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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.

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.

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Do we need a Ryanair for the telecoms sector?

Telecoms could prove to be a “bottleneck” for innovation and the sector needs “a Michael O’Leary or a Ryanair” to bring a “disruptive approach” to the area, according to Martin Curley, director of Intel’s European R&D labs.

He was speaking on Wednesday at the opening of the three-day Future Internet Assembly (FIA) being held in Dublin, Ireland.

As reported in the Irish Times, during the FIA event, which runs until Friday, European delegates are discussing how to maintain competitiveness in the internet marketplace in Europe while meeting societal, business and technology ambitions.

The event is also covering topics such as the potential of wireless and wired networks,  the app economy,  research programs, open data, mobile gaming in the cloud, Future Internet smart utility services (FINESCE) and security. 

On Thursday,  Dr. Fiona Williams, Research Director, Ericsson GmbH and FINESCE use case project lead, explained how the Future Internet can make energy grids more efficient. Her presentation and other highlights from the event can be seen on the FINESCE website. 

Minister of State for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, opened the event, saying  the Irish EU presidency is “very determined” to work on gaining agreement at political level for the direction of the Horizon 2020 innovation framework during the next few months.

Set to begin on 1 January next year, Horizon 2020 will see about €70 billion pumped into research and innovation. 



3 people have had something to say so far

Asking for a RYANAIR contribution (or disruption) to bottlenecks suggest a poor understanding of what really needs to be done. Perhaps the quote was taken out of context but it looks like an easy headline grabber, but not one that usually is associated with strong customer experience.
In practice Telecomms capital investment is what is really needed, which actually recognises that regulation, scale ,competition and investment returns all play a major part . The choice of networks in both CHINA and USA is less than 1/10th of the number of mobile networks in Europe. Perhaps we also need someone who understands that handset subsidies cannot continue at historic levels, or that spectrum fees and investment need reasonable returns. I am not sure with all the voice / messaging / data /video and customer care based innovation, or 5 generations of mobile that Michael O`Leary is really very well qualified for this role . Analogies need a little more thought beyond the headlines .
Dr Mike Short
Posted on 11/05/13 18:38.
Consumers reap the benefits in those markets that have effective regulators (eg France in mobile & fixed) and suffer in those that do not (eg UK in and USA to varying degrees). Markets can only be disrupted when regulators encourage such disruption in preference to maintaining the status quo and the dominance of the incumbents.
Posted on 13/05/13 08:38.
You'd have to prebook a Ryanair phone call on the internet and pay a £20 surcharge if the call was slightly longer than you'd booked. Then it would terminate 40 miles from where you expected it to.
Posted on 13/05/13 10:51.

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