Les Ateliers

La première journée de FWD50 est consacrée à des ateliers approfondis qui mettent l’emphase sur des éléments critiques du gouvernement numérique.
*Ce contenu est strictement offert en anglais.

Moving to Digital Government

With: Alistair Croll, Kent Aitken, Gabe Sawhney, Siim Sikkut, Pia Waugh, Dr. Amanda Clarke, James Stewart
Location: Main stage
Full Day: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Description: If code is law, then government is a computer. As a result, there are few industries more likely to be fundamentally disrupted by the digital revolution than government. In this all-day workshop, FWD50 founder and Harvard Lecturer Alistair Croll and New Zealand’s Government Service Integration Lead Pia Waugh lead a packed lineup of experts considering every facet of digital transformation.

In addition to Alistair and Pia, presenters include:

  • Paula Kwan, Director of Civic Innovation Office for the City of Toronto
  • Ramy Nassar, Quarry
  • Siim Sikkut, Government CIO of Estonia
  • Meghan Hellstern and Gabe Sawhney, Code for Canada
  • Kent Aitken, Public Policy Forum
  • Amanda Clarke, policy analyst and professor at Carleton

 We’ll tackle existing biases and preconceived notions: What norms do people carry subconsciously? What antiquated or unnecessary prejudices people bring to new technology? How does digital government embrace being a resilient node in the network? How does it find new ways to work with people? And above all, in what new ways does it need to work with people in order to succeed?

Over the course of the day, we’ll cover a wide range of topics:

  • Design thinking, analytics, and data-driven innovation
  • Accessibility, security, digital identity
  • The cultural and procedural changes needed for government to survive, adapt, and thrive
  • The nature of civic innovation
  • Co-operation between municipal, provincial, and federal governments, and between public and private sectors.

Participants will get a sense of what digital government is, where it’s headed, and what the pitfalls and opportunities are. We’ll learn what works in digital leaders such as New Zealand and Estonia, and tackle critical topics such as digital inclusion, design thinking, and analytics. This workshop is designed to prepare public sector workers for the coming move to digital government. 

Becoming Agile & turning “how” into “why”

With: Daniel J. Murphy
Location: Breakout stage 1
Half Day: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Description: When IT was precious and expensive, we designed things through detailed specifications, and took years to build and deploy them. This paradigm won’t stand; Waterfall methodologies and multi-year delivery lead to overbuilt services and products that are obsolete the day they’re launched. Startups today rely on incremental change, agile development, Lean Startup approaches, and more. But how can we apply these lessons to government services constrained by regulation and averse to risk? Daniel Murphy and Lawrence Cooper (AdaptiveOrg Inc.) lead a half-day workshop, urging government technologists to stop asking “how” they can build a thing, and to spend more time defining “why.” As Ash Maurya says, “love the problem, not your solution”—and after attending this workshop, you’ll be armed with the skills and context to deliver services that meet user needs better, faster, and more affordably.


Being a better buyer, and a better seller

With: Andre Leduc
Location: Breakout stage 3
Half Day: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Description: Description: What can vendors do to work better with the government? And how can the government change the ways it procures so the best solution gets into the hands of citizens quickly? These questions are the elephant in the room of many IT projects—and this workshop looks at how to address them. In a unique format combining the private and public sector, we’ll examine changes to procurement and procedure, the balance between DIY and off-the-shelf solutions, and how to ensure the right product or service bets built without creating expensive one-time services that can’t be maintained or scaled.

Questions our presenters will respond to:

1. How can government be a better buyer?
2. How can the private sector be a better seller / provider?
3. What new processes (open/agile procurement, bidding on problems rather than licenses) exist?
4. How does on-demand (clouds) change procurement?
5. Why shouldn’t Government treat SaaS the way they treat battleships?
6.What are the major barriers to suppliers preventing them from selling to the government?
7. How do we make procurement about the best solution that will be supported for a long time, while not excluding smaller players?
8. How do we focus procurement on providing a needed solution to deliver a service, rather than buying technology?
9. When does government build things that compete with the private sector? (Parking apps, tax filing tools) How does this affect the public/private sector dynamic?
10. What are some of the best practices that exist in other large public sector organizations?

Participants will get a sense of what current roadblocks to federal procurement exist, where procurement is headed (e.g. Agile), and what sore points continue to hinder both the buyers and sellers. Speakers will provide examples of new tools and procurement procedures, best practices in other public sectors and will explore how to develop procurements where both SMEs and multinational corporations can compete in fair, open and transparent processes. 


Data Science in Government: Promises and Pitfalls

Location: Breakout stage 2
Half Day: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Description: There’s no avoiding it: data science is a big part of the future of government. There’s a lot to be gained. But that doesn’t mean the transition will be easy or without tradeoffs. This half-day workshop provides a critical introduction to data science and examines the promises of and challenges to adopting data science and data-informed decision making in government.
Panel 1: Using data science to set priorities
Panel 2: Using data science to improve efficiency
Panel 3: Open data, analysis, and transparency


Government and Artificial Intelligence

Location: Breakout stage 2
Half Day: 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Description: Whether you call it machine learning, automation, or artificial intelligence, it’s impossible to ignore the impact that machine-generated software is going to alter every aspect of society. Some say AI is a demon, here to destroy ethics and jobs; other see it as a panacea, ready to save us from ourselves. The reality is more nuanced, and that the future is a form of computer-in-the-loop humanity, augmenting us all. But with that prediction come important questions. How do we fight bias in training data, to make sure machines don’t amplify our worst instincts? How do we ensure augmentation is available to all? How do we test and experiment responsibly? Where is AI most useful—and where should we avoid it? In this half-day workshop led by Element.ai, we’ll explore how this transformational technology will change us all, and what we can do to get ready for it.


Moving from Technologist to a Digital Enabler: Daring, Dreaming, Doing

With: Ryan Androsoff
Location: Breakout stage 1
Half Day: 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Description: Facilitated by Ryan Androsoff, an international expert on digital government and a passionate advocate for the increased and effective use of social media, collaborative technologies, and open data in the public sector, our panel will showcase Digital Leaders from public and private sectors, academia and the privacy domain who will come together to share what’s on their Digital Horizon and how they are preparing to lead; whether it be through developing the necessary skills within their teams, by empowering their people, or by implementing concrete initiatives. Following Q&A time with the audience, a foresight and knowledge organization within the federal public service, will share their fwd 50 months digital projections and facilitate breakout sessions with delegates towards identifying digital opportunities in a rapidly changing and complex world. Delegates will walk away with a new lens focused on identifying digital breakthrough opportunities and identifying what concrete actions could be taken to move us along that path to being digital enablers.


Application Migration – Lift – Shift – Drop It Off a Cliff

With: Chrystina Chudczak, Steven Woodward, CCSK, CFPS, CSQA
Location: Breakout stage 3
Half Day: 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Description: Demands that governments become more agile, responsive, and digital rely on an underlying infrastructure that’s up to the task. With the recent adoption of cloud computing models, we finally have the platform needed for these changes. In this half-day workshop, Steven Woodward leads attendees through the challenges of cloud migration, with hard questions about costs, timeframes, and risks. From testing to architecture, platform selection to risk assessment, this is an essential background on the move to on-demand computing that will be the basis of digital government for coming decades.