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!

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!

What does the afternoon have in store?

03/11/2021 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!

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!

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.

There’s nobody coming, it’s up to us

05/11/2021 13.20 - 15.30

Interactive TrackChannel 1Interactive session

Jen Pahlka was right: better government comes down to us coming together and getting things done, starting from this conference, and continuing to work together from this point onwards, and bringing many others with us.

That’s why FWD50 is pleased to have an inaugural Service Delivery Transformation track this year, hosted by Service Canada. This year, we intend to do more than share case... 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

20/01/2022 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