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FWD50 is back for 2019

Last year, 20 countries. 1500 government executives, and a hundred speakers, panelists, and experts gathered in Ottawa, transforming the iconic Aberdeen Pavilion into the locus of global digital government innovation.

We’re back November 5-7. For the last six months, we’ve been hard at work planning an expanded venue, some amazing speakers, and new global partnerships. In the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing more details. In the meantime, our Call for Proposals is open if you want to join dozens of speakers on our stage.

Before you do, check out the results of our third annual survey on digital government to see what topics and technologies the audience most wants to learn about.

Tickets are on sale (and going fast, even though it’s early!) While we’ve expanded this year’s venue to allow more workshops and partner events throughout the conference, space is limited and will likely reach capacity.

If you’re a member of a government group buying five or more tickets, you get our deepest discount—including access to our Workshop Day on November 5. Contact us to find out more about group tickets.

Make sure you’re following us on Twitter, signed up for our mailing list, and a member of our LinkedIn group so you don’t miss our latest news and updates. And join our mailing list if you haven’t already to get notifications in your inbox!

Thanks to all the partners, speakers, and organizations who helped make this happen. We couldn’t do it without you. Here’s a list of who supported us in 2018.

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:

Afua Bruce

Afua Bruce

Director of Engineering, Public Interest Technology
New America

Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan

Director
Babilim Light Industries

Shu Yang Lin

Shu Yang Lin

Consultant and international liaison
PDIS.tw

Guy Elad

Guy Elad

Deputy CIO
Tel Aviv Yafo municipality, Israel

Justyna Orlowska

Justyna Orłowska

Director
GovTech Polska Programme, Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Rainhard Fuchs

Rainhard Fuchs

International Relations
Austrian Digitalisation Agency

Hillary Hartley

Hillary Hartley

Chief Digital and Data Officer
Deputy Minister, Cabinet Office - Province of Ontario

Jerry Overton

Jerry Overton

DXC Fellow, Head of AI
DXC

Malka Older

Malka Older

Author
Associated Researcher, Center for Sociology of Organizations, Sciences Po

Nikhil Deshpande

Nikhil J. Deshpande

Chief Digital Officer
State of Georgia

David Eaves

David Eaves

Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Georges Clement

Georges Clement

Co-Founder, JustFix.nyc
MPP Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School

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What’s next?

We’re enjoying some hard-earned relaxation, but we still have lots planned.

  • Check out some of the photos from the 2018 event!
  • We’ll be sending out a survey to attendees so we can learn what worked, what we should change, and anything else you have to share.
  • Throughout the event, we had volunteers taking notes of many of the fascinating talks and discussions. We’re creating an e-book from their notes, which we’ll publish soon.

You can still check out the 2018 website, including speakers, partners, and schedule. When possible, we’ll be linking each session to whatever materials the speaker provided, so you can review their slides. You can also check them out on Slideshare.

We’ll be back in November 2019. But you have work to do before then. With rich content and hands-on workshops, FWD50 is considered a training event for budgetary purposes. As you’re planning your budgets for next year, be sure to include our fall conference. You’ll get the best price with early-bird tickets and bulk orders for government departments.

Got questions about ticket purchases, or need help making a case to attend? Let us know, and we’ll provide you with detailed information about the event and content.

Sponsors

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