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This November, more than fifteen countries’ digital government leaders will converge on Ottawa to chart the course of government tech, connected citizens, digital policy and the future of society.

Once, technology was a cost of government. Now, it is government. The line between laws and algorithms blurs. Digital-first services speed delivery. Data flows across our digital lives. But at what cost?

As a society, we must embrace what technology can help, while remaining sober about its downsides. Instead of moving fast and breaking things, we need to move deliberately and create things. But move we must. That’s why we run FWD50. And why you should join us.

Speakers

Our faculty travels from around the world to bring the latest insights in digital government to the FWD50 stage. Here's just a sample of this year's extraordinary speakers:

Sir Francis Maude

The Right Honorable Lord Maude of Horsham

Former UK Cabinet Office Minister, 2010-2015

Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang

Digital Minister
Taiwan

Natalie Evans Harris

Natalie Evans Harris

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer
BrightHive, Inc

Santiago Paz

Santiago Paz

Information Security Director
AGESIC Uruguay

Melissa Hathaway

Melissa Hathaway

Distinguished Fellow
Centre for International Governance Innovation

Siim Sikkut

Siim Sikkut

Government CIO
Republic of Estonia

Pia (Waugh) Andrews

Pia Andrews

Service Integration Lead
New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs

Aurélie Pols

Aurélie Pols

Co-founder
Competing on Privacy

Alex Benay

Alex Benay

Chief Information Officer
Government of Canada

Dr. Audrey Lobo-Pulo

Dr. Audrey Lobo-Pulo

Founder
Phoensight

Carme Artigas

Carme Artigas Brugal

CEO
Synergic Partners, a Telefonica Company

James Delorme

James Delorme

President
First Sky Media Group

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Tickets

We’re working hard to make FWD50 the most valuable week of your year, combining essential lessons with inspiring content and chance to learn from your peers at home and around the world. FWD50 is considered a training event for federal employee budgetary purposes.

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Check out the Venue

Once again, FWD50 will transform the iconic Agricultural Pavillion in Lansdowne Park. Here’s what it looked like in 2017.

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Key Topics

We’re tackling a wide range of subjects, from cutting-edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Distributed Ledgers to more practical challenges with processes, culture, and change management.

We’re also looking at how technology changes every facet of government. In 2017, we had representatives from 39 distinct government departments attending the event, offering case studies and hard-won lessons from their innovation efforts.

Got a topic you want to speak about? Our Call for Proposals is now open, and we can’t wait to see what you suggest!

Sponsors

FWD50 is made possible with the support of a select group of sponsors and partners, including: