F*ckUp Night VOL.13

Sponsored by: the Roy Group
Brought to you by: VIATEC

Everyone's favourite night. Nothing like watching accomplished, confident people share their still-raw, professional disasters with a crowd of 250 community members.

Better than crying. Cheaper than therapy. 


F*ckUp Nights is a global movement where stories of failed businesses and projects are told, questioned and celebrated. It started in 2012 in Mexico City and is now found in 86 countries, totalling 318 cities. Locals Jim Hayhurst and Ian Chisholm brought the idea to VIATEC, and together we brought the first volume to Victoria in 2015. 12 F*ckUps and 43 speakers later, the event continues to sell out!


3 "f*ckuppers" will have 7 minutes each to tell their story and up to 10 minutes for Q&A. What was the project? What went wrong? What did they learn? What would they do differently? 

Due to the vulnerability of each speaker and the sometimes sensitive material, video recording/streaming is not permitted at this event. Each speaker receives a recording of their own presentation and it is up to them if they would like to share it post-event.

Ticket Prices:

  • VIATEC Members: $10
  • Non-Members: $30

Please note this event is 19+.
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F*ckUppers (Speakers):

  1. Jared Smith - Life is full of deep tissue transformations. If you have ever learned a lesson so deeply that you were sure it was going to stick with you forever, and then completely let it go in the moment you needed it the most... you will understand just how gutted Jared was with himself as a leader.
  2. Ryan Douglas - Remember that time the newly-minted young tech CEO used just his brainpower and sheer force of will to completely change an industry he had never been in before, while totally ignoring the basics of leadership? Yeah, neither does Ryan. What he does remember is nearly crashing his company just as it was ready to blast off.
  3. Mayor Lisa Helps - Not many politicians want to be seen at something called "Fuckup Nights". Even fewer would consider speaking. But Victoria's Mayor is nothing, if not courageous. And while we don't want to give any spoilers, let's just say her story is a lesson in how taking 2 minutes to pause, could have saved her 2 years of headaches.


  • Jim Hayhurst
    Former F*ckUp himself, Jim got addicted to the stage and just can't let go of the mic. Seriously, we don't even pay him, he just shows up every time...



  • 5:00pm Doors Open
  • 5:50pm F*ckUp stories
  • 7:00pm Networking
  • 8:00pm Event end

THANK YOU to our long standing Event Sponsor:


AND Thank you to our Beer Sponsor!

 Special Thanks:


We are always looking for future prospects to share their stories with our community. Pop us over a quick note to tectoria@viatec.ca if you think you have something. You'll meet with one of our committee members to hear about your story, and if they feel there's a story to be told, you'll get to be a part of the curation sessions where we help you in putting your story together! It's an exhilarating experience, almost like therapy... but much more fun. Afterwards you will be a part of an elite group of F*ckUp alumni!

Please note:

VIATEC will have a photographer in attendance at the event to capture attendees networking and taking in the presentations. Should you wish to not have photos of you on our Flickr page, please contact tectoria@viatec.ca prior to the event.  

No recording of the presentations is permitted.

VIATEC holds the sole City Membership for Greater Victoria through the FuckUp Nights organization. Want more info on the organization and what they offer? Visit fuckupnights.com! 


Tickets are sold out

23 Oct 2019
5:00pm - 8:00pm PDT

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