20-21 NOVEMBER, 2014
Sydney, Australia

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


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

FWD 2014 will be held at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence in Redfern, Sydney, over two days – 20 and 21 November 2014

FWD 2014 will bring together 200 campaigners to share experiences and skills, explore the latest trends, and develop joint projects.

We’re delighted to announce our full program for 2014:

FWD 2014 Agenda
Wednesday 19th November
5pmEarly Registration
6:30pmWelcome CeremonyNational Centre for Indigenous Excellence & FWD
Thursday 20th November
7.30amArrivals & registration
9:30amPlenary: Official welcomeTim Norton & Bec Wilson (FWD)
10:00amPlenary: Digitising an iconJenna Lowenstein (Emily's List)
11:00amMorning tea
11.30amStories of changeMatt Blackwood
Malinda Wink (Good Pitch Australia)
Mele-Ane Havea (Dumbo Feather)
Rose Press (Right Now)
Mikey Leung (Digital Storytellers)
Nathan Elvery (Change.org)
New community management: maintaining the movementMatt Levinson (GetUp!)
Jane Garcia (EMC)
Kyle Behrend (Edgar's Mission)
Emily Schwarz (nationbuilder)
Technology combatting oppressionPriscilla Brice (All Together Now)
Renee Carr (Fair Agenda)
Copy Rights: how can we open up digital ownership?Trish Hepworth
Nic Suzor (Queensland University of Technology)
Science Club: Data, Testing and Experiment DesignMurray Bunton (Agency)
Nick Gaw (DNC)
12.45pmPlenary: Conversation Cafe
1.00pmLunch: Conversation Cafe
2.00pmPlenary: Diversity = capacityJen Perrone (NOI)
Sarah Berry (GetUp!)
Zoe Betar (IDX)
Millie Telford (AYCC)
3.00pmThe fourth estate dot comScott Bridges (University of Canb)
Alex McKinnon (Junkee)
Adam Brereton (Guardian Australia)
Rose Press (Right Now)
How Good is your Email? Measuring and benchmarking email outputAshley Hansen (Care2)
Kate Rayson (WWF)
Nationbuilder MasterclassFaramarz Sokhansanj (nationbuilder)
Make all the moneyClaire Snyder (Climate Council)
Jenna Lowenstein (Emily's List)
Nick Gaw (DNC)
Here's one we didn't prepare earlier: building a real live campaign part 1Murray Bunton and the team from Agency
4.00pmAfternoon tea
4.30pmPlenary: Election issues -Interwebs campaigning for political gainBec Wilson (AP)
Sam McLean (GetUp!)
Nick Gaw (DNC)
Usman Hamid (Change.org Indonesia)
Skye Laris (ALP)
Friday 21st November
9:30amWelcome Back
10.00amPlenary: Growthyness - rapid scaling of online movementsKaren Skinner (Change.org)
Blair Palese (350.org)
11.00amMorning tea
12.00pmDigital Careers that lastTim Norton (Save the Children)
Priscilla Brice (All Together Now)
David Paris (Australian Greens)
Bec Wilson (AP)
Emily Mulligan (Avaaz)
Privacy and why you should careBen Harris-Roxas
Nick Jaffe (Electron Workshop)
Leanne O'Donnell (iiNet)
List Acquisition: how to build the biggest listTBC
Here's one we didn't prepare earlier: building a real live campaign part 2Scott Sanders and the team from Agency.
Online to offline campaigningClaire O'Rourke (Solar Citizens)
2.00pmManaging the 24 hour cycleJames Clark (350.org)
Kate Rayson (WWF)
Conor Costello (Oxfam)
Emily Mulligan (Avaaz)
Online protection: real-life privacy toolsNick Jaffe (Electron Workshop)
IDX: Indigenous Digital ExcellenceGrant Young (NCIE)
Crowdfund all the things!Joanna Sleigh (Pozible)
Prashan Paramanathan (Chuffed)
Tom Dawkins (Start Some Good)
The new social: breaking ground with innovative uses of social mediaKelsey Cooke (GetUp!)
Shannan Dodson (Recognise)
John O'Callaghan (JOC Consulting)
Kathleen Zwiener (Amnesty)
3:30pmAfternoon tea
4.00pmPlenary: Care2 Impact AwardsTim Norton (FWD) & Ashley Hansen (Care2)
4:30pmPlenary: The campaigns of 2014
5:30pmFinishTim Norton & Bec Wilson (FWD)

A full list of our speakers can be found here.

Together, we’ll build new connections across the social sector and strengthen our burgeoning community of digital change-makers.

Find out more about our previous events – FWD 2012 and FWD 2013.

Apply to come to FWD 2014

Wishing I was at #fwd2013 about now. - @SenatorLudlam

Attending FWD

Places at FWD are strictly limited. To ensure that the right mix of campaigners, digital experts and online community organisers attend, registration is via simple application process.

To apply for a ticket to attend FWD, either for yourself or on behalf of your organisation, please complete the short application form below. There is a cap of 4 tickets per organisation and in most cases, each attendee must apply and be approved.

If your application to attend FWD is successful we will email you a unique link to the registration form, which you can use to purchase tickets. Places are not secured until your application is approved and tickets are paid for.

All tickets for FWD are $249 for non-profits or $349 for commercial firms.

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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 Impact Prize

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 $5,000 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 will be 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.

Click here to nominate your favourite campaign of the last two years.

The judges will shortlist finalists from the nominated campaigns based on the impact of the campaign and innovative use of digital technology.

Nominations are now open and close on 6 November 2014. Finalists will be announced on 9 November for a week of voting, with voting closing on 14 November. The winner will be announced at FWD 2014.

Click here to nominate your favourite campaign of the last two years.

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Superb day at #fwd2013. Brain food galore. Well done team @FWD_Digital. - @ReeceProudfoot



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