Use technology to make
society better for all.

Join us in Ottawa or online on November 1-3, 2022

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FWD50 is the annual gathering of the world’s leading public sector innovators. Since 2017, thousands of public servants, technologists, and civic innovators from around the world gather at FWD50 to answer one vital question: How do we use technology to make society better for all?

In 2020, we delivered a groundbreaking virtual event, and in 2021 we expanded to year-round workshops and welcomed over 30 countries to the annual conference. In 2022, we’re bringing what we’ve learned online to a safe in-person hybrid conference.

What’s coming in 2022?

While COVID has changed nearly every facet of work and learning, it’s also forced us to innovate. We have new ways of connecting and interacting, and we want to bring those to a hybrid community throughout the year. So we’re blending virtual learning, online workshops, and live events in our community platform with meetups and an in-person conference.

FWD50 at a glance

Year-round online content culminating in a 3-day conference.

654 speakers from government, academia, and technology since inception.

Thousands of participants from more than 40 countries.

Bi-weekly online content, monthly workshops, occasional book clubs.

A look back at last year

3000+ attendees descend on Canada’s Capital City every fall to talk about the future of digital and open government. Watch the 2021 recap, and join us for 2022 as we gather thousands in person and virtually from around the globe.


Our speakers

We've welcomed hundreds of the world's leading digital government experts to our stage. Here's the 2022 lineup.

Marina Nitze

New Practice Lab Fellow, New America

Mike Bracken

Partner, Public Digital

Maria Patterson

EIR & Director of New Ventures, LG Nova
Former Fellow, White House Presidential Innovation Fellows

David McRaney

Science Journalist

Irene Solaiman

Policy Director, Hugging Face

Navdeep Martin

Product Management Leader, Machine Learning Strategist

Sean Boots

Public Servant-in-Residence, Carleton University
Senior Policy Advisor, Canadian Digital Service

Julie Inman Grant

eSafety Commissioner, Australia

What people are saying

Something for everyone

Government executives

For modern leaders, technology is no longer an option. It’s the key to better services, more inclusive design, lower costs, and increased transparency.

But while tech can help government, it’s also fundamentally reshaping society. Technology isn’t just in service of policy—it is policy. Since 2020, we’ve delivered leadership content tailored to the unique challenges that government executives face.


AI. The Internet of Things. Big Data. Cloud Computing. Government is Big Tech for public good, and it’s your job to keep it running smoothly while replacing outdated infrastructure, listening at scale, and anticipating changes.

FWD50 has the deep-dive workshops, hard-won lessons, and diverse expert voices you need to shape the platforms on which governments will run in the future. Join our community to get involved year-round.


Modern society is a partnership between the public and private sector. To keep up with rapid, pervasive change, governments need the help of disruptors in industry.

FWD50 creates meaningful conversations between government and industry. Whether you want to attend, speak, or help support the event, this is the best way to connect with your public service counterparts and chart the course of digital government together.

Get involved

There are plenty of other ways to get involved with FWD50:

Our partners

We believe that a rising tide lifts all boats—and the conference wouldn’t be possible without the support of our partners. Some of the world’s leading tech companies help us put on FWD50.






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