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June 16-18 | 2021

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The programme of the URBAN FUTURE global conference is shaped to a huge extent by amazing organisations, each of them focusing on slightly different thematic areas, coming from different regions of the world facing different urban challenges. Without them, our community and our conferences would just not look the same.
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A City Made By People

A City Made By People is an international network of city enthusiasts, collaborating and celebrating liveability in cities. Through engaging content (online + print) and local programming (events + activities), it’s our mission to enable meaningful connections so we can create a more liveable city together. #acitymadebypeople



BlueCity serves as a breeding ground for 30+ innovative, circular companies linking their waste-streams within an abandoned waterpark. It’s BlueCity’s goal to provide start-ups and scale-ups with access to circular resources, knowledge, and talent, to turn ideas into action and ultimately: to help sustainable entrepreneurs grow from intention to impact.



BYCS works with businesses, governments and non-profits to initiate and scale breakthrough ideas that accelerate cycling in cities. In this way they unlock massive social, environmental and economic gains for everyone.


Circle Economy

Circle Economy connects and empowers a global community with a powerful combination of practical and scalable solutions to create systemic transformation and turn circular opportunities into reality.


CIC Rotterdam

 Acting as a gateway to Europe, CIC Rotterdam expands the existing community of entrepreneurs, investors and established businesses, fostering innovation and providing offices, co-working, and event spaces.



DRIFT is a leading research institute in the field of sustainability transitions. We develop and share transformative knowledge to support people, cities, sectors and organisations to engage proactively with transitions.


Dutch Cycling Embassy

The Dutch Cycling Embassy is a Public Private Partnership which represents a large network of 70 organizations offering the best of Dutch cycling knowledge and expertise, translating success stories from The Netherlands to countries and cities around the world.


Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics

Erasmus UPT is a research and education centre founded by Erasmus University Rotterdam. They provide governments and industry with cutting-edge knowledge, international best practice advice and workable policy recommendations.


Het Nieuwe Instituut

The Het Nieuwe Instituut encourages intersectional thought, gives visibility to research projects around sustainable cities or exhibits critical exhibitions.



The current urban challenges require new ways of thinking and doing. As an agency for urban change, Humankind’s creative, multidisciplinary approach combines urban planning, social innovation and urban change strategies to turn visions into actions.


Smart Urban Festival

The strategic tech event on creating futureproof cities in the Netherlands. A high end conference connecting professionals in the industries: real estate, urban planning, building, mobility, energy, finance, retail, logistics and city governments.



In co-creation with innovation hubs, large corporations, investors and entrepreneurs, Up!Rotterdam connects and strengthens initiatives to provide easier access to talent, international markets and financing. This gives  innovative entrepreneurs who contribute to a sustainable, circular and digital city in the new economy the space to grow.


Vital Cities and Citizens

As an interfaculty collaboration among three Erasmus University faculties, the VCC program studies and engages with cities and its communities from a social, behavioral and humanities point of view. VCC advances our understanding of the ways in which social and cultural transformations affect quality of life in cities, and helps cities thrive.


Let's team up .

It is a good idea to join forces. Together we are stronger.

There are tons of possibilities to collaborate: mutual promotion, media cooperations, showcasing what you’ve got on-site or becoming one of our premium business partners, hosting one of our field trips or planning a joint side event.

Want to talk it over? Get in touch.

Business partnerships: Gerald Babel-Sutter, gerald@urban-future.org, +43 699 13 33 13 16

Media partnerships: Lisa Gatterbauer, lisa@urban-future.org, +43 650 22 11 616

Networking partnerships: Cornelia Forsthuber, cornelia@urban-future.org, +43 699 13 33 13 13