Alistair Croll

Alistair Croll

Founder, Solve for Interesting

Alistair is the co-founder and chair of Fwd50. He helps to accelerate startups, and works with some of the world’s biggest companies on business model innovation. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded Coradiant; the Year One Labs accelerator; and a variety of other startups. A sought-after speaker, Alistair has also launched and chaired some of the world’s leading conferences on emerging technology, including Startupfest, Strata, Cloud Connect, and Pandemon.io.
Alistair is the author of four books on technology and entrepreneurship, including the best-selling Lean Analytics, which has been translated into eight languages and is in its tenth printing in China. A graduate of Dalhousie University, he is a visiting executive at Harvard Business School, where he teaches data science and critical thinking.

Day 3 opening remarks

Main stage

FWD50 chair Alistair Croll opens the third day of the conference with a look at what’s to come.

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Great debate: Government can’t innovate

Breakout stage 1

Change is hard. Many claim that when it comes to government, it’s downright impossible: More restrictions, fewer resources, and greater demands. But there are plenty of examples of government innovation to point to around the world. In this no-holds-barred Oxford-style debate, two teams take opposing sides to debate the statement: “Government can’t innovate.” It’s a […]

50 months: Government as platform
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The human impact of slow delivery

Main stage

When we don’t create platforms that can change fast, real humans suffer. This panel session offers concrete examples of the injustices and absurdities that occur when digital transformation can’t keep pace with the modern world, putting a human face on many of today’s most pressing problems.

50 days: Culture & process
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Forward 364—Putting what we’ve learned into action

Main stage

FWD50 founders Alistair Croll and Philippe Telio reflect on the inaugural FWD50, and look at what the coming year holds for digital government, before issuing some marching orders.

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Dies at the end

Main stage

The change agent always dies. So how do we make change happen? By recognizing the inevitability of our collective digital future. In this talk, Fwd50 founder Alistair Croll looks at the work we have ahead, and why, despite the risks, it is the challenge we must undertake.

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Moving to Digital Government

Main stage

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 […]

Workshops
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