Following a period of change and introspection, One Spark will return this October with a new venue, a new partner , and a new outlook. What was once a weeklong urban street festival has now been revamped as a two-day event held in the U.S Assure Club West of Everbank Field. Organizers state the One Spark will feature the brightest new ideas in technology, health, education, social good and more. One Spark is described as a “festival of innovation.”
At a presser held in Jacksonville, Florida today, One Spark Board Chairman Peter Rummell announced today that a new partnership has been formed between One Spark, Inc., One Spark Ventures and Bold Events, LLC.
And who is Bold Events? They are part of the Jacksonville Jaguars promotional team a “one-stop concierge service for planning your world-class event at EverBank Field (where the Jags play).”
“Today’s announcement marks an important next step in One Spark’s evolution. By partnering with Bold Events, and staging One Spark at EverBank Field, we’ve created a platform to enhance the experience of all who have come to enjoy and rely on One Spark in a variety of ways – Creators, Attendees, Sponsors and Investors. Most importantly, One Spark 2017 provides Creators with an enhanced opportunity to connect with the community, network and seek validation for their ideas, and solve many of the challenges the organization faced including logistics such as access and parking, footprint design while also creating a financially stable model for the future.”
New for 2017, One Spark Ventures will offer multiple “Spark Tanks” this year. Creators will be selected by a panel of judges to participate in Spark Tank competitions within each “Spark” zone.
Judges will provide feedback and guidance during each Spark Tank, and will select the top Creator in each zone, who will be awarded $5,000 and the chance to compete in the Spark Tank Championship. The Spark Tank Championship will take place on Saturday in the stadium suite of Jaguars Owner Shad Khan. The winner of that competition will be awarded an additional $20,000 and will be named Top Creator of the Innovation Festival.
Those wishing to participate in One Spark 2017 may visit onespark.com beginning July 10 where they will find a link to the Creator Application. There is no cost to apply, however, selected Creators will be required to pay $125 to participate at EverBank Field. One Spark takes place Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7 in Jacksonville, Florida.