One Spark Goes Global

Less than two weeks until more than 150,000 people crowd the streets of Downtown Jacksonville for the second annual One Spark! You can feel the excitement in the air.

Last week One Spark invited the community to the Florida Theatre for the unveiling of big news. And boy, did they do it in style. Karen Feagins, director of programming and news at WJCT and One Spark media partner, introduced several key players including  Mayor Alvin Brown, executive director Joe Sampson, past creators and co-founder Elton Rivas.

If you haven’t heard, One Spark is going global, premiering in Berlin, Germany, September 2014 and plans to expand to a different city each year! Incredible. Details of the Germany festival will be announced during One Spark’s closing ceremonies. Of course, they make us wait again for exciting news!

But of course that’s not all… This year creators have more chances to capture that crowdfunding with teh top creator in each cateogry winning an extra $10,000 and a juried panel will select five winners to win $10,000 each. And to cover it all, national cable network A&E will also film a documentary about crowdfunding and startups during One Spark.

To end the program, Rivas and Sampson invited Dolf James, a huge support of One Spark and their biggest critic, on stage. James is also responsible for those big One Spark Sparkys you see around town among other behind the scenes accomplishments. While on stage, Rivas and Sampson presented James with a One Spark cap, because he’s a Superman!

Dolf James showing off his cape!

Remember: don’t forget to not make plans to be anywhere else but Downtown April 9-13 for One Spark!