One Spark


Festival puts crowd-sourcing to the test


What’s your definition of a competition? If your idea involves a judge who analyzes and compares each participant to determine the best, then you have no concept of what goes on at One Spark.

In fact, that’s where One Spark differs from other competitions of its nature. The winners of the crowdsourcing event depend entirely on the will of the crowd and not a single or even a panel of judges.

One Spark provides the unique opportunity for ordinary people to vote on the creator’s proposal they find most appealing. The event takes the power to fund another person’s project away from a judge and puts it into the hands of spectators looking to select the newest innovation that could change their lives.

“The way you will be able to vote is by attending the festival,” said One Spark Customer Solution Specialist Patrick Murphy.

There are several ways a member of the audience will be able to vote. One Spark’s website will provide a voting registration section that will be open to viewers when the event begins on April 9. If people want to vote for a creator on the spot, they can text their votes to One Spark. A smart phone app also will be available to download.

People are interested in voting can view the creator profiles and proposals and become informed of who they want to choose for funding.

Registering for an account with One Spark turns an ordinary person into a judge of an event where creators come from across the nation to compete for their dreams to become a reality.

Those who create an account can vote for their favorite project and see who receives funding from the $3.25 million dollars in crowdsourcing and money from investors that the One Spark event organizers have garnered for this year’s event.

This story was reported by Ignite Media, an independent news bureau created by University of North Florida students.

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