8.4bn in 2012. Worldwide app revenue is forecast to show a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent to reach $18.6bn in 2017.

The Apple App Store, Google Play and a number of third-party app stores were responsible for the explosive growth of application downloads in 2012, according to the report. Google's Android operating system was the leading platform that year, due to third-party app stores pushing the platform.

However, with more than 775,000 applications, Apple's App Store is the clear leader in the monetisation of mobile apps, and is predicted to stay in the top slot. Google Play and Windows Phone Store are predicted to rank second and third, respectively, in 2017.

Multiplatform applications and free downloads are two of the main drivers behind the growth of applications, says the report. 

Notably, Some app publishers are building their own social media platforms to help spur growth or incorporate established players like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. This is an indication of the more extreme measures now needed to gain exposure in an increasingly crowded and competitive market.

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