Since 2017, thousands of public servants, technologists, and civic innovators from around the world gather at FWD50 to answer one vital question: How do we use technology to make society better for all?
After a blockbuster virtual event in 2020 with participation from nearly 30 countries, we’re expanding to workshops, book clubs, and more across the months leading up to this year’s fall event.
3000+ attendees descend on Canada’s Capital City every fall to talk about the future of digital and open government. Watch the 2020 recap, and join us for 2021 as we gather thousands virtually from around the globe.
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What people are saying
“Once again, FWD50 sets a new standard.”
“This was one of the best-run conferences I have ever attended or spoken at.”
“It’s my first year attending FWD50. I am kicking myself for not attending in the past.”
“Every single session that I attended was mind blowing.”
“I came into this conference not knowing what to expect. I was BLOWN AWAY. What an amazing lineup.”
“As expected, FWD50 is leading the way in building virtual events that bring the world together in ways that weren’t possible in 2019.”
“While I miss the face to face aspect, this is as good as it gets for a digital conference.”
“It just keeps getting better every year!”
“Some of the most inspiring and fascinating speakers, all on a platform that was easy to use.”
“Very impressive speakers, content and use of technology to facilitate a remarkable virtual conference. Depth, breath and diversity were outstanding.”
“The tools more than proved that digital conferences can be just as engaging!”
Our faculty joins us from around the world to share their knowledge at FWD50 each November. Here’s a taste of the amazing speakers you’ll be learning from this year.
Want to take the stage? If you’ve got a talk to give or a speaker to propose, contact us.
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Something for everyone
For modern leaders, technology is no longer an option. It’s the key to better services, more inclusive design, lower costs, and increased transparency.
But while tech can help government, it’s also fundamentally reshaping society. Technology isn’t just in service of policy—it is policy. To help executives navigate these tumultuous waters, we launched a packed 3-day track in 2020 tailored to government executives, which we’ll bring back for 2021.
AI. The Internet of Things. Big Data. Cloud Computing. Government is Big Tech for public good, and it’s your job to keep it running smoothly while replacing outdated infrastructure, listening at scale, and anticipating changes.
FWD50 has the deep-dive workshops, hard-won lessons, and diverse expert voices you need to shape the platforms on which governments will run in the future. Join our community to get involved year-round.
Modern society is a partnership between the public and private sector. To keep up with rapid, pervasive change, governments need the help of disruptors in industry.
FWD50 creates meaningful conversations between government and industry. Whether you want to attend, speak, or help support the event, this is the best way to connect with your public service counterparts and chart the course of digital government together.