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Fail Faire DC 2011 – a celebration of failure

By Wayan Vota on September 21, 2011

Fail Faire DC 2011 is a celebration of failure as a mark of innovation and risk-taking. We will have great speakers with fun, fast, Ignite-style presentations of their professional failures. Audience participation is not only encouraged, it is mandatory! We are all peers and none of us is perfect. Expect much laughter as we navel-gaze at where we have all gone wrong in ICT and international development.

Yet we will LEARN from failure. Failure is no reason to be ashamed. Failure shows leadership, innovation, and risk-taking in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in scaling ideas from pilots to global programs. There is great value in examining our mistakes as we go beyond the easy and the simple. So while we encourage irreverence and humor, we will be improving our profession too.

Fail Faire DC 2011 will happen on October 13th at the World Bank. The event is sold out already (in 5 hours!) and there is only one way in now – present.

Fail Faire DC 2011 is brought to you by theWorld Bank, Development Gateway, Inveneo, and Jhpiego.

Fail Faire DC 2011 Sponsors


  • 6:00pm: Welcome and drinks
  • 6:30pm: #FAIL-Slam
  • 7:30pm: Open Discussion
  • 8:00pm: Mingling, learning, networking, more drinks

Featured Speakers (so far)

  • Dr. Tessie San Martin, CEO, Plan International USA
  • Ian Schuler, Internet Freedom Programs, U.S. Department of State
  • Erin Mote, Chief of Party, USAID Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance
  • Andrea Bosch, ICT Advisor and Chief of Party, TILO Egypt, Creative Associates
  • Dr. Harshad Sanghvi, Vice President of Innovations & Medical Director, Jhpiego
  • Kristin Peterson, CEO & Co-founder, Inveneo
  • The World Bank on their 70% ICT4D failure rate
  • Grameen Foundation
  • Development Gateway
  • You? Apply today!

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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