One Spark is the world's FIRST ever crowdfunding festival and it will be FREE to attend. There has never been an event like this. The festival is being described as a mixture of kickstarter.com, ArtPrize in Grand Rapids and SXSW in Austin. If you are familiar with all of those it helps but if not let me break it down for you a little better.
From April 17 at 3pm to April 21 at 12pm the entire downtown area of Jacksonville, FL will become a non-stop festival of innovation, creativeness, technology and art. Over 55 downtown businesses will become hosts for over 450 creators. These creators will have their idea (invention, non-profit, business, project, etc.) on display. You can register to vote on the website ( www.beonespark.com ) once you have 'checked in' to the event on the app, mobile site or at a kiosk you can then vote on your favorite ideas. That Sunday it will be announced what amounts will be distributed to each creator for their project. You can vote for multiple creators but can only give 1 vote to each creator. The money will be distributed on a percentage basis so if you reach 10% of the votes you reach $25,000! How amazing is that?! So come out to see new inventions, sample new foods, watch live performances, hear amazing music and meet all the people who have worked hard to put it all together!
If you really like any project you see you can also donate money on your own through the app and the website. No creator will be selling anything! This will all be FREE. If you live in Jacksonville, FL there is NO reason you should not be in attendance to this unique event as it will bring so much to our city! There will also be an entertainment district for the evening hours.
I am excited to be on board to help with this event since you all know how much I love and support Jacksonville, FL and now maybe this festival can bring people from all over to see we have a beautiful city! Also remember there will be MAJOR investors walking this festival looking for the next IT thing to put their money into. Shad Khan (owner of our Jacksonville Jaguars) has even created a Stache fund to invest up to $1 million into some of these projects. If you have an idea then stay tuned to see how you can be a creator next year and please spread the word!!!
SN: The ONLY thing that cost anything are the live speaker sessions which is only $35 for a speaker pass and that gets you into any and all of the sessions. (It goes up to $50 after April 15)