The Impact Hub presents: Unlikely Allies, Future of Cities 2016

Unlikely Allies is a two day festival that takes place in a 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 and 2017, we will take action together to explore the theme of creating positive solutions for the Future of Cities.

Why Join Unlikely Allies?

20 Expeditions
and workshops

30+ Speakers, Artists, & Innovators

80+ World

500+ Excited

Event at a glance

The festival is comprised of three main parts, centered on the Pioneer Square neighborhood, with events in the Impact Hub Seattle, at Occidental Park and branching out across the city of Seattle.

City Solutions Laboratory

City Solutions

Learning Expeditions


Unlikely Allies in the Park

Unlikely Allies
in the Park

More coming soon

More coming

Your Experience at Unlikely Allies

Get Involved

Get your hands dirty and innovate with over 500 entrepreneurs, Impact Hub teams, activists, policy makers, business and government leaders, creatives and community members from Seattle and 80+ cities worldwide.


Benefit from exclusive relationship-building, knowledge transfer, strategic collaboration, and real-time discovery. Make valuable professional connections with thought-leaders, influencers, change-makers and innovators from all over the world


Experience a unique learning and exchange environment that is designed for you to interact with diverse citizens, innovators and experts to create solutions to the most pressing issues in cities worldwide with Seattle as your real-time laboratory.

Create solutions

Create, explore and get inspired by key solutions to real city problems that innovators from Seattle and the world are working on with other local and global citizens.

Testimonials from last year