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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. Our Call for Proposals for 2019 has now closed, so we’ll be reviewing the hundreds of talk ideas we received and reaching out to proposers shortly.

To find out what topics are on our minds, 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.

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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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Sponsors

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