News, Insights and Stories from the Australian and New Zealand tech ecosystem.

FailCon returns in conjunction with Vivid Sydney: Superstar list of Speakers

After a hugely successful launch at the Vivid Sydney Ideas Exchange in 2012, FailCon the one-day event consisting of presentations and panel discussions is back on Thursday 30 May 2013at the Vivid Ideas Exchange Forum, Level 6, MCA, 9am – 5pm. Adding an exciting element this year, the event’s activities will be illustrated live, by renowned scribe Steve Keast from BOOM! Creative Communications.

Earmarked as one of the festival’s most anticipated events by Vivid Ideas FestivalDirector, Jess Scully, this year FailCon Sydney has expanded its demographic to benefit a diverse array of industries.

“One of our biggest challenges in Australian creative industries is finding support for those daring individuals who take risks: we have to be prepared to face the possibility of failure, before we can enter uncharted territory – that place where game-changing, transformative thinking and disruptive innovative is born,” stated Ms Scully.

“FailCon celebrates the risk takers and allows us all to learn from their journeys. We’re thrilled to be able to share the conference with our audience again in 2013,” she said.

FailCon Sydney is proud to announce the outstanding talents of its 2013 speakers as follows: Champion Surfer and Founder Director, Layne Beachley; Comedian, Media Personality and Producer, Dan Ilic; Futurist, Tim Longhurst; Broadcaster, City of Sydney Councillor, Angela Vithoulkas; CEO and Social Media Columnist, Mark Cameron; Engineering Director, Google Aust and NZ, Alan Noble; Owner and MD of The Bitton Group, David Bitton; Social Entrepreneur, Avis Mullhal; Founder and Director, PLAY Communication, Johannes Weissenbaeck; Executive Director, 333 Management, Mick Calder; Social Entrepreneur, Lizza Gebilagin; Writer and Editor, MAXIM Magazine Australia, Dan Steiner and Youth Engagement Coordinator, Nic Newling, with further speakers to be announced.

The FailCon brand was born in San Francisco in 2009 and has since developed a global presence as a one-day event series spanning several countries including France, Germany, India, Norway, Singapore, Spain, and Australia – here licensed by 6.2 | An Innovation Lab and produced by Josh Stinton.

“I am thrilled about the growth of the event in Australia, and how people are widely embracing the topic”, enthused Mr Stinton.

“FailCon Sydney has become the meeting place for the community to discuss the intersection between success and failure openly, and I’m so excited to observe this year’s audience inspired by and learning from tales of transformation,” he said.

Tickets are $99 through the Vivid Sydney website now. For further information, log onto Twitter @FailConSydney

Startup Daily