FailCon is an international movement, with conferences hosted in over a dozen countries. We meet to share our stories of failure and help one another more quickly recover and find success. But we can't help cultures start embracing failure without your help. We need you to bring the event to your community, to start the conversations and lead the change. Are you ready?

What Does A Host Do?

As a FailCon host and license partner, you will design and produce your own regional production of FailCon. Usually, a region is considered a country (with a few exceptions, like the U.S.A, Canada, and China, which are broken into regions.) Once you are an approved partner, you have a three year licensing contract with right of first refusal for future events in the region.

As a host, you are responsible for all costs associated with your production. But FailCon is a For-Profit venture, and as such you can keep all profits, sans our 15% licensing fee.

How Does FailCon Help Me Start?

A member of our founding team provides all of our hosts with event production advise throughout the process. We will also provide one hour of training to all of your speakers, reviewing their slides and suggesting feedback to ensure they have an interesting, relevant, and successful talk.

We also provide hosts with templates for all printed material (including badges, booklets, banners, and signs). We provide you with a website template along with website and ticket hosting in our network. We also have templates for sponsor pitches, invoices, speaker invitations and more.

How Do I Apply To Host FailCon?

Please prepare a slide presentation (.ppt, .pdf, or .keynote) answering the below questions (download a template here) and email it to Cass Phillipps:

  • Why are you interested in FailCon?
  • Why is your region ready for it?
  • Who is on your team and what is their experience?
  • Who could you invite to speak?
  • Who could you invite to sponsor?
  • Where and when would you host it?
  • Who is your target market and how would you reach them?
  • What are your estimated costs?

Failure is still a taboo topic all over the world, but we're working to change that one city at a time. If you're interested in hosting a FailCon in your city, email Cass Phillipps..

Who Are The Producers?

Cass Phillipps, Executive Producer

Cassandra has been a startup event producer for over five years, producing and managing conferences like FailCon, SF MusicTech Summit, Inside Social Apps, Unleashed Conference, and many more. She works with clients to insure each has a high-quality and profitable event, connecting them with the best partners, sponsors, and speakers for their topics. Cassandra has a B.A in Human Development from the University of Chicago.

Diane Loviglio, Producer

Diane is a User Experience Researcher, currently working at Mozilla, but she used to freelance for consumer, technology, healthcare and environmental startups in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to that she co-founded a startup, Wattbot, that isn't around anymore, so she's familiar with failure.

Heather McGough, Production Manager

Heather McGough is the founder of Urbanity Events. Her company specializes in startup conferences, speaker series' and launch parties in the Bay Area and beyond. Prior to moving to the startup industry, she spent seven years in the non-profit sector and continues to dedicate time to local and global causes. In her free time, Heather enjoys travel, the outdoors, playing basketball and is writing a detective fiction book about organized crime.