Discover FWD50

FWD50 is more than an event—we’re a community. We run a variety of online and in-person events throughout the year, many of them absolutely free. Here’s how to sign up for the next one, or watch something you missed.

Annual conference

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Our flagship event happens in-person in Ottawa, and online around the world. There are a variety of ways you can participate; if you need help convincing your manager, check out our reasons you should attend:

Our community platform

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All our content is available, absolutely free, on our community platform, Access FWD50. This includes talks from past FWD50 conferences, which we’ve captioned in French and English.

FWD50 Extras

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We run online workshops, meetups, debates, and interviews with world-renowned experts on policy and technology. These are livestreamed, and available to watch afterwards on Access.

Book Club

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Charlie Munger once said, “Humans have been writing down their best ideas for 5,000 years. Read them.” That’s why we run our online book club series featuring some of the best stories of digital government innovation worldwide. Each session is a candid conversation with the author and an audience Q&A.


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Our YouTube channel contains a series of interviews and conversations with notable public servants, policy-makers and technologists in digital government worldwide.

Industry Innovations


Industry Innovations is a series of talks with private sector executives. We look at technology trends, public-private co-operation, and the platforms and tools government relies on to deliver services at scale.

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