MomentStrong is an application for your smartphone, and it's Jacksonville-based creators are a few of the hundreds looking for support at One Spark. Founders Liz Pierce, Rick Graf and Angel Cabrera feel strongly that their application will provide strength when you need it. They said they their application will help individuals lead happier lifestyles and help companies reduce their medical expenses.
For example, the MomentStrong application can send a smoker trying to quit a video of his daughter telling him to fight the urge while on his work break. Using geofencing, the application can send users trying to diet inspirational messages when they arrive at their favorite fast-food spots.
MomentStrong co-founder and CEO Liz Pierce said that the one of the areas the company wants to focus on is human relations departments.
"HR departments can distribute the app to their employees," Pierce said. "We can monitor what a company's employees struggle with, pass along that information to the HR department, and that department can, in turn, better focus what its employees need — such as particular wellness programs."
Pierce noted that the app's users are completely anonymous.
You can program MomentStrong to remind you to be strong in the moment you most need it. If you're dieting, the app can send you a reminder at your lunch break to eat the healthy lunch you packed, instead of settling for a less-healthy alternative.
"In 5 years, I see moment strong being used in a broad spectrum of companies and people in many expanded areas than we have right now," Graf said. "We are going to expand to users that suffer from prescription drug abuse, financial issues, compulsive gambling and depression. I think it will eventually morph into areas that we haven't thought of yet. It will morph into motivation for whatever people need it to."
The creators said geofencing, which allows the app to send a user a message at a specific geographical location, and …
Jalali Hartman, the the founder and operator of the Robauto project, is one of the many hopeful creators at One Spark looking for investors to help them pursue their dreams.
Hartman kicked off One Spark April 17 with a robotics exhibition in partnership with Prioria Robotics at Hemming Plaza.
Hartman wants to train people to tweak existing products and make them better. Hartman is looking for interested inventors to bring their ideas to the table and work with Hartman to build and sell the product.
For instance, Hartman takes existing products and modifies their batteries, compatibility and functionality.
"We want to work and modify products that are already getting distribution," Hartman said. "We would like to focus on bettering existing products that we use everyday."
Inventor Donald R. Wicklund’s hot water solar collector, if picked up by a manufacturer, could be a cheaper and simpler way for homeowners to heat their water.
Unlike the solar hot water heaters used in homes now, Wicklund’s hot water solar collector doesn’t use anti-freeze, making it environmentally friendly. It also doesn’t require an added heat exchanger or solar pump for installation, which can cost a homeowner anywhere from $300 to $700.
Instead, Wicklund’s solar collector has a vacuum that allows the sun’s radiation to heat the water pipes, and, in return, there is no heat loss because of convection. The vacuum also prevents the pipes from freezing during the winter.
Another plus, Wicklund’s solar collector can be easily installed into existing furnaces and pool pumps.
Urban Mural Project wants to give community schoolchildren a taste of large scale art.
Brooklyn artist Cris Dam will mark his place, with the help of a six local schoolchildren, along a street in Downtown Jacksonville during One Spark April 17-21.
The concept for the Urban Mural Project came about after Dam’s first mural project with Muslim schoolchildren in Berlin in May 2012. The project, funded by the American Embassy, was a huge success.
Inspired by the children he worked with in Berlin, Dam decided he wanted to do more community-involved murals. After completing a mural in Connecticut, Jacksonville became a place of interest. A friend of Dam’s had recently relocated to the city and introduced Dam to local blues and jazz singer, Mama Blue aka Sarah Sanders.
Sanders helped Dam coordinate with the schools to find children to help him paint a mural downtown. Students from Andrew Robinson Elementary, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and KIPP Impact Middle School will be contributing to the mural.
Murals are a labor of love Dam says, and with the Urban Mural Project he hopes to create a work of art the community can be happy with and be a part of. Dam enjoys the large scale and accessibility of murals to the public.
“Environmentally, it is something people can talk about, relate with and socialize with,” Dam said.
One Spark spectators can view the progress of the Urban Mural Project at Laura Street between Adam and Forsyth streets.
One Spark 2013 officially kicks off at 6 p.m. April 17 with the opening ceremony in Hemming Plaza.
• Featured musical guest, the SUNBEARS! performs at 6 p.m.
• Jacksonville Jaguars D-Line and Roar Cheerleaders
• Dozens of street performers and hundreds of creator projects
• The One Spark Food Village on Laura Street
• Learn about voting, the entertainment district and all things One Spark
One Spark has officially started with the first creators pitching their projects at stages around Downtown, while others welcome visitors to their venues.
Here are a few things you need to know for a smooth One Spark experience.
Many parking meters downtown are bagged, so don't count on street parking. Plus several streets will be closed.
Your best bet is to park for free at the Prime Osborne Convention Center and take a free Skyway ride to Hemming Plaza. The Skyway will run until 3 a.m. on the nights of April 17-19, 8 a.m.-3 a.m. April 20 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 21.
You can also park at EverBank Field and take a free shuttle to One Spark.
The Mathews Bridge continues to be worked on and will be closed after 7 p.m. April 17-19 and all day on April 20. It is usually open on Sundays.
The Main Street Bridge will be closed 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m April 20 for a fundraiser by The Florida Theatre, the Rock the Bridge Gala.
Download the One Spark App
Don’t forget to download the One Spark app in the App Store and Google Play Store to have all the important One Spark info at your fingertips during the festival. This is also the easiest way to vote for projects. You can also access the mobile site from any web-enabled device.
One Spark is providing all attendees with Wi-Fi to use throughout the Creator Zone and Entertainment District. They can't guarantee uptime or speeds, but the coverage will help Creators and attendees stay connected.
On your mobile phone, tablet or other Wi-Fi enabled device, search for a new network. Select “ONESPARK->FREE WIFI” and wait for the device to connect.
One Spark, an unprecedented crowdfunded celebration of all kinds of innovation, launches April 17.
If you haven't made plans to go at some point over the five days, read a few of my reasons to go here, with help from local artist Dolf James and One Spark Executive Director Elton Rivas.
I hope to see you there. Keep an eye on this blog for coverage of the event April 17-21.
Armed with brushes and paint, Chance Isbell and Morrison Pierce aim to stain a permanent mark on society.
“It is an awareness that the world is changing rapidly and headed into a very dark future unless we wake up the masses and stand together against it,” said Chance Isbell, co-creator of Pandora’s Box. “The reality is frightening, but nobody should be afraid to face it,” he said.
Isbell and Pierce will create a series of paintings that will envelop an eight-foot cube of polycarbonate mounted securely onto a wooden frame. They will be painting from inside the cube.
“I think the overall theme of the box is to bring fundamentals about our perception of the world into the open for people to be social about,” Isbell said.
Over the span of five days, this vision will come to life slowly while Isbell and Pierce manipulate their work space as densely as possible so eventually the view of them painting is going to be blocked out completely.
“When it starts, I'm assuming the two of us will be visually the reason people are stopping and watching, just ants in jar diligently working away to tell a story with pigment,” Isbell said.
But, the work itself should overtake the walls and ultimately make both creators no longer the interest to spectators, he said. There should be a point in the installation where folks are going to have to make an effort to see if the creators are even inside the box painting.
Originally, Pierce set out with the idea to actually “live” inside of a Plexiglas cube that was locked from the outside, David Blaine style, Isbell said.
“I suggested we could do something in that space simultaneously by bringing the walls to life with things we’re both equally passionate about,” Isbell said.
He said both artists decided the idea was best applied to the interior of the structure in reverse, similar to an animation cell and seen the …
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has entered One Spark with an innovative tiger exhibit.
The exhibit features a fortified trail system allowing tigers to react to their natural instincts of scent-marking and hunting, said Tony Vecchio, executive director of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
He said the new tiger trail will be the most natural habitat that zoos have ever constructed.
Vecchio said that he has seen several zoos build bigger and better exhibits for big cats, but the cats still behave like cats. Anyone who has a house cat knows that cats mostly sleep all day, he said.
In most zoos, a tiger will come out and patrol his exhibit, do a little scent-marking, and, after making sure there is no threat or food, will find a cozy and shady place to sleep all day, Vecchio said. In the wild, tigers are always on the hunt, spending a lot of time patrolling their territory and making sure there are no rivals, he said.
The invention here is two tiger exhibits with lots for the animals to do, Vecchio said.
The tiger trails feature a closed fortified system that winds through the entire exhibit, so when the tigers are put in the trail, they are able to explore and patrol their territory, he said. Rotating the animals from one exhibit to the other will give them a new habitat to scent-mark and sniff other tigers.
In addition, the exhibit is designed to allow other animals such as exotic pigs, or babirusas, to access the trail during the day, Vecchio said. Once the babirusas are back in their own exhibit, the tigers will have access to the trail to smell the prey species, enabling them to display hunting behavior.
Parts of the trail twist around other exhibits to provide olfactory, visual and auditory stimulation, allowing the tigers to display more natural behaviors than they would in other zoo exhibits, he said.
The zoo is going to start off with six to eight tigers, Vecchio said.
“We expect one of the tiger groups will be the …
After being away from Jacksonville for more than 10 years, Alyssa Key is returning, and she's bringing her clothing line with her. Key is using One Spark to help launch the process of moving her business from Brooklyn, N.Y. Love Brigade and its creators have been on a one-year sabbatical, and Key is ready to kick back into gear.
“For me personally I really want to kick back into gear with One Spark. It is such an awesome opportunity that I have never seen in Jacksonville in my lifetime,” Key said.
A former Douglass Anderson School of the Arts student, Key went to college in England and spent the last seven years in New York City. Love Brigade had multiple stores in New York, and the products were sold around the world. This time around, Key wants to stay away from having her own stores and put the focus on collaborating with other local artists.
“I really want to curate and form a bigger fashion community. It is here, but people don’t have resources or access,” said Key.
Jacksonville models, photographers, show coordinators and make-up artists have worked with Love Brigade.
Her goal is to have a new collection up by the end of 2013. She describes the line as moving from being a little darker to fun and playful, but still very edgy. She will also add a children’s line called Baby Brigade.
“I made it kind of an internal policy when we started the company that we would only do things in Jacksonville that were charity related or supported the arts. We’ve stuck to that,” Key said.
Key describes Love Brigade’s audience as an army of passionate people. Through Love Brigade, Key strives to inspire and work with other artists who are passionate about their work.