The Future of Cities & Their Unlikely Allies
30 March 2016 - berlin


Unlikely Allies (UA), an event organized by Impact Hub, will hold it’s second edition in Seattle, USA on July 5-6. Not only is it where the entire Impact Hub network comes together, it’s also a summit exploring how a diverse group of global actors can bring to life a collaborative impact ecosystem. This includes global and local leaders, change agents, enterprising citizens and “unlikely allies” (collaborators) such as hackers, artists, politicians, activists, designers, and those coming from the corporate world.

Held for the first time last year in Romania and in our very own city next year, UA explores local solutions and innovations from more than 70 cities around the world to generate new collaborative initiatives that can be replicated globally. Each edition has it’s own theme and, given the concept, the ‘future of cities’ seems a fitting one for the upcoming event.

Redefining the use of public space, the first day of the festival will transform a block within the Pioneer Square district of Seattle into an innovation showcase. Dozens of local and global companies and community initiatives will come together to enjoy an afternoon of music, workshops and presentations, highlighting inspiring initiatives currently transforming cities into more liveable and sustainable places.

After soaking in the local culture in Seattle, participants will further explore the topic. They will focus on real challenges and innovations taking place in Seattle to initiate dialogue, exchange best practices and pave the way for the emergence of new collaborations. Last year, more than 100 makers from 50 Impact Hubs and approximately 200 unlikely allies gathered from around the world. This edition will feature the participation of 75 Impact Hubs with approximately 400 attendees. Filmed at last year’s event, check out the videos below exploring the future of work and society.