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THIS CAMPAIGN/PROJECT CONCLUDED EFF 5/22/21

Read below to see what we did...

Unify Akron x Backdraft

Unify Akron - What's the story?

An Idea Is Born

In 2018 Kevin Friend, an Akronite, created a mural to spread unity, love, peace and equality throughout Akron. The original mural is visible on the Towpath under Wilbeth Road.


This year, like many of us, Kevin felt the need to get involved with his local community which is where the idea for "Unify Akron" was born. He partnered with 32 local businesses to post his murals and encourage Akronites to patronize those businesses.


His original campaign launched in paper form at the end of October and the first winner of 100 gift cards valued at $50 (for the business of the winners choice) was awarded in November. 

Going Digital

Starting December 14th, Unify Akron will relaunch as a digital platform with the help of local tech startup, Backdraft. 


Akronites will be able to download the Backdraft app and signup in under 5 minutes to get started in the passport program. 

Unify Akron x Backdraft

Kevin needed a digital platform, Backdraft was here to help.

For Akronites it's simple and fast - less than 5 minutes to start!

Sign Up

- Download & Signup through the Backdraft App.

- Provide basic info: Name, Birthdate, Email & Zip Code.

- No credit card or banking information required! 

Apple App Store

Google Play

Visit Participating Businesses

- Use your smartphone to scan the digital passport code.

- Visit 25 of the 32 participating businesses & receive a $50 gift card to the business of your choice!

Bonus Adventures

- Check the app daily for Bonus Adventures!

- We've partnered with the same local businesses to provide exclusive prizes!

Participating Businesses

32 Businesses. 1 Mission.

A Walk in the Park Café

Adam Klein's Seafood

Akron Brow Bar

Akron Coffee Roasters

Azteca Mexican Restaurant

Bob's Hamburg

Buckeye Smoke Shop

Compass Coffee

Edgar's Restaurant

Eye Opener

Hibachi Japanese Cuisine

Highland Square Theater

High St. Hop House

Kenmore Komic & Games

Leonardo's Pizza

Linda Theatre

Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken

Miss Julie's Kitchen

Mustard Seed Market & Café

Nervous Dog

Niko's Sandwich Board

Primo's Deli

Rock Mill Climbing, Yoga & Fitness

Rubber City Clothing

Sanabel Middle East Bakery

Southern Kitchen

Square Records

Stacy's Deals

Sushi Katsu

Tru Barre Studio

Uncle Tito's Mexican Grill

Uncorked Wine Bar & Galleries

Your Pizza Shop

FAQ's

How do I sign up?

Use your smart phone to download the Backdraft app in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

Answer a few basic questions.

Done!

What Information do you need?

To signup for the app, the user will be asked for the following information:

- Name

- Email Address

- Birthday

- Zip Code

Backdraft does not require users to enter any banking information to use the digital passport

program. 

How Do I Get my Reward?​

Visit 25 of the 32 participating businesses (more if you like!) and scan their digital passport code.

Once you visit 25 businesses, the team will reach out to you directly (through the email provided at signup, to coordinate your gift card delivery.

What if I already started the Program with a paper passport?

We love that you've already started to participate! To get credit for the stamps you've already accumulated,

please send an email to [email protected] with your name and a photo of your passport so we can credit your

account. 

Let's get Social!

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