This July, some of Impact Hub-Austin’s team went to Seattle for Unlikely Allies, a festival hosted by Impact Hub-Global. This annual event brought together global and local thought leaders, change-makers, inspired citizens and their unlikely allies: the hackers, artists, policy makers, activists, corporate innovators and designers. Together they worked towards making positive change on key world issues. This year’s theme, “Future of Cities & Solutions Laboratory,” focused on scalable, grassroots solutions to challenges facing cities. The conference had several opportunities for people to develop action plans to address real problems.

The Impact Hub - Austin team got to learn from other centers across the world and to pick the brains of entrepreneurs, activists, governmental leaders, creatives and civic leaders.  

“I most enjoyed connecting with other Impact Hub makers, founders, and teams,” said Impact Hub Austin Community Advocate, Lydia Sadoudi. “They shared how they use their passion for social good to better their communities. We are excited to apply some of those principles in Austin."

"This experience drove home the idea that each hub is created locally and connected globally, and is unique to its environment and social landscape," said co-founder Brian Schoenbaum. "We look forward to further connecting with other opportunities of collaboration between us and other Impact Hubs across the globe." 

You can get an idea of what transpired at Unlikely Allies by learning about the inspiring keynote speakers who shared their experiences, such as Seattle Mayor Edward B. Murray, co-founder of Meeting of the MindsGordon Feller, co-founder of  Impact Hub Birmingham Imandeep Kaur, and many others.