Creator Rules

Anyone can register to enter One Spark 2014. Entrants will be known as Creators (“Creator”). Entries will be known as Projects (“Project”).

A Creator is someone bringing his or her Project to showcase at a One Spark 2014 designated Venue.

A Project is a specific plan, design or undertaking with a clear end. A project can be at any stage of development but will eventually be completed, and something will be produced as a result. Examples would include making an album, producing a film, building a new app or launching an innovative social good initiative. Bringing your project to One Spark not only helps fund it, it’s also a great way to validate your concept, receive critical feedback and make connections with people who can help you achieve your goals.

Eligibility

  • Creators must be at least 18 years of age on the day that they register. If under age 18, Creators need parental or guardian consent and accompaniment to participate in One Spark 2014.
  • Creators must pay a non-refundable fee based on the schedule below to complete their One Spark 2014 entry (waived for students with a valid .edu address).
    • December 1 through December 15, 2013 - $45
    • December 16 through January 17, 2013 - $55
    • January 18 through February 21, 2014 - $65
  • In the case of collaborative entries, everyone who makes a significant contribution to the entry must be registered (up to a maximum of 5 total Creators) and officially designated to that entry.
  • Only one Creator may register their Project during Creator registration. Following Matchmaking, the Creator may then add up to 4 additional Creators to their Project for an additional entry fee of $45 per Creator. All registered Creators will receive an All Access Creator pass.
  • One Spark 2013 Creators are eligible to participate as Creators in One Spark 2014. However, One Spark 2013 Projects are not eligible for re-entry to One Spark 2014.
  • Employees of One Spark, Inc. (“One Spark”) or immediate family of One Spark employees are not eligible to participate as Creators in One Spark 2014.
  • Creators must agree to One Spark rules; Creators agree by submitting a completed application. Rules may change; updated rules may be found on the One Spark website at http://beonespark/creator-rules

Project and Entry Fees

  • One-time nonrefundable entry fee based on the schedule below (waived for students with a valid .edu address) and completed application (on beonespark.com) must be received on January 31, 2014 by 11:59 PM EST.
    • December 1 through December 15, 2013 - $45
    • December 16 through January 17, 2013 - $55
    • January 18 through February 21, 2014 - $65
  • There may be only one Project per Creator. Creators are eligible to participate in a support capacity for multiple entries, but only designated as a Creator on one entry.
  • Project must be original work and the Creator is responsible to ensure that the Project does not infringe on any third-party proprietary rights or intellectual property rights.
  • One Spark 2013 Creators are eligible to participate as Creators in One Spark 2014. However, One Spark 2013 Projects are not eligible for re-entry to One Spark 2014.
  • Project must be currently owned by the Creator or a collaborative group of Creators that is registered for One Spark 2014.
  • Creator Project must be set up in Venue on April 9, 2014 by 10:00 AM and exhibited during all One Spark 2013 Venue Showcase Hours:
    • Wednesday, April 9: 11am to 6pm
    • Thursday, April 10 - Saturday, April 12: 11am to 10pm
    • Sunday, April 13: 11am to 3pm
  • Project must be exhibited during One Spark 2014 and abide by One Spark Rules.
  • Creators are expected to attend and participate in One Spark 2014. Should a Creator fail to check-in at One Spark 2014, their Project will be deemed ineligible for prize distribution.
  • All Creators must submit at least two digital images and a video presentation (File types TBD) of the Project entry at the time of registration.
  • If a Project is time-based or performance-oriented, the project must:
    • Be performed within the five days (April 9, 2013 through April 13, 2013=4).
    • Be represented throughout the entirety of the event for voting and investment purposes, either by artifact or other representation agreed to by One Spark.
  • All Projects must abide by any and all applicable local, state or federal codes/ordinances/etc.
  • Creators are responsible for fees associated with installation, transport, and display, etc., as well as fees associated with hosting Venue requirements.
  • One Spark reserves the right to use all information, images, documentation, etc. of the Creator pertaining to the Project.
  • One Spark bears no liability to the Creator or Venue relating to the Project.
  • One Spark can disqualify any Project if deemed inappropriate.
  • Creators and Venues will complete a Venue-Creator Hosting Agreement for each Project, should the Venue require such an agreement.
  • Creators may not have an annual operating budget that exceeds $1,000,000.00
  • Creators may not sell their entries or other items in the Creator Zone during One Spark 2014. Creators may distribute promotional materials such as business cards and flyers.

Crowdfund & Voting

  • One Spark crowdfund monies will be distributed by public vote as described on the One Spark website.
  • The Creator Project receiving the most votes in each of the 5 Creator categories (Art, Innovation, Music, Science and Technology) will receive a $10,000.00 bonus award
  • Crowdfund voting opens on April 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM and closes on April 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM EST.
  • Voters must validate their voting registration in person at One Spark 2014.
  • Each registered voter may cast one vote per Project, voting for as many Projects as he or she likes via smartphone app, web, kiosk, or text message.
  • Creators are eligible to vote.
  • One Spark will announce winners on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the closing ceremony at 5:00 PM EST.
  • After verifying Creator Projects, One Spark will disburse funds approximately 6-8 weeks following the close of the event.
  • All monies provided by One Spark will be distributed by One Spark Inc., a nonprofit corporation.
  • Creator Projects must receive a minimum of 0.1% of the overall vote to qualify for distribution of payment. (Example: If there are 100,000 votes cast during One Spark 2014, a Creator’s Project would need to receive a minimum of 100 votes to receive their % of the crowdfund. Monies that would have been distributed to Creator’s Projects with less than 0.1% of the overall vote will be redistributed to those with greater than or equal to 0.1% of the overall vote.)
  • Monies received by Creators may be considered taxable income.

Immediate Individual Contributions

  • Immediate individual contributions will be pledged as described on the One Spark website at beonespark.com.
  • Immediate individual contributions open on April 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM and close April 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM EST.
  • Each registered voter or anyone with a registered One Spark account may make immediate individual contributions of any amount to any Project via smartphone app, web, or kiosk.
  • The Creator Project receiving the most in immediate individual contributions during the above-stated period via the above stated methods will receive a $10,000 bonus award in addition to their immediate individual contributions.
  • Creators may not contribute to their own Project.
  • Any Creator found to have received a contribution for the sole purpose of being awarded the $10,000 bonus award, and subsequently refunded said contribution to the contributor, shall forfeit the $10,000 bonus award.
  • While voters will be required to check-in at the event for the opportunity to vote, contributions may be made to Creators by any individual with a registered account.
  • After verifying Creator Projects, One Spark will disburse funds approximately 6-8 weeks following the close of the event.
  • Monies received by Creators may be considered taxable income.

Juried Prizes

  • A juried prize of $10,000.00 will be awarded to a chosen Creator in each of the 5 Creator categories
  • Each jury will be comprised of 1 to 5 category experts in each Creator category
  • The juried panel in each category will be selected by the One Spark board of directors following an open application period
  • The juried panel in each category will make 2 attempts to visit and speak with representative(s) of each Creator Project in their category during Creator showcase hours
  • The juried panel in each category will be the sole decider(s) of the juried prize award in their category and will present the award with One Spark at the closing ceremony