A focus on culture and transformation at FWD50 2019

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One of the most striking and consistent pieces of feedback from our 2019 content survey was this: We’ve drunk the Kool-Aid.

Many people tasked with IT transformation are already true believers. They want to know how to manage digital innovation, and what to avoid to maximize success. And while technology training is useful, digital transformation is more than tools — it’s people. Culture, not tech, is the real challenge.

That’s why we’ve adjusted FWD50 to this new reality, and packed the lineup with content on culture and transformation. For starters, our breakout tracks this year are divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced content, so you can self-select the level of expertise you’ll find most useful.

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But beyond structural changes, there’s lots to learn:

Tuesday, November 5
This is our workshop day, open to anyone with a Conference + Workshop pass. It’s a chance to spend several hours on culture and transformation — or sample some of the 30-minute Fastforward talks.

Wednesday, November 6
We start the first day of the general conference with keynote talks on the art of the possible, the technology trust crisisprototyping future democracy, and even the use of Science Fiction to envision possible futures. Then it’s time for breakouts:

  • The City of Ottawa will be talking about its innovation blueprint and how the municipality is bringing new services to bear for citizens.
  • The team from AdaptiveOrg — a returning favorite for FWD50 — is running a workshop on agility that incorporates gameplay and learning.
  • Industry innovation talks from Bell and the Bank of Canada, as well as a panel of case studies from around the world chaired by David Eaves, go behind the scenes of digital transformation.

Thursday, November 7
The final day of FWD50 is also full of content on culture and transformation.

We have some other talks we’ll be announcing in the coming days, but what’s clear is that transformation takes more than tech — and we’ve filled the workshops, breakouts, and keynote talks with inspiration and practical lessons on digital transformation. If you haven’t already, grab your ticket on the FWD50 website.