We’ve added answers to some of the most common questions about the event here.

FWD50 and the novel Coronavirus

The safety of our attendees, our speakers, and our team are our first priority. While we hope that our collective response to this crisis allows us to run an in-person event in November, we are taking steps today to prepare for what might happen in the coming months. We’ll offer more details in the coming weeks, but here is our current strategy.

Is FWD50 a training event for budgetary purposes?

For Canadian Federal employees, FWD50 has been deemed as training by the government-wide functional community lead (in this case, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) for IM/IT-related large information-sharing or learning sessions) on September 15, 2017, as posted on the government of Canada internal GCpedia site Conference versus training: Large information-sharing or learning sessions. This is in keeping with the Guide to Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures.

Do you offer discounts?

We reserve our deepest discounts for government attendees, and verify government ID at badge pick-up to confirm that you qualify. We have discounted tickets for larger government groups. If you’re part of a municipal, state, provincial or national government that wants to purchase group tickets, contact us.

I’m part of a group that has already bought tickets, but want to buy another ticket at that rate. What do I do?

Contact us and let us know what group you’re with, and we’ll put you in touch with the group ticket buyer. They can purchase an additional ticket for their group at their group rate on your behalf.

Are there other ways to attend?

Yes! We’re committed to making the event accessible to all those who want to have a voice. With that in mind, here are some other ways to get involved:

  • You can volunteer to help out on site, and get a free pass in return.
  • You may qualify for a discount if you’re within academia, or a member of a partner organization.
  • If you’re with the media and want to cover the event, we have a limited number of media access passes we can offer.

Can I get a copy of the speaker’s slides?

We post presentations from speakers who agree to share their content on Slideshare in the week following the conference. You can find past years’ talks there, too.

Can you still answer my question?

Did we miss something? Please let us know; we’ll do our best to consider every request fairly and quickly.