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[liberationtech] It's that time of year again - talkin' 'bout our tech4socialchange #fails at FailFaire NYC

Katrin Verclas katrin at
Mon Nov 7 10:56:49 PST 2011

Hi all -- see the announcement below. We are looking for one more JUICY #fail in tech-for-social-change for our line-up in NYC.  Full announcement following!


FAILfaire is returning to New York City on December 14th! 

Presented by and hosted by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the fourth FAILfaire will be an evening dedicated to those tech and mobile projects that were designed to have a social impact but instead crashed, burned, and FAILED.  

If you do not know about Failfaire, here is some background: Launched in early 2010, there have now been three FAILfaires, events designed to provide a platform for those working in online and mobile technology for social change to openly, honestly (and humorously) discuss our own failures. 

As noted in a New York Times’ piece on FAILfaire, “Technology’s potential to bring about social good is widely extolled, but its failures, until now, have rarely been discussed by nonprofits who deploy it.” Well, FAILfaire is changing that, and is doing so in style. The format is informal, the discussions are rich, and the refreshments are adult and, well, refreshing. wrote that FailFaire “...[isn’t] about celebrating failure just for the sake of failure, but about taking lessons from each mistake and using them to create more efficient, economical, and accessible projects that could have a greater effect on a community.” We couldn’t agree more!

To join us, please RSVP here, as the event will fill up quickly.

If you like to be considered as a presenter for the next FAILfaire, go to and submit a note about your failed project and what we can learn from it.  

More information can be found at or on Twitter at @failfaire / #failfaire



Katrin Verclas
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