Designed for high school or college student 12 years or older



Day 1 only:
3,000PHP per student (inc. VAT)

All days:
5,000PHP per student (inc. VAT)

Flexible, 6 month payment plans available, just ask :)

100% money back guarantee if not completely satisfied.

Class days: 
  Day 1 - 10am to 4pm
  Day 7 - 9am to 12pm
  Day 14 - 9am to 12pm
  Day 21 - 9am to 12pm
  Day 28 - 9am to 12pm

Students get 18 hours of facilitator support in total.



Too often we see kids struggling through school to memorize facts just so they can pass exams. We see college students spending four long, hard years at college studying and when they finally get a job after graduating, they find that the skills they have gained aren't a good match for the job.

Managers at companies who employ these fresh graduates often find that they don't possess the skills needed to think creatively, problem solve and push themselves beyond their comfort zone to truly add value to the company they work at.

In the modern world, what businesses, managers and the rest of the world needs is people who are able to explore, understand and make sense of real-world problems; people who are creative thinkers; people who can lead; people who are comfortable learning and re-learning and, unfortunately, often that's not a mindset people learn in high school or college.

What happens on each day

Day 1 of the course introduces students to the concept of empathizing with people through face-to-face interviews and being comfortable experimenting, getting user feedback and iterating then testing again. Students learn to not become attached to ideas or solutions and track everything back to solving real problems for real people because if we're not doing that, what's the point?

Day 2 to day 30 is where we guide the students through implementing what they've learned and applying it in real world situations. Students have regular weekly deliverables to ensure they stay on track and online or face to face support from our team. Students must be available for 6 hours at the beginning of the program, 3 hours every Saturday during the program and are expected to spend 1 - 4 hours during the week on homework activities.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the training, you will:

  • Understand and be ready to apply Design Thinking
  • Know how to create customer-centered products and services
  • Know how to involve customers in the design process and get feedback early and often
  • Be comfortable being out of your comfort zone experimenting and learning
  • Know how to ask for feedback to validate ideas
  • Know how to quickly validate an idea
  • Know how to validate user feedback on business ideas


Day 1

  • Design Thinking for real world problems
  • Adopting a failure-first mindset
  • Explore a problem and develop a prototype solution
  • Learning through Retrospectives
  • Designing with your customers (co-design)

Day 2 - 30

  • Weekly deliverables and online and offline support from our team and other program members to keep you on track for your practice project
  • 3 hour workshop every Saturday morning
  • 1 - 4 hours of time spent on homework during the week


Phil Smithson hails from the UK and holds a first class honors degree in Software Engineering and is a Certified Scrum Professional. He is the owner of On-Off Group and has over 1,000 hours experience delivering workshops, including for Fortune 500 companies, with senior leadership teams, managers, employees, educators, startups and students.

He previously worked for WPP, the largest advertising agency group in the world, and was involved with companies such as Unilever, Axe, L'Oréal, Del Monte, KLM, Maybelline and many more.

He is an Industry Advisory Board member at Adamson University and offers Customer and Employee Experience Design and mentoring to local companies through On-Off Group, IdeaSpace and Founders Institute. 

Click here to view Inc Magazine Feature on Phil  

Click here to view Security Bank Feature on Phil

Click here to view Phil's LinkedIn Profile


Students who've attended The Failure School in June 2017 said:

"Originally, my mum told me "You're going to failure school" and we were like "What?!". We didn't really understand. It's not just about how to speak or to be confident. It really teaches you how to ask good questions, to not be afraid to ask those questions and always to ask "why". Generally, it helps you embrace failure in a really advanced and excited way. I learned a lot, I had fun. I can't wait for the next one!" - Waby, 18 years old, June 2017 batch

"It was really fun I learned a lot from this experience because I learned that failure can actually be a way to achieve as well as to grow in ways I didn't know you could. It's also been an outlet as well because nowadays failure is not really accepted because we see perfection but here you're allowed to make mistakes and to live with those mistakes." - Happy, 14 years old, June 2017 batch

"When my mum first told me that you're going to failure school, I was like "huh? *laughs*". I didn't expect this. I expected that you were just going to talk about failure but today was actually really fun. It taught me also how important team work is, how important it is to not feel bad about failing but instead to be proud that you failed. My favorite part was the team work exercises because it really shows how people can work as a team, how cooperative you can be and when you's ok!" - Michelle, 14 years old, June 2017 batch


Classes start August 19th 2017!




Isn't it better to teach kids to succeed and emulate successful people?

Great question! Actually, by teaching students to fail, we are teaching them to emulate successful people. Billionaire Elon Musk says "Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you’re not innovating enough.", billionaire JK Rowling says “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default." 

By teaching students to become familiar with failure early on and accept it as part of the learning experience, we ensure that when they inevitably fail at some point in their life, they recover from it easily and use it to go to the next level of success.

Why is it so cheap?

We truly believe that entrepreneurship, innovation and Design Thinking are the skills that will serve generations well so our goal for the Failure School Student program is to make it as accessible as possible to as many students as possible.

We can't afford the per head rate, would you do a private workshop for my school/group/organization for a special price?

Absolutely, we'd love to. We do that a lot. Get in touch and we'll see what we can work out :)

Do I need any special educational background to attend?

Nope. It doesn't matter. All that matters is you come with an open mind and a can-do attitude.

Do you offer discounts for large groups of students?

We sure do! Get in touch and we'll see what we can work out :)

How many people per class?

In order to maximize students' one-on-one coaching and guidance, we keep class size to strictly no more than 10 attendees per facilitator

Who can attend?

Any registered high school or college student 12 years or older with an open mind and a desire to learn and to connect with like-minded people.

How can I apply what I learn?

After the workshop, you'll be given templates, instructions, checklists and a project for you to get started on to continue your learning. You'll get out of it what you put into it.

Do I get a certificate?

Yep! And it says "Congratulations, you've failed!". Certificates are only given out to those who have shown clear evidence of failings and learnings during the workshop.

Can I get an Official Receipt (OR)?

Of course, ORs are usually given on the day of the event or you can pick up from our office before that.