July 5 - 6, 2016 – Seattle, WA, USA What happens when you bring a diverse group of global and local citizens, innovators and entrepreneurs from 80+ cities around the world into a city, inspire them to scale and improve their solutions for city challenges and connect them to make these changes lasting and transferable to other cities across the globe? Unlikely Allies is a two-day festival that takes place in one new city each year, bringing together global and local thought leaders, changemakers, inspired citizens and their unlikely allies: the hackers, artists, policy makers, activists, corporate innovators and designers needed to make real change happen on key issues of our world today. In 2016, Seattle will become our living laboratory during the Unlikely Allies festival. Inside this laboratory, we will explore local solutions and exchange best practices from 80+ cities to inspire new collaborative initiatives that are globally applicable. In 2016 and 2017, the Unlikely Allies festival will explore the theme of creating positive solutions for the Future of Cities. The festival is fueled and organized by the Impact Hub Global Network as our annual flagship event.
The Unlikely Allies is a festival that departs from the conventional "I talk, you listen" conference by creating a living laboratory inside the city with activities based on live participation, creative exchange and lasting collaboration. Enjoy a multitude of inspiring experiences over the course of two days:
- A City Solutions Laboratory: hosting high-level discussions, engagement and networking by thought-leaders, innovators, experts, practitioners and change-makers from Seattle, from across the US and from all over the world, on-site;
- Learning Expeditions across the city of Seattle;
- and a neighborhood Unlikely Allies in the Park that will highlight the importance of local neighborhood innovation in the future of cities.