Use technology to make
society better for all.

That's a wrap for FWD50 2022!

Watch the 2022 recordings on demand

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 brought what we learned online to host a safe in-person hybrid conference.

What happened in 2022?

While Covid-19 has changed nearly every facet of work and learning, it also forced us to innovate. In 2022 we blended virtual learning and in-person interactions to host our first ever hybrid event. Civic innovators from Canada and around the world joined us in Ottawa–and online–for FWD50 2022. We pushed the limits of conferences and showed the world how we can come together to create a better society for all.

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 2022

2500+ attendees gather in Canada’s Capital City and online every fall to talk about the future of digital government. Watch the 2022 recap of the first truly Hybrid event!

Our speakers

We've welcomed hundreds of the world's leading digital government experts to our stage, and this year was no different. Check out some of our speakers.

The Honourable Mona Fortier

President, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS)

Mike Bracken

Partner, Public Digital

Marina Nitze

New Practice Lab Fellow, New America

Gulsanna Mamediieva

Director General of the Directorate for European Integration, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

David McRaney

Science Journalist

Catherine Luelo

Chief Information Officer, Canada
Deputy Minister, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS)

David Lopez Almirol Jr.

Undersecretary for E-Government of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Philippines

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 2022.






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