Events

Can’t get enough of FWD50 once a year?

Neither can we! After hearing from dozens of attendees that they want year-round content on public sector innovation, we’re launching a series of online events throughout the year.

All session times are listed in the EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).

FWD50 Extras

FWD50 Extras is a year-round series of events exclusively for ticket-holders. These events include workshops, meetups, debates, and more, and are a chance to dive deeper into vital public sector topics with world-renowned experts on policy and technology. See past Extras.

Upcoming Extras

Keep and eye out for upcoming Extras! In the meantime you can see past sessions on Access, our community platform.

Past Extras

Access past recorded events below. Note that Extras are part of your annual FWD50 ticket, so you’ll need to log in to view them.

Workshop
17/06/2021 - 10.00-11.30

FWD50 Extras: Practical applications of speculative design in service delivery

Public sector innovation has fundamentally different goals than private sector innovation, so it needs a different set of tools. The UX design practice of identifying and alleviating user pain points is now common in many service-oriented organizations,... read more

Thomas Hoy
FellowCode for Canada
Farwa Farshori
FellowCode for Canada
Neil Mispelaar
FellowCode for Canada
Workshop
19/08/2021 - 10.00-11.30

FWD50 Extras: De-risking your digital transformation

How leaders can give digital transformation the best chance of success.

Join Public Digital Partners, Emma Gawen and James Stewart, for an in depth look at how to de-risk your organization’s digital transformation. They’ll... read more

Emma Gawen
PartnerPublic Digital
James Stewart
PartnerPublic Digital
Workshop
16/09/2021 - 10.00-11.30

FWD50 Extras: Discovering Harmful Algorithms

In this workshop, you’ll discover how critical AI incidents take shape from the inside. Learn how vast groups of people (including yourselves) are outliers in some data and can face negative consequences because of algorithmic bias. This workshop... read more

Ayodele Odubela
FounderEthical AI Champions
Presentation
21/10/2021 - 06.00-07.00

FWD50 Extras: Designing a digital future

Between a pandemic that has changed our world forever, and with the emergence of Web 3.0, our relationship to technology is going through a seismic shift as it becomes ubiquitous to our lives. How is this changing the way we are envisioning our relationship... read more

Pia Andrews
Pia Andrews
Serial Public Sector Transformer
Audrey Tang
Audrey Tang
Digital MinisterTaiwan
Kristo Vaher
Kristo Vaher
Chief Technology OfficerRepublic of Estonia
Derek Alton
Team Lead - International Projects, Communications and EngagementInnovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Workshop
17/02/2022 - 10.00-11.30

FWD50 Extras: Strategic Foresight for More Resilient Public Sector Organizations

It’s easier and more effective to think about emerging technology 10 years in the future than to consider its impact over the coming year. Counterintuitive? Absolutely! This is just one of the topics that we’ll unpack and explore during this interactive... read more

Ramy Nassar
Founder1000 Days Out
Workshop
28/04/2022 - 10.00-11.30

FWD50 Extras: Technology Crash Course

If you were to step back and look at human history, the transition from analog to digital happened almost instantaneously. How we learn, communicate, and work happens atop a complex stack of technologies we often take for granted. Understanding this... read more

Alistair Croll
Co-founder & ChairFWD50
Panel
19/05/2022 - 10.00-11.30

FWD50 Extras: The Evolving Role of the Chief Data Officer in the Government of Canada

In 2021 the Institute on Governance launched a study in partnership with four Government of Canada departments to examine the role of Departmental Chief Data Officers – a relatively new position within the federal government. Through a series... read more

Ryan Androsoff
CEO & FounderThink Digital
Peter Bruce
Senior Associate for Leadership and LearningInstitute on Governance (IOG)
Elise Legendre
Chief Data OfficerAgriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Gregory Richards
Vice-Dean, Professional Graduate ProgramsTelfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
Chris Allison
Chief Data OfficerPublic Health Agency of Canada
Teresa D’Andrea
Director General, Service & Data ModernizationTransport Canada
James Van Loon
Chief Data OfficerHealth Canada

Book Club

From time to time, we run Book Clubs to discuss the latest in digital transformation and public sector innovation with fellow leaders and noted experts. Each session is a candid 90-minute online conversation, in which we cover a brief synopsis of a book and its key ideas, followed by an open peer discussion with the author. Priority is given to senior executives and decision-makers in the public sector. Apply to attend the next one.

Upcoming Book Clubs

Here are some of the amazing authors we’ve got lined up for future events.

Past Book Clubs

Here’s a look at our past Executive Book Clubs.

Interactive session
27/05/2021 - 12.00-13.30

Executive Book Club: Kill It With Fire by Marianne Bellotti

Our inaugural guest is Marianne Bellotti, author of the acclaimed book Kill it with Fire. Thanks to our partners at IBM, we’re... read more

Interactive session
09/09/2021 - 12.00-13.30

Executive Book Club: Infomocracy by Malka Older

Thanks to the support of our partners at Google Cloud, we ran the second Executive Book Club on September 9, 2021 with Malka Older, author of Infomocracy. She’s a prolific writer, and her background as an aid worker has informed her... read more

Interactive session
14/10/2021 - 12.00-13.30

Executive Book Club: Get Lucky by Lane Becker

Our third guest is Lane Becker, author of Get Lucky. Thanks to our partners at CGI, we’re going to spend 90 minutes... read more

Interactive session
03/12/2021 - 15.00-16.30

Executive Book Club: The Transparent Society by David Brin

Our fourth guest is David Brin, author of The Transparent Society. Thanks to our partners at CGI, we’re going to spend 90 minutes diving into his book.

... read more

Interactive session
31/03/2022 - 12.00-13.00

Book Club: The Tech That Comes Next by Afua Bruce and Amy Sample Ward

Our next guests are Afua Bruce and Amy Sample Ward, authors of The Tech That Comes Next. We’re going to spend 60 minutes diving into their book, and how their... read more

Presentation
29/09/2022 - 12.00-13.00

Book Club: Digital Government Excellence by Siim Sikkut

Our Fall guest will be none other than former Estonian CIO, and author of Digital Government Excellence, Siim Sikkut. We’re going to spend 60 minutes diving into his book, talking all about digital leadership, and pulling out practical... read more

Annual conference (November)

FWD50 spans multiple days of packed content, from keynotes and workshops to breakouts and meeting rooms as well as other content we run throughout the week. We’ll be publishing a high-level overview of the conference in the coming months as we complete our Call for Proposals, and releasing a detailed interactive agenda closer to the event itself.