On June 1-3, 2022, the global community of urban shapers will meet in Helsingborg, Sweden. This mid-sized city, located on the Swedish coast overlooking Denmark, is one of the most innovative and rapidly changing cities in Europe.
This will be your most valuable week of the year. More than 2,000 of the most brilliant urban shapers, leaders, entrepreneurs, sustainable cities, media professionals, and talent are getting together: to share change-making experience and talk about the failures you will never find in reports. That’s the recipe for accelerating urban transformation.
“The power of a strong community can move the world - the Urban Future Community is one of those.”
Head of Urban Mobility Solutions, Mercedes-Benz
“If I can describe UF19 in one word, that would be ‘inspiring’! Having so many motivated, engaged and passionate people in the same room was very energizing.”
Diana Diaz Castro
“The most inspiring event I’ve ever attended.”
Former Mayor of Graz, Austria
“We must build our future cities together; getting everyone involved is key to their sustainability.”
"It is urgent that cities, private actors, and academics work together to harness new models for decarbonized development, buildings, and services. Urban Future is a great place to do it.”
C40 - Networking Partner
"If we have the courage to act, and politicians need to do that, we can solve all these problems and almost everything about tackling climate change creates new jobs."
Former Mayor of London, UK
WHY YOU'LL LOVE UF22
MEET THE URBAN FUTURE ALLSTARS
Check out the lineup of speakers from around the world: They are among the world’s most influential urban shapers, each sharing with you very personal change-making experiences and creating sparks of inspiration for passionate change-makers.
AN EVENT YOU CAN'T MISS
Feel the energy of thousands of urban change-makers like yourself: everyone who is passionate about sustainable cities is here, open to collaborate, and ready to share what works and what doesn’t. You’ll meet interesting people on every corner, so make sure you are right there.
UF22 HOSTING CITY
EXPERIENCE THE CHANGE
Helsingborg is one of Europe’s most innovative cities, so there’s a lot to explore. Pack your walking shoes to explore the city’s most innovative projects. The field trips will open doors for you, get you inside highly restricted areas, and the people behind the innovation will be your guides.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
SKILLS FOR CHANGE-MAKING
You will gain valuable knowledge, connections, and know-how from the best CityChangers in the world. We will provide impactful solutions, learn from each other, and share knowledge on how to convince others, change structures and behaviours, and focus on the right issues.
ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the trade promotion organisation of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.
AFRY is a European leader in engineering, design, and advisory services, with a global reach.
APCOA PARKING embodies international competence with experts from 13 European countries who transfer their global experience and know-how to local markets.
BoKlok wants to be involved in creating the city of the future where it is easy to live sustainably. They see possibilities where others see challenges, and they are a part of creating more housing options through sustainable and affordable homes – creating cities where there is a place for everyone.
As a growing city, Brisbane is building its reputation as Australia’s New World City. Brisbane's liveability is linked to its natural environment.
City of Dortmund
Like almost no other German city, Dortmund has seen enormous change in recent years. The former "steel city" developed into a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis, acquiring renown all across Europe as an innovative location for technological development.
City of Helsingborg
Helsingborg is a coastal city in southern Sweden, across the Øresund Strait from Denmark, which is to the west. It’s known for its old town, home to the medieval Kärnan tower, the only surviving element of a fortress.
Eurotowns is a Europe-wide network for towns and cities with populations between 50.000 and 250.000. Eurotown's motto? Big enough to cope, small enough to care!
Events in Skane
Event in Skåne is the centre of event expertise and a collaborative partner of events in Skåne.
Through four service lines — Assurance, Consulting, Strategy and Transactions, and Tax — EY helps its clients capitalize on transformative opportunities.
As the largest municipal service provider in Styria, Holding Graz plays a pioneering role in climate protection, especially in sustainable mobility, water supply and waste separation.
H22 – A Smarter City is a long term investment in innovation and sustainable urban development by the City of Helsingborg, Sweden.
Lahti is the European Green Capital 2021 and a city of makers. Lahti aims to become a carbon-neutral city by 2025 as the first major city in Finland.
Maptionnaire Community Engagement Platform bridges the gap between the city and its residents. With Maptionnaire, you can manage the entire public participation process in one place and get insights that enable cities to change.
Mercedes Benz Group
The Mercedes Benz Group is the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach.
The city of Graz has committed itself to sustainability and the responsible use of resources - be it renewable raw material wood in residential housing or the promotion of sustainable mobility.
Stuttgart is in the midst of a unique transformation process, their “Climate Protection Action Programme” being one of the largest municipal climate action programmes in Europe.
Trier is Germany’s oldest city, but with sustainability at its core – with a focus on citizen participation, an SDG action plan, and a variety of projects in the realm of sustainable energy, mobility and education.
UBC is a voluntary, proactive network mobilizing the shared potential of its member cities for democratic, economic, social, cultural and environmentally sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region.
UBC Smart and Prospering Cities Commission
The UBC Smart and Prospering Cities Commission offers a reliable network of entrepreneurs, scientists and administration experts from the BSR and beyond. In the last years, their thematic focus was on attractiveness of cities and innovation promotion.
World Urban Forum 11
The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the premier global conference on sustainable urbanization. WUF11 will be held in the Polish city of Katowice from 26-30 June 2022.
A Sustainable Tomorrow
A Sustainable Tomorrow is a modern and unique meeting place, where bridges are built between grass roots and the leading experts, inspirers and influencers in society.
Architects Sweden, Sveriges Arkitekter, is the professional organisation for all architects in Sweden, working towards the goal of Architects to have a broad and leading role in community building.
Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA) is a foundation under the Ministry of Trade and Industry that works to strengthen the role of design and architecture in the design of tomorrow's Norway.
FutureBuilt generates and promotes low carbon architecture and urban development in the Oslo region.
Greater Copenhagen is a collaborative organisation promoting growth and development in the largest Nordic metropolitan area, encompassing 4.4 million citizens in Southern Sweden and Eastern Denmark.
IQ Samhällsbyggnad (The Swedish Centre for Innovation and Quality in the Built Environment) is a Swedish member organization for companies and organizations in the built environment sector that combines research and innovation issues with cross-border collaboration.
Through micro-funding, Mikrofonden Sverige contributes to more social innovations being developed and used in society.
Mindpark is a number of creative coworking and event spaces located in the southern parts of Sweden.
Nordic City Network
Nordic City Network is a networking organisation connecting professional urban planners and designers, dedicated to sharing the latest knowledge to develop sustainable cities in the Nordics.
Since 2018, Nordregio has been supporting and analysing the implementation of the 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local and regional levels in the Nordic countries.
We help you with behavioral design and hands-on solutions with measurable results in a sustainable direction.
Oslo Business Region
Oslo Business Region helps you navigate in Oslo's startup and innovation community by bridging industries, companies, cities and people.
Reach for Change Sweden
Reach for Change helps high potential social entrepreneurs develop effective solutions to pressing issues for children.
Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark (SED) is a networking forum where social entrepreneurs can find knowledge, get help and support, exchange experiences and ideas and mutually inspire each other.
SEKOM (Sweden's Eco-Municipalities) is the world's oldest municipal network for strategic sustainable development.
Skåne Startups is a grassroots organization built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Our mission is to build a connected, thriving, and diverse startup ecosystem in Southern Sweden.
Smart City Sweden
Smart City Sweden is a state-funded platform for sustainable city solutions.
Stockholm Environment Institute
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an international non-profit research and policy organization that tackles environment and development challenges.
Sustainary is a global non-profit platform that forms partnerships to identify and accelerate new technological business through the green transition.
Swedish Design Movement
Swedish Design Movement brings together players in Swedish design, fashion and architecture who are spearheading the transition to sustainability.
TechBBQ exists to support and strengthen the Nordic startup-ecosystem. They build communities and foster growth for startups and scaleups based on the Nordic values of overcoming egos, barriers and promoting openness, trust and inclusion.
The Natural Step
The purpose of The Natural Step International is to accelerate the transition towards a truly sustainable global society. It will do this by supporting its members in 10 countries, who will engage individuals and organizations to take concrete action towards, and beyond, ecological, social, and economic sustainability.
The Sustainability Collaborative
The Sustainability Collaborative is here to support decision-makers who want to lead, individuals searching for real impact, businesses ready to make a difference, and institutions willing to enact system change.
The UIA (International Union of Architects) World Congress usually takes place every third year with 10-15.000 participants from all over the world. 2023, it will be hosted in Copenhagen, Denkmark.
Urban Studio is a dynamic interdisciplinary research program on urban sustainability. This program is located at the University of Gävle.
Viable Cities is a strategic innovation programme focusing on the transition to climate-neutral and sustainable cities.
BABLE Smart Cities
BABLE offers an open Smart City platform, free to join and use, along with expert advising and services.
Cities Today is one of the leading knowledge platforms for city leaders for mobility, IoT, safety and security, resilience and resource efficiency.
CityChangers.org is your 24/7 digital resource hub for all who want to drive sustainable change in cities. Get critical skills & actionable knowledge and connect globally with your peers!
As the world’s largest community of “systems changemakers”, IE is committed to transforming business and finance to grow the impact economy and co-create a more just and sustainable world.
The voice of the Austrian municipalities. Informs politicians, practitioners and administration.
Profit with Purpose Magazine
The mission of the 'Profit with Purpose Magazine' is to use the power of communication to raise awareness, inspire action and empower innovators to create a sustainable and just economy.
Re: view is an online medium that follows changes in technologies, economics, people, cities, processes, trends.
Startups Magazine is a digital and print magazine helping tech startups connect the dots on their entrepreneurial journeys.
The Business Spirit
The Business Spirit Platform aims to inspire innovators to build a sustainable and just economy. We publish journalistic content to put value-driven innovation in the spotlight, give voice to changemakers, and raise awareness.
TheMayor.EU brings EU institutions, local governments and citizens closer together by sharing best practices in urban sustainability.
Urbanistica is an international podcast sharing stories about the making of smarter & more livable cities for people.
ACT NOW Mayors' Network
ACT NOW brings together like-minded local leaders to foster hands-on mutual support and best practice exchange to bring about concrete local action.
All Things Urban
All Things Urban is a network of urban professionals working on city challenges worldwide.
APAP is the only association representing the professional class of landscape architects in Portugal.
Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker. Together, we collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of society.
Aurora is a European training program for young people (18-20) who want to become game changers.
Circle Economy empower businesses, cities and nations to put the circular economy into action.
Circular Change recognises and shares good circular practices, promotes activities in the international space and connects actors at the city level within ECESP, Circular Hotspot, EMF, OECD Cities and many more.
CITIES FORUM is a global organisation with a multidisciplinary international group of experts in the breadth of topics related to sustainable urban development.
Climate KIC is a knowledge and innovation community, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient society.
CNCA is a collaboration of leading global cities working to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80-100% by 2050.
Connected Places Catapult
Connected Places Catapult is the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and place leadership. They provide impartial ‘innovation as a service’ for public bodies, businesses, and infrastructure providers to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel.
Covenant of Mayors
As part of the European Covenant of Mayors movement, more than 10,000 cities and towns take action to secure a better future for their citizens.
The Data Competence Center for Cities and Regions (DKSR) aims to shape sustainably smart cities and regions by making urban data solutions to municipal challenges understandable, accessible and usable for everyone.
ECOLISE is the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability.
EIT Urban Mobility
EIT Urban Mobility is a pan-European partnership of around 50 businesses, education, research excellence institutions and multifaceted cities.
Erasmus UPT is a research and education centre founded by Erasmus University Rotterdam.
EU Green Week
EU Green Week is the key event in the EU environment policy calendar. Organised by the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission, the conference is an annual opportunity to debate and discuss European environmental policy.
Euclid's vision is to see civil society and social enterprise empowered to drive positive change.
EUROCROWD is an independent, professional business network promoting adequate transparency, regulation and governance in digital finance while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building.
European Innovation Council (EIC)
The EIC aims to identify and support breakthrough technologies and game changing innovations to create new markets and scale up internationally.
FH Technikum Wien
FH Technikum Wien acts in an advisory capacity to politicians and public bodies, striving to expand R&D activities.
German Sustainable Building Council
The aim of the DGNB is to promote sustainability in the construction and real estate industry and instil awareness of building sustainability among the broader population.
Global Parliament of Mayors
A unique governance body of, by and for mayors from all continents with a vision to the world in which mayors, their cities and networks are equal partners in building global governance for an inclusive and sustainable world.
In CIVITAS Handshake, three “Cycling Capitals” are guiding ten “Future Cycling Capitals” on their mission to become bikeable for all.
The European Capital of Innovation Awards is an annual recognition prize awarded to the European cities that best promote innovation in their communities.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.
IE School of Architecture and Design
IE School of Architecture and Design has a responsibility to train future leaders who shape a more humane, sustainable world.
As the world’s largest community of “systems changemakers”, IE is committed to transforming business and finance to grow the impact economy and co-create a more just and sustainable world.
Impact Hub Lisbon
Impact Hub Lisbon enables purpose-driven individuals to create a bigger positive impact together – no matter what their background is.
The Hague is the city for entrepreneurs who want to build a better world. As ImpactCity, The Hague offers a wide range of opportunities and services to entrepreneurs and other impact makers with innovative solutions.
International Federation of Pedestrians
IFP is a network of non-profit associations and individuals working for pedestrians and liveable public space.
JPI Urban Europe
JPI Urban Europe is an intergovernmental research and innovation programme with the ambition to develop a European hub on urban matters.
Klima- und Energiefonds
The Climate and Energy Fund is a funding organisation established in 2007 by the Austrian Federal Government.
8 municipalities of Greater Porto founded LIPOR in 1982 to implement a modern and integrated waste management.
The MetroLab is a Think Tank and consulting service for the integrated urban development of metropolitan areas and city regions.
The world's first community of professionals dedicated to sustainable mobility facilitating connections and collaborations in the mobility industry.
Open & Agile Smart Cities is a global network of smart cities and communities brought together by the ambition to improve the quality of life of their citizens through innovation and technology.
Observatory of Mayors
The Observatory is an international network of cities and a unique platform for the exchange of experiences, knowledge and innovative practices related to social cohesiveness, inclusion and community safety in cities.
oikos Graz is a local chapter of oikos international, a student-led non-profit organization. Together we work for sustainable economics and responsible management.
The Social Entrepreneurship Network Austria (SENA) is the advocacy group for entrepreneurship with positive social impact in Austria.
In addition to political education and advocacy, the Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany advocates for more education about and visibility of social entrepreneurship and is building a strong network of social enterprises across Germany.
Social Enterprise Estonia
The Estonian Social Enterprise Network aims to increase the number, capacity and societal impact of social enterprises in Estonia.
Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia
The NGO “Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia” (SEAL) is a member organization to promote the development of social entrepreneurship in Latvia.
Solar Impulse Foundation
To address sustainability challenges while enabling economic growth, Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse Foundation have identified 1000+ clean and profitable solutions.
Connecting cities and regions for a greener future.We are a cross-border organisation working to create a new green megaregion in Northern Europe.
The Innovation in Politics Institute
IPI improves democracy beyond party lines and across borders.
Torino Stratosferica is a collective project of city imagining.
Ülemiste City is a business park in Tallinn, Estonia, on the territory of the former factory complex Dvigatel in Ülemiste neighbourhood.
Up!Rotterdam connects and strengthens initiatives to provide easier access to talent, international markets and financing.
URBACT enables cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to major urban challenges.
Urban Change Academy
The Urban Change Academy inspires, encourages and empowers urban planners to shape urban change.
Urban Arenas for Sustainable and Just Cities is an EU Research Programme that aims to synthesize and broker knowledge for sustainable and just cities.
Urbanólogo addresses current issues related to urban and territorial dynamics with emphasis on the Portuguese context.
Vital Cities and Citizens
The VCC program studies and engages with cities and its communities from a social, behavioral and humanities point of view.
WBCSD is the premier global, CEO-led community of over 200 of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature positive, and more equitable future.
World Future Council
The World Future Council (WFC) works to pass on a healthy and sustainable planet with just and peaceful societies to our children and grandchildren.