Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Failure

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Friday 9th March 2012

Monday 12th March 2012

  • The Human Cost of Failed Government Technology

    by Erine Gray, Corrie MacLaggan and Celia Cole

    In 2005, the State of Texas signed a contract worth close to $900 million dollars with an alliance of private firms to manage the eligibility process for applying for Food Stamps, TANF, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance programs. The project was a failure - so much so that Texas cancelled the contract just over a year later. Applications were lost. People went hungry. Kids lost health insurance. Technology projects failed.In 2009, Indiana cancelled a $1.3 billion dollar social service privatization contract - citing poor service delivery.Big changes were necessary to modernize the delivery of these important services in Texas and Indiana, no doubt. In the end, some really good things were done by both States and the private firms they hired. But there was a lot of pain in between that could have been avoided. People unnecessarily suffered. Three people in the know will discuss what went down so that we can all learn from the mistakes and help prevent them in the future.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon C, AT&T Conference Center

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