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.

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Digital Britain

A government report published this week calls for a government-owned private cloud, known as the G-Cloud, to be established within three years.

The Digital Britain report outlines plans to help Britain innovate now, in order to have a thriving digital economy in five to 10 years time.

"On August 1768, when Captain James Cook set sail for Australia, it took two years and 320 days before he returned to describe what he found there. Yesterday, on 15 june 2009, 20 hours of new content were posted on You Tube every minute, 494 exabytes of information were transferred seamlessly across the globe, over 2.6 billion mobile minutes were exchanged across Europe, and millions of enquiries were made using Google algorithm."

Communications underpin the whole of our economy and society, from retail, to transport, to trading in the City. The volume of digital content is expected to increase to between 10 and 100 times the current level over the next three to five years and it is essential thatsteps are taken to manage this and turn it to the country's advantage.

The G-Cloud would allow local and central government departments to share centrally hosted applications. The CIO Council and UK IT trade association Intellect are currently developing a business case for funding the Cloud.

"Provided that this business case can be properly developed, the adoption of the G-Cloud will be a priority for government investment to secure efficiencies," Lord Carter said in the report.

The government's proposals also include a £300 million Home Access scheme to help bring internet access to low income families, the appointment of Martha Lane Fox, formerly of lastminute.com, as a Champion for Digital Inclusion, and a National Plan for Digital Participation.

It also promises broadband at a minimum speed of 2Mbps across the country by 2012, using a mix of DSL, fibre to the street cabinet, wireless and possibly satellite infill for the harder to reach areas. This will partly be funded by a £6 per year 'broadband tax' on every household with a telephone line.

The mobile phone industry received a boost with the news that 3g network licences are to be extended indefinitely: this is intended to encourage operators to roll out 3g in areas that are not currently covered.

The report also announced a 2015 deadline for analogue radio switch off.

The Technology Strategy Board, the government body that exists to promote business innovation in technology, and which provides the funding for Grid Computing Now!, has contributed to the Digital Britain Report and has been assigned the role of leading the technology and innovation efforts required to ensure that Britain has a successful digital future. The TSB's own strategy is outlined in a document here.  


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