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 sustainability 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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Stellar lineup announced for exciting event “Collaboration and User Innovation in Transport”

The speaker programme for “Collaboration and User Innovation in Transport” has been announced! 

With rapid developments in social media technology, smartphone apps, open data, and volunteered geographic information, in a context of doing more with less and doing that sustainably, the event considers:

The context for collaboration and user innovation with:

  • Ideas in Transit - Introduction to the prospects of user innovation. Professor Glenn Lyons, Associate Dean (Research and Knowledge Exchange), Professor of Transport and Society, University of West of England
  • Policy context for collaboration and user innovation. Andrew Goodwin, Strategy Unit, Department for Transport.
  • A framework for delivering a sustainable transport system. What are the environmental boundaries and social foundations that should guide our transport system?  Nicky Conway, Principal Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future.
  • Open data and the transport revolution.  Peter Miller, CEO, Ito World
  • Information Marketplaces – The New Economics of Cities.  Volker Buscher, Director, Leader, Arup Smart Cities

Overcoming barriers to enabling collaboration and user innovation to flourish with:

  • Situating innovation in peoples’ everyday lives.  Exploring the appetite for creative behaviours and new innovative services – more than just a case of ‘build it and they will come’  Professor Glenn Lyons.
  • Grassroots innovation – motivations, barriers and enablers  Tracy Ross, Research Fellow and Associate Dean (Enterprise) at Loughborough Design School.
  • The GeoVation Challenge – Facilitating innovative ventures from real unmet needs.  Chris Parker, Innovation Group, Ordnance Survey.


User innovators’ real experiences of collaboration and user innovation in transport with “Pecha Kuch” style presentations from GeoVation challenge winners:

  • Mission:Explore Daniel Raven-Ellison;
  • MySociety – FixMyTransport, Paul Lenz;
  • Liftshare - My Personal Travel Plan, Bryony Ecclestone;
  • Access Advisr, Neil Taylor;
  • CycleStreets – Cyclscape, Martin Lucas-Smith,  and
  • Sustaination, Ed Dowding.


Open data, open business models roles, tools, skills and mindsets.  Roland Harwood, Co-founder 100%Open the Open Innovation consultancy


Where next?

Exploring how user innovation can create market pull for future efficient mobility of people and goods in limited capacity transport networks.

Stephen Hart, Lead on Integrated Transport - IM, Rail & Marine, Technology Strategy Board.


Navigating us through the day’s programme of presentations, pecha kuchas, round tables and exhibits via a series of lively and interactive discussions, with you the participating audience will be:

Richard Kemp-Harper, Technology Lead, Transport and Energy, Technology Strategy Board


The day’s topics and discussions will be continued by an evening networking programme.


Thought-leaders, decision-makers, developers, entrepreneurs, business, government and academia are registering for the event… people like you! 

GeoVation is running this event at the Royal Society of Arts, London on 24 September 2012. The event is also supported by Ordnance Survey, the Ideas in Transit project, Department for Transport, Technology Strategy Board, and Forum for the Future.

Register here


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