FWD50 events span an entire week of digital government talks, workshops, and networking events. We’ll announce a detailed interactive calendar closer to the conference itself, but here’s a high-level overview for planning purposes.

High-level schedule

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General Conference

Here’s what’s happening during the event.

Keynotes | Nov. 4, 5, 6 and 9

Our keynotes focus on policy, technology, digital transformation, and civil society. For our virtual format, we’ll make these interactive, relying on fireside chat formats and adding shorter “lightning” talks to keep things moving. This year, we have keynotes November 4, 5, 6 and 9.

Breakouts | Nov. 4, 5, 6 and 9

During the afternoon, we run two breakout stages. One runs in conjunction with a partner—focusing on global cooperation, public/private partnerships, regional government, and civic tech. The other features 40-minute talks that give attendees a chance to dig deeper into the details of a topic and interact directly with speakers or experts.

Workshops | Nov. 4, 5, 6 and 9

We run a number of editorial and vendor-led workshops on topics such as design, cloud computing, digital resilience, and metric-driven management. These 90-minute sessions go beyond discussion, relying on collaborative tools and co-creation to learn new skills you can put to work immediately. 

FWD50 in the Mix | Nov. 4 and 5

Virtual conferences have to deal with timezones! We’re adding a track of pre-recorded talks so speakers from around the world can deliver their best ideas, for the first time, at FWD50, in what we’re calling our “in the mix” track. Watch these sessions and discuss them in real time with your fellow attendees—and some of the speakers.

Industry Innovations | Nov. 4, 5, 6 and 9

FWD50 offers plenty of opportunities for the private sector to shine a light on innovation and technology trends.

This includes “fireside chat” interviews, as well as “industry innovation” breakout talks and workshops.

Other event formats

In addition to the core workshops, keynotes, and breakouts above, we run a variety of other content and events throughout the week. Here’s a short list.

Executive track | Nov. 3, 4 and 5

New this year, the executive track is three days of content created specifically for senior leaders in government, with three dedicated days focused on leadership, global activity, and public/private collaboration. Learn more about this exciting new addition to FWD50.

Regional Digital Government Summit | Nov. 6

Back for its second year, regional government leaders gather to tackle the unique challenges of municipal-, provincial-, and state-level public service. In 2019, we collaborated with digital leaders from Ontario, Québec, British Columbia and the State of Georgia, and welcomed a dozen regional executives.

This content, programmed by the regional teams and open only to government employees, is a chance for these groups—many of whom seldom meet—to speak candidly and openly, share best practices, and collaborate on some of regional government’s hardest cultural, technical, and political challenges. You can learn more about Regional Digital Government Summit here.

Policy Ignite

Since 2017, Policy Ignite has been a fun favourite of the FWD50 conference. This unique format—20 slides in 5 minutes—lives by its tagline: “Entertain us, but keep it quick.” We’re working with the Policy Ignite team to bring the energy and excitement of Ignite to a virtual world. We’ll announce the Call for Proposals shortly, in case you want to take the virtual stage with a short, fascinating idea. More details to come!

Digital Nations | Nov. 4

In 2020 we are also partnering with the Digital Nations to run content within FWD50 during this gathering of the world’s digital leaders. You can learn more about the Digital Nations here.