Phone How did you hear about FWD50? * What's this about? * Please explain your issue and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. * FWD50 CFP
Thanks so much for your interest in speaking at FWD50! The Call for Proposals for our annual FWD50 2021 fall conference is now closed—but we produce amazing Public Sector innovation content year-round, including our
FWD50 Extras and FWDThinking episodes. If you have an idea that deserves to be shared with our global civic tech and digital government audience, let’s talk! Propose a talk
Before you propose a talk, please read this carefully:
FWD50 isn't a typical conference.
We expect every talk to be nonpartisan, and not a sales pitch.
We work closely with you to ensure that your content is useful and well-prepared, and that you’re practiced and easy to understand. (Seriously, in 2020 we spent over 40 hours training speakers and iterating on content.)
You can suggest yourself, or someone else, to deliver a talk. We’re specifically looking for workshops, deep-dive sessions, and content for candid conversations about digital transformation. For topical inspiration,
read the results of our annual government survey.
The FWDThinking episodes—we generally share on YouTube—last a total of about 45 minutes, or 90 minutes for a FWD50 Extras workshop.
Consent * If selected to speak, I acknowledge that it's my responsibility to ensure that I have the right to use all my content. If my content includes an image with a Creative Commons license, for example, I need to attribute it on the slide according to the Creative Commons term of use. Consent * I've read and agree to these terms. You (the proposer) How do you know the speaker? *
If you're proposing yourself, just write "myself" here.
The speaker Speaker name *
Speaker organization * Speaker job title * Speaker email *
Speaker LinkedIn *
Speaker Twitter *
Their topic Tell us about the speaker's expertise *
What does the speaker do? What are they known for? What awards or distinctions have they received? What's their recent work, and why are you proposing them as a speaker?
What would the title of their talk be? *
How would you describe their talk in 5-8 simple words the audience would understand and find interesting?
Describe the talk in more detail *
In 3-5 paragraphs, outline what the talk will cover. Explain who should attend, what they'll learn, and any knowledge or experience they should have beforehand.
Anything else we should know? * Thanks!
We will follow up with you if your proposal is shortlisted. Thanks for your interest in FWD50.
Sponsor the event
Thanks for considering helping us to put on FWD50. We don’t receive any government grants, so we depend entirely on ticket sales and sponsorship. This lets us remain independent and transparent—but it also means we need the support of like-minded organizations from the private sector who know that a rising digital tide lifts all boats, and recognize the need for great conversations around digital policy in the modern era.
One other note: FWD50 is a content-focused event. There’s no “expo hall” at the event; some sponsorships include a speaking or interview opportunity within the lineup, so we work closely with sponsors to ensure that the content is valuable and fits within the goals and topics of the conference.
Sponsor organization *
What's the name of your organization?
Sponsor URL *
What website should we visit to learn about you?
Sponsor phone number
What number can we reach you at?
What kind of sponsorship are you interested in? * What content would you like to cover?
You don't have to decide now, but it would help to know what topics, departments, technologies and challenges you're interested in speaking about.
Anything else you'd like us to know about your sponsorship? Partner with us
FWD50 is a “big tent” event—we want many voices involved. We believe strongly in the idea of “more wood behind fewer arrows,” rather than splintering the digital government conversation.
Each year, we bring together like-minded organizations from Canada and around the world. We’ve worked with organizations including DPI, Policy Ignite, Code for Canada, and others to include them in the lineup, giving them a voice, and access to our faculty. Let us know about you and how you’d like to coordinate with us.
Partner organization *
What organization do you represent?
Partner URL *
What site can we visit to learn more about you?
Partner phone number
What number can we reach you at?
What kind of organization are you? * How would you like to contribute to the event? * How can we help you in return? * Volunteer at the conference
Thanks for offering to help out! Volunteering is a great way to attend the event and work side-by-side with our international faculty.
In keeping with our accessibility goals, we prefer volunteers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend: Students, academics, and so on.
If you’re a volunteer, we expect you to dedicate at least eight (8) hours of your time onsite.
Which of these are you? * Buy group tickets
We offer deep discounts for groups of 5 or more.
FWD50 executive track tickets are a great way to give your senior teams the knowledge they need to succeed. And general conference tickets equip your whole organization with tools and concrete examples. FWD50 is classified as a training event for most government employees.
If you want to purchase tickets for a group or department, please let us know here below and we'll get back to you shortly.
How many tickets do you need? * Is this for a government department? *
Is the organization buying these tickets part of a federal, state, provincial, or municipal government?
What government department do you work with? * What jurisdiction are you in? * What else should we know about your group? Help promote the event
Thanks for offering to help get the word out about FWD50. There are many ways you can make sure as many people as possible know about the event.
Do you have contacts in media? * Can you spread the world on social platforms? * Is there an organization you think we should partner with? * Any other ideas about promoting the event? We'll be in touch soon! Cover the event as media
We’re thrilled at the number of media organizations that want to cover the conference. We offer free access to accredited members of the press, provided that you cover the conference in an approved publication, online or off, within five (5) days of the event taking place.
We take your coverage plans into account when granting media passes. Social media, photo compilations, and articles not related to digital government are not considered press coverage. We generally grant one media pass per news outlet.
What media outlet do you create content for? * Give us three examples
What are 3 examples of articles, posts, videos or podcasts you've published in the past six months?
Coverage example 1 Coverage example 2 Coverage example 3 Letter from your editor or producer
If you don’t have past articles, can you provide us with a letter from your assigning editor or producer, on company letterhead, outlining the coverage you intend to produce?
Please upload the letter What topics do you intend to cover at the event? * Are there any speakers you'd like to interview beforehand? * What else should we know about your media coverage? * Something else
Got a request that doesn’t quite fit one of the above categories? Let us know how we can help.
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