19-20 November, 2015
Melbourne, Australia

The community event for Australia's campaigners and digital experts.

What is FWD

FWD is Australia’s premier conference run by and for digital campaigners.

FWD 2015 will be at the Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, 19 & 20 November 2015

We will bring together 200 campaigners  and technologists to share experiences and skills, explore the latest trends, and develop joint projects.

Want to know more about what happens at a FWD? You can find out about our previous events: FWD 2014, FWD 2013 and FWD 2012.

Places go quickly every year – so make sure to apply and buy your ticket now!

Apply to come to FWD 2015

“YOU DON’T HAVE ONLINE AND OFFLINE ACTIVISTS, THEY REALLY ARE THE SAME PEOPLE MOVING THROUGH THE ENGAGEMENT LADDER.”
@EDCOPER #FWD2012

Announcing our first speakers!

We’re pleased to announce the first of many amazing speakers who will be joining us for FWD 2015!

Alicia Garza

Co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter organising project.
Alicia will reflect on the digital campaigning and grassroots organising driving the movement combatting anti-Black state sanctioned violence in the United States. Garza is also the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women.

Jim Gilliam

Founder and CEO of NationBuilder.
Jim is the author of The Internet is My Religion, which chronicles the years leading up to his founding of NationBuilder, from his Christian fundamentalist upbringing, through his experience on the frontlines of the internet revolution, to his being saved—literally—by people connected through the internet.

Gautam Raju

Technology & Innovation Lead at Oxfam International.
Gautam’s work focusses on using technology to engage citizens across social development and political issues by using a combination of mobile, social media and offline mediums. He’ll join us to talk about Oxfam’s new global digital activism platform and the trials and tribulations of synchronising 17 organisations in 94 countries into one digital voice.

Plus many more speakers soon to be announced!

Really enjoyed #FWD2014. Sad that it’s over. Looking forward to next year’s conference. - @roselinarose

Apply

Tickets to FWD go quickly, so get your application in now!

Not-for-profit tickets $249

For-profit tickets $349

"HOW TO KEEP PEOPLE ENGAGED BETWEEN CAMPAIGNS - TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, BUILD KEY LEADERS, REGULAR ASKS AND EVENTS... #ONLINEOFFLINE #FWD2014" - @CONORTWYFORD

Care2 Impact Awards

The Care2 Impact Awards celebrate innovation, impact and leadership in digital fundraising and/or advocacy campaigns from the not-for-profit sector.

Care2 is social action network that empowers millions of people to lead a healthy, sustainable lifestyle and support socially responsible causes. As well sponsoring FWD, Care 2 have generously donated a cash prize as a donation to the organisation responsible for the most innovative and effective campaign. The Care2 Impact prize in Australia builds on the European prize announced in March 2014 at the E-Campaigning Forum.

Campaigns are peer-nominated and shortlisted by an expert judges. The winner is selected from the shortlist by open voting from across the non-profit sector.

Campaigns that are primarily digital advocacy and/or fundraising campaigns run by Australian not-for-profit organisations within the last two years are eligible.

The winner of the FWD2014 Care2 Impact Award was:

 

Raising The Roof   Chuffed   Non profit charity and social enterprise fundraisingRaising the Roof
Edgar’s Mission

Edgar’s Mission has long provided a special somewhere for literally thousands of farmed animals in need. But of late, that somewhere begun to get a little crowded and with a big move imminent, they needed to raise the funds for new infrastructure at a new home.

The campaign used the Chuffed crowdfunding platform to support individual components of the sanctuary. Adorable social media was instrumental in elevating public awareness of the drive, and the addition of video footage & professional photography garnered further interest.

Achieving the campaign target of $50,000 in just three days, Edgar’s Mission gratefully involved its Facebook community in the success and promoted a new stretch target. Ultimately, the campaign raised $162,458. The campaign demonstrated that crowdfunding is a viable and effective tool for nonprofits to employ.

https://www.chuffed.org/project/raising-the-roof

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