Every year, the Urban Future Global Conference gathers the Urban Future community, called CityChangers, to promote sustainability and turn cities into a better place to live for citizens across the world. More than 4,000 urban change-makers from around the world were bound for Rotterdam later this year when the 2021 UFGC was scheduled to happen at the city’s brand new AHOY. Given the global COVID pandemic’s volatile development and the subsequent significant uncertainties for live events, the Urban Future team and the City of Rotterdam are announcing the event’s postponement. Alternatives are in the making!
Arno Bronte, Rotterdam’s Vice Mayor for Sustainability, Clean air and Energy Transition explains the decision “While we were excited to welcome the most inspiring and passionate urban change-makers from all around the world here in Rotterdam this June, we realised that – due to the complete uncertainty around Covid-19 – this is currently not possible. UFGC and the city of Rotterdam are setting the course to forward our mutual event towards a future date, and we’ll keep on working hard – together with talented local CityChangers – to amaze the international audience with a multitude of new actions towards a greener, happier and more livable Rotterdam”.
While the postponement of this year’s live event was of course disappointing for the organisers, partners and the entire community, it also created an exceptional opportunity. The Urban Future team was able to bundle all resources in a project brought up by the community itself. Therefore, the community is setting up a virtual “home base” for CityChangers to share transformation stories, specific know-how, as well as inspiration and motivation. The new base will provide know-how and expertise 24/7 for 365 days a year and absolutely free of charge. Turning the Urban Future Conference into a perpetual event, where like-minded users can share and contribute to the Community.
Get the first impression on www.urban-future.org.
The UFGC 2022 edition is already scheduled to be happening live in Sweden at the beginning of June. As well as the 2023’s edition which is scheduled to take place in Stuttgart Germany.
The Urban Future is the world’s largest meeting place for CityChangers, people who strive to make their cities more sustainable with lots of passion and commitment. They implement concrete projects, thus improving life in the respective city. The Urban Future brings our brightest minds together, regarding itself as a neutral platform without any political agenda. The conference was co-founded in 2014 by Gerald Babel-Sutter and took place in a different European city every year. Since 2014, visitor numbers have tripled. The 2020 edition in Lisbon had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. 2021 will see the first fully virtual event and a new digital home-base for CityChangers around the world.