Anyone can host an event during Forward Fest, as long as the event:
Is open and inclusive
Cross-promotes the Festival and other events
Is related to entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity
The first step to hosting an event is filling out the event form on the website. Once you’ve submitted, we’ll follow up and let you know of any questions.
You can choose any venue that you like in the greater Madison area; there are no required or “central” venues during the Festival. We find that events near downtown Madison often get more attendees than those farther away, but it’s totally up to you. Let us know if you need suggestions!
This year, many events will be virtual, and we can help you figure that out. Please contact us with questions.
The Forward Fest team is here to answer any questions you have and help you with anything you need! Our goal is to make this a smooth event for you and your attendees. We maintain the ForwardFest.org website, handle the Forward Pass ticketing, and can help set up your registration page, if you like. We will provide you with social media tools and guidelines to help you promote your event, and do some promotion to our email lists and social media followers. If there’s anything you need, just ask!
The Forward Pass allows access to a large percentage of Forward Festival events. As an event organizer, you can decide if you would like to participate in the Forward Pass or not.
When someone buys a Forward Pass, they'll get access to most events plus the Forward Fest app and web platform. Please let us know if you have limited capacity, so we can be sure that Forward Pass holders know your event is first come, first served for them.
You do not need to pay a fee to be part of the Forward Festival. You are welcome to host an event, as long as you follow the guidelines outlined in this FAQ.
You can sell tickets, solicit sponsorships, or ask for in-kind donations to fund your event. The Festival will recognize any sponsors that give more than $2,500 across all events (including in-kind donations, such as event space), which will get their names on signs at the Festival's 50+ events.
In order to do that, we ask that you please let us know of any event sponsors who commit to supporting your event.
There will be some attendees who find your event from the Forward Fest website, app, and other promotions, or through your listing with the Forward Pass. However, because the calendar is so busy, you should plan to get the majority of your attendees through your own network and promotions. Remember that your event can be any size you like - in fact, some of the most effective events are smaller in scale.
Forward Festive-ale is beer brewed specifically for Forward Fest by a local brewery. You can order this beer in kegs of various sizes on the event form, and serve it at your event. An invoice will be handled through your event venue, or sent directly to the person you indicate on the event form. Please be sure you are following the alcohol service policies of your event venue, which may mean having your caterer order the beer directly. We can help if you have questions.
Still have questions?
We'd love to help!
Stay tuned for more information and important dates on Forward Festival 2021. For questions, please contact email@example.com.
Please fill out the form below if you would like to host an event during Forward Festival, August 2021.
Your responses will be used to populate the event listings here on the website, as well as in other promotional materials. You will be contacted by a member of the Forward Fest planning committee after your form is submitted if we have any questions.
Event organizer meetings will be held at dates TBD in 2021.
Don't have answers yet? No problem! Fill out what you have, and add more details later. Any questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Follow these easy steps:
1. Register for your free Forward Pass here, or buy a "Friend of the Fest" ticket to support the Festival
2. Look for an email inviting you to download the free Forward Fest mobile app or access the web app (using the email you registered with)
3. Enjoy your new access to the app, where you can build your agenda, watch live and recorded sessions, connect with other FF attendees, personalize your profile, and more.
If you already have your Forward Pass click here to download the mobile app or log into the web app (with your registered email address).
Most events will be live streamed on the Forward Fest web or mobile app. When you are in the app, simply tap on the "Join Live Stream" button (which appears 15 minutes before the session start time) to instantly launch the live stream on your mobile device or desktop computer. Click here to read more.
If you see an event on the app that says "Separate registration required", or you don't have your Forward Pass yet and instead individually registered for events, you will receive an email from the event organizer with your virtual link. Please check your spam folder in the days leading up to the event if you do not get the link.
This year, most networking will be done virtually. We encourage everyone to get a Forward Pass so you can network with other attendees on our mobile app.
Once you download the FF app (instructions sent after you register for your pass) you can tap the "Attendees" icon to see everyone else who has registered. You can scroll through the list and tap on their name to read more. If they have not yet downloaded the app, the "Contact" button will appear. If they have the app, you'll see the "Add" button. Tap either option to connect with them and they will receive a notification that you want to connect. After they accept you can view their contact info, chat privately, set up meetings, and more. Click here to read more.