By Sam Elliott
For its third annual FailFest event, Launch Fishers is partnering with Fishers High School to make the day bigger and better for attendees.
“This year’s installment is actually a huge departure from what we’ve done in the past,” Launch Fishers Event Manager Rachel Spudic said. “Historically, the past two installments have been very much like TED Talks and just a single track where you come in in the morning, you have your kickoff speaker, you have your co-hosts introduced and then one after another you have speakers come up from a variety of industries and backgrounds, give a 15-20-minute speech about a time they failed and how that’s propelled them on to future success and what they’ve learned from that. it’s always kind of been in one room, one seat — yeah you get up for lunch, but it’s very much a one-track event.”
So, housing the event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28 at Fishers High School, 13000 Promise Rd., made sense for the event’s evolution.
“This year, because we have so much space within the high school to work with, we’re doing multiple tracks, we’re doing breakout sessions, we’re doing interactive Q&A panels,” Spudic said. “We’re doing breakout sessions, theming them as much as possible with similar experiences or speakers in those sessions, they’re going to be able to do interactive Q&As in those breakouts and facilitate some conversations — there are many more moving parts to this FailFest than there have been in the past.”
Launch Fishers is also partnering with the high school to involve its business-savvy students in the event.
“We’ve made a lot of discount codes, we’ve done a lot of outreach to students, staff, faculty, administrators to get them involved in the process and get them there,” Spudic said. “We’re in talks with Steven Loser, the assistant principal over at Fishers High School, about doing some type of student exhibit, whether it’s hands-on or passive, whether that goes on throughout the event, which is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or whether that’s during a specific portion of the event during lunch hour, but we are involving students in the actual event trying to get them involved with the attendees.”
For more, or to register, visit failfest.us.