Alistair Croll (Host, Keynote Track)

Co-founder & Chair

FWD50

Alistair makes early-stage companies improve their go-to-market strategies, and works with some of the world’s largest firms on business model innovation. He also helps governments understand the impact of technology on society, ethics, and resiliency.

As an entrepreneur, Alistair co-founded Coradiant; the Year One Labs accelerator; and a variety of other startups. He has also launched and chaired some of the world’s leading conferences on emerging technology, including Startupfest, Strata, Cloud Connect, FWD50, Bitnorth, and more.

Alistair is the author of four books on technology and entrepreneurship, including the best-selling Lean Analytics, which has been translated into eight languages and is in its tenth printing in China. He speaks internationally on topics such as data science, innovation, scaling startups, digital government, AI, and applying critical thinking to technology. A graduate of Dalhousie University, he has also been a visiting executive on data science and critical thinking at Harvard Business School.

Sessions

Welcome to FWD50!

02/11/2021 09.00 - 09.25

Keynote TrackChannel 1Presentation

Join your host – FWD50 Co-founder and Chair, Alistair Croll, as he sets the stage for the week to come!

Striking a balance

02/11/2021 09.25 - 09.45

Keynote TrackChannel 1Keynote

Technology is where policy becomes code. Digital government means embracing the best that the private sector has to offer—and then ensuring it addresses the needs of the margins, not just the profitable middle. Digital identity means delivering tailored services to individuals—while protecting their privacy and identity. Digital analytics means service usage and encouraging transparency and... read more

The global pandemic created an era of digital disruption that required the public sector to break down barriers and rapidly adopt digital approaches to delivering public services. Looking forward, the combined power of Cloud, Data, and Artificial Intelligence will continue to be key in shaping digitally transformed government. Join Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector... read more

What does the afternoon have in store?

02/11/2021 11.45 - 12.00

Keynote TrackChannel 1Presentation

Host Alistair Croll wraps up the morning’s keynotes and breaks down what you can expect for the afternoon.

Welcome back!

03/11/2021 09.00 - 09.25

Keynote TrackChannel 1Presentation

Join Alistair as he kicks off day 2 of FWD50!

Rethinking public infrastructure: Service delivery in the data age

03/11/2021 10.05 - 10.25

Keynote TrackChannel 1Fireside chat

Join Alistair Croll, co-founder of the FWD50 conference, for a fireside chat with Google Cloud OCTO Group’s Technical Director, Joel Minton, on Rethinking Public Infrastructure: Service Delivery in the Data Age. Minton will draw on his experience transforming traditional businesses, as well as his public sector experience founding Login.gov and building SSO for the US Federal government, to show... read more

What does the afternoon have in store?

03/11/2021 11.55 - 12.00

Keynote TrackChannel 1Presentation

Host Alistair Croll wraps up the morning’s keynotes and breaks down what you can expect for the afternoon.

Welcome back!

04/11/2021 09.00 - 09.25

Keynote TrackChannel 1Presentation

Join Alistair as he kicks off day 3 of FWD50!

Mindful tech: In conversation with Martha Lane Fox

04/11/2021 09.25 - 09.45

Keynote TrackChannel 1Fireside chat

A long view of responsibility, technology, and society.

FWD50’s Alistair Croll to discuss today’s industry hot topic, quantum computing, with IBM’s Katie Pizzolato. What is quantum computing? How is it being used, today? Why will it matter in the near future? And how can anyone learn to be an early adopter of this new technology?

What does the afternoon have in store?

04/11/2021 11.55 - 12.00

Keynote TrackChannel 1Presentation

Host Alistair Croll wraps up the morning’s keynotes and breaks down what you can expect for the afternoon.

Welcome back!

05/11/2021 10.00 - 10.15

Keynote TrackChannel 1Presentation

Join Alistair as he kicks off the final day of FWD50!

"The delicate art of bureaucracy" & digital transformation

05/11/2021 10.35 - 10.55

Keynote TrackChannel 1Fireside chat

Bureaucracy isn’t unique to government. You’ll find it in every organization that has grown past a certain size. Some sectors have woven themselves more deeply into a bureaucratic web (older ones, typically) and some are just now figuring out how to do so. Bureaucracy is virtually required by many compliance frameworks, which insist on documented, enforced, auditable rules and signoffs by authorities.

But... read more

Where are we headed? A conversation with Gideon Lichfield

05/11/2021 11.25 - 11.55

Keynote TrackChannel 1Keynote

If you feel tech innovation is overwhelming, you’re not alone. Before the pandemic, we were already racing towards possible futures in AI, cryptography, drones, chatbots, genetic editing, and more. A year or more of remote working, global economic disruption, and medical crisis have accelerated some of these changes and given a new spin to others.

Gideon Lichfield is the Global Editorial... read more

What does the afternoon have in store?

05/11/2021 11.55 - 12.00

Keynote TrackChannel 1Presentation

Host Alistair Croll wraps up the morning’s keynotes and breaks down what you can expect for the afternoon.

G-Factor: The FWD50 Policy Pitch Competition

05/11/2021 13.20 - 15.30

Interactive TrackChannel 1Interactive session

Ever wish there was a competition for great ideas? Like Shark Tank or Dragon’s Den or The Voice, but for the best public service innovations? Governments around the world have policies on everything from how they test ideas, to how they collect feedback, to how they run meetings. But these ideas are often not shared across countries or jurisdictions, despite strong data-backed evidence that... read more

That's a wrap!

05/11/2021 16.00 - 16.10

Keynote TrackChannel 1Presentation

That’s it for FWD50 2021! Join us as we celebrate the wrap party!

FWD50 Extras: Technology Crash Course

28/04/2022 10.00 - 11.30

Pre-conference WorkshopOnlineWorkshop

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 stack—and its consequences on government and society—is vital for everyone in the public service. But many of us are caught up in the next new tool... read more