Anyone remember that Animaniacs episode - “Survey Ladies”?
By now we hope you’ve had time to fully digest and process your One Spark 2013 experience, weigh the good against the bad, and consider what worked and what didn’t. Now, we want to hear from you!
It is our mission to make One Spark 2014 the best possible event using the lesson we learned from year one and the public’s feedback. That’s where you come in.
We’ve recently released our attendee survey to solicit your feedback as we continue to brainstorm and plan ways to improve the world’s crowdfunding festival. Please take a moment to complete the short questionnaire and let us know what we can do to make One Spark better for everyone.
Please note that this survey is designed to capture short answers so that we can process the high volume of data and determine which areas deserve the most focus. If you have feedback or suggestions, please input them into the additional feedback box.
Please also note that there are separate surveys for Creators, Venues and Sponsors that have been sent to the email address you used to register.
It only takes a few minutes so click here and tell us what you think!
And here’s a clip from that Animaniacs episode, it’s a classic! We like to think our Attendee Survey is a bit more relevant and impactful than one of those annoying mall intercepts.
Join the team and help us bring in the big bucks to make One Spark 2014 an even bigger success. Read on to learn more or head over to the LInkedIn job posting.
One Spark, Inc. is hiring an experienced, self-motivated professional as a full-time director of sponsorship and development.
This role is critical to the continued growth and success of our rapidly growing and ambitious organization. A successful candidate will be a self-starter that’s comfortable working with a small team in a startup environment but also successful in working with sponsors in a corporate setting. Strong presentation and communication skills are a must. This position will report to the executive director.
As the director of sponsorship and development for One Spark, Inc. you will be a key member of a growing team that is leading the charge to grow the World’s Crowdfunding Festival. One Spark is dedicated to showcasing creators, innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs.
More specifically, you will oversee and lead the planning, coordination and implementation of One Spark’s sponsorship sales and fundraising while working with the executive director and other functional leaders. The ideal candidate will be a talented leader with a strong history of creating and selling packaged sponsorships to national brands. Selling in an event-based environment is preferred, but not required. The ideal candidate will also exude a deep knowledge of revenue generation & fundraising in a non-profit setting; high levels of creativity and the ability to effectively work in a startup environment. Also, they must give great high-fives… we like to have fun while we do great work.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Include the following - Other duties may be assigned as they relate to the needs of the business.
Sell in a consultative manner to local, regional, national and global brands. This role is expected to meet or exceed assigned revenue and fundraising goals for the company.
Responsible for leading the company’s efforts in sales calls, presentations, demonstrations, and proposals related to One Spark and One Spark related events.
Create, prepare and share accurate and timely sales/pipeline reports utilizing One Spark’s CRM/Sales management system.
Work with the One Spark team and current sponsors/customers to identify and implement new revenue opportunities.
Maintain brand focus and One Spark’s vision and mission when selecting sponsors to work with.
Identify and participate in discussion and decision-making about strategies, opportunities, potential conflicts, and other issues related to the successful production of One Spark events.
Develop long-term fundraising/sponsorship strategy that includes the continued evolution of events, including the primary annual One Spark event; leverage multi-year opportunities with key sponsors.
Create and sustain effective collaborative partnerships with key Channel Partners
This position may or may not have direct reporting personnel but requires a high degree of collaboration and communication with other departments and key stakeholders (internal and external).
Desired Skills & Experience
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelors degree with five to seven years experience in conference/event planning, or non-profit management demonstrating increasing responsibility and successful execution of mission-driven events; demonstration of strong collaboration skills, and leadership; innovative programming. High levels of project management skills are preferred.
LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Experience calling on Major Accounts and National Accounts selling sponsorships. Collaboration ability, organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills, a belief in teamwork are critical to the success of this position. This position requires the ability to build positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Strong verbal and written communication is critical, as are excellent negotiation skills with a positive attitude.
Nearly all of the tasks required in this position require highly competent computer skills, including but not limited to: Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Prezi, Basecamp, Highrise, and more.
Excellent sales skills with a history of success are required for this role.
ABILITY TO TRAVEL
This role may require traveling up to 30% of the time.
Sound business reasoning and the ability to use facts to make profitable decisions is required. Strong problem solving and creative thinking are essential.
This is primarily an office based position with some in the field work as well; some lifting of objects up to 50lbs (or more) may be required. Proper ergonomic furniture and equipment is supplied. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to email@example.com.
One Spark is the world’s crowdfunding festival located in Jacksonville, Florida. Come Support Inspiration: Art. Music. Science. Technology.
The fastest way for people to launch ideas is to have all of the resources they need in one place and at one time. One Spark is an event that brings those people (artists, technologists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and the public) together for 5 days. During One Spark each of these folks will share their prototypes, experiments and projects in a really cool way by using downtown Jacksonville as a platform. Any place can be a venue (parking lots, businesses, restaurants, parks, etc.) Anyone can be an entrant.
One Spark, Inc. works in an open office environment focused on collaboration. It’s a pretty great place to work!
Free employee parking
Cell phone stipend
A flexible, startup culture
Vacation and personal time
One Spark, Inc. is a non-profit founded in 2011 as an effort to assist entrepreneurs, artists and innovators in connecting to capital and resources for their ideas and projects.
As we close out One Spark 2013 and prepare for One Spark 2014 (yes, it’s definitely happening!), we have two major items left on our list. The first, is obviously getting checks out to Creators (more info coming VERY soon) and the other is sharing success stories from the Creators who participated in the event.
We’ve seen and heard many comments on the connections, exposure, feedback, validation and many other positive results that our Creators took away from One Spark above and beyond the financial rewards. These are the stories we want to share and we want to hear them in your own words.
Starting next week, we’re bringing back our One Spark Hangouts hosted by our resident Social Media Viking. We know there are a ton of you who want to share your experiences and continue to extend your reach so we simply ask that you pitch us your story by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll follow up with you to schedule a time to Hangout, time permitting.
In case you missed them, here’s our Hangout Playlist that includes all of them (except that one about Volunteers in which Jack played with his beard the whole time). Be sure to add One Spark to your Circles on Google+.
It’s time! We know you’ve all been anxious to find out the results so without further ado, here ya go…
(from the Creator email that just went out)
As mentioned yesterday, we are pleased to share the results for One Spark 2013 on our website. We’re posting these now and you can check them out by clicking here. Note: these do not include any individual contributions; only the distribution of the $250,000 from One Spark.
Keep in mind that all results are preliminary at this time. Results will be final once our 3rd party CPA and auditing firm verifies the votes and contributions. We will post the contributions from the crowdfund at that time. This process is expected to be complete within approximately 5-7 days following the close of One Spark 2013 and is necessary to ensure that your votes are verified and the funds are distributed accordingly. So, feel good about it! :-)
Here’s the Top 10 overall (no categories, this time):
Beyond the Facade
20 Murals in a Year
Food Park Project
Live For Today Foundation
Crowdfund contributions will be shared after the audit.
To receive your funds, you will need to submit a W9 form.
Here’s the process (PDF Link) for how distribution of funds will work.
Deadline for W-9 forms is now Friday May 3, 2013.
Questions? Direct them to email@example.com.
After announcing the Top 10 vote receivers this afternoon, a lot of questions have come up on how the money will be distributed.
As we’ve said from the beginning, whatever percentage of the vote a project receives, they receive that percentage of the $250k crowdfund. Even if its only 1% that’s still $2500! But we will be distributing the funds down to the penny.
As of this morning 20,000 votes were logged. That means at this point, each vote is worth $12.50. Please note that as more votes come in that number will change but rest assured that everyone will receive something.
Transcript from the One Spark Top Ten (by Votes received) Announcement…
“Good afternoon everyone… I’m Elton Rivas, co-founder and executive director for One Spark…and… it’s a lovely day out here for One Spark! So, in the words of our Customer Service Rockstar, Patrick… the first thing I want to announce, is worry not my friends..worry not. Before I get to our big announcement today and share our top 10 overall Creators in the voting race, I just want to thank everyone for not letting a little weather slow us down! That said, grab a FREE poncho… while they last… you can pick yours up at our voting and information kiosks here in Hemming Plaza and over at Main Street Park, Laura Street or the Riverwalk.
Projects, pitch decks, music stages, food village and lounges - everything is still on and based on the latest information that our team just received directly from the National Weather Service, we anticipate a clearing later today and another beautiful evening in downtown Jacksonville!
In One Spark’s first 3 days, we are thrilled to announce that the streets of downtown Jacksonville have been filled with an estimated 75-80,000 people. I must say, this is truly astonishing as there have been other similar events that have taken years to get even close to these levels… We’ve still got two great days of One Spark ahead and we anticipate Jacksonville will continue to turn out as the weather continues to improve.
So, without further ado… let’s get to the important information… The Creators that have received the most votes… With over 15,000 registered voters and over 30,000 unique votes cast in our first 3 days, here are the top 10.
In 10th place, — project number 89, The 5 & Dime!
In 9th place, — project number 659, 1 Food Park Project!
In 8th place, — project number 168, 123-Fresh!
In 7th place, — project number 8, Kona School!
In 6th place, — project number 119, Fathom Sphere!
In 5th place, — project number 491, 1 Wall = Connection SOTRU’s The Wall
In 4th place, — project number 36, Beyond the Facade!
In 3rd place, — project number 767, 20 Murals in a Year!
In 2nd place, — project number 221, Tiger Trail!
And in 1st place…??
In 1st place, — project 166, Rethreaded!
I can tell you this… the race for votes is very… very close and there are dozens of Creators who are moving in and out of the top 10 each hour! These top 10 and hundreds following them are separated by less than 5% of the overall vote. To put some perspective on the percentages as they relate the $250,000 crowdfund, 1% of the vote received equals $2,500! So as you can imagine, there will be dozens of Creators receiving some pretty nice checks out of our our inaugural event!
Creators - keep plugging away, stay with your projects, show up at your pitch deck or music stage times and get out there and mingle with attendees because every vote counts!
If you’re here to enjoy the event — vote for your favorite projects! Your vote could be the difference between your favorite idea getting off the ground or not!
Again, we just received word that as the day goes on and moves into night, we are expecting no rain and another gorgeous evening in downtown Jacksonville! Thank you for coming out — now get out there and VOTE!”
With Just over 24 hours left to go at One Spark 2013, there’s a bit of rain in the area… but, hey… nothing’s ever stopped us before. One Spark is OPEN & RUNNING!
So, welcome to day 4 of One Spark 2013. Rain or shine, this festival is moving forward. We’ve had an unbelievable first few days and another huge crowd to close out the day yesterday. Estimates from Friday’s attendance are that there were over 30,000 people here for One Spark in downtown Jacksonville throughout the day.
We’ll be in touch with our friends at the national weather service all day today, but they have already let us know that there should not be any severe weather, just a little rain that will be on and off most of the day.
So, here’s why you should get out there to One Spark today:
Over 20,000 votes already cast (get yours in now)
Noon Announcements at Hemming Plaza: top 10 vote receivers overall
It’s time again for us to share our daily voting updates! Again… Each day at this time, we’ll share the projects that have made the biggest upward move over the past 24 hours in each of the major categories - Art, Science, Music, Technology and Other.
1. Black & White (#24)
2. Pearl Divers 2.0 (#231)
3. 5 Days of Pop-Up Performances: TPA’s Cabaret (#772)
It’s Florida… it’s April… and it might rain a little and be a little windy. We’re ready if it does! We’ve got One Spark ponchos to hand out and our Volunteer team is happy to keep the festival rolling. We’ll direct the attendees to our indoor Venues and will be in close communication with all Creators, Venue and the attendees.
So you know, we’re in close communication with the National Weather Service and will continue to monitor the weather throughout the day and tomorrow. We may see a few rain showers begin to develop in the region today after 5pm and into the evening as well as experience some wind today and tomorrow. As always, for the latest, please stay tuned to our blog. Click here.
Pitch Decks & Music Stages: Rain Plan
In the event your time slot at the Community First Pitch Decks or Times Union Music Stage is cancelled due to weather, call (904) 250-0070 to reschedule.
In the event of inclement weather/wind/rain, be sure to be mindful of any outdoor items that you may have.
If it does rain, as a safety precaution, please wrap and cover OR disconnect your power cabling from the source.
We’re ready to keep the show going and appreciate your understanding in the event plans change slightly due to weather. If you are in an outdoor Space/Venue, be sure to secure any items/keep them dry. Have fun out there today! There’s only a couple days left to get those votes!