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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?

FWD50 at a glance

Year-round online content culminating in a 4-day conference.

100+ speakers from government, academia, and technology.

Thousands of participants from all over the world.

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

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What people are saying


The 2021 faculty featured the world's leading public servants, tech innovators and academics. Attendees have access to dozens of recorded keynotes, workshops, and breakouts. Contact us if you'd like access to the recordings.

Martha Lane Fox


Janet Haven

Executive Director
Data & Society Research Institute

Danielle Krettek Cobb

Google Empathy Lab

Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang

Digital Minister

Sue Gardner

Founder & CEO
Tiny Ventures

Michael Nelson

Senior Fellow
Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Afua Bruce

Afua Bruce

Chief Program Officer

Joy Bonaguro

Statewide Chief Data Officer
State of California

Kristo Vaher

Kristo Vaher

Chief Technology Officer
Republic of Estonia

Pooja Munshi

Head of Web
UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Carolyn Porco

Visiting Scholar
UC Berkeley, California

Laure Lucchesi

Director of Etalab
Direction Interministérielle du Numérique (French Government)

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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.