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The world's leading gathering of digital government innovators will return November 6-8, 2023, in-person from Ottawa and online everywhere.


A look back at 2022

We'll be announcing more details about the conference in the coming weeks. To get updates, follow us on social media or sign up for our mailing list, which is packed with free content, interviews with digital pioneers, and community news.

In the meantime, here's a glimpse of what 2022 was like.


Get involved

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

What people are saying

Since 2017, thousands of public servants, technologists, and civic innovators from around the world gather at FWD50. In 2020, we pioneered new ways to bring people together online, welcoming dozens more countries to our community. In 2022, we returned to in-person gatherings with a hybrid conference.

FWD50 at a glance

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 Government is Big Tech for public good, and it’s your job to keep it running smoothly while replacing outdated infrastructure, listening at scale, and anticipating changes.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.

Latest updates

We interview authors and public servants from around the world, publish thought-provoking ideas around some of our core themes, and conduct and share research in regular updates. Here are just a few of the things we've been writing and discussing.

2022 speakers

We've welcomed hundreds of the world's leading digital government experts to our stage, and this year was no exception. Here are just a few of last year's faculty.

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

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