New to One Spark 2014!
In addition to the crowdfund distributed by popular vote this year are additional juried awards in each of our Creator categories (Art, Music, Innovation, Science and Technology). Allowing the public to decide which Projects receive funding through the crowdfund is an integral part of One Spark’s mission to connect grassroots, independent Creators to the resources they need. We also believe that it is vital for Creators to receive critical validation from subject matter experts in the fields they seek to operate within.
We received a lot of outstanding applications for our 2014 Juries, but we ultimately decided on the following industry experts who we believe will seek out and select the very best Creator Project in each category to receive a $10,000 Juried Award as well as entry and airfare to One Spark Berlin.
These Juries will be on the ground, checking out each Creator Project in their respective categories to narrow their list down to 3 finalists, who will be announced on Saturday, 4/12 at 6:00 PM in Hemming Plaza. On Sunday, those finalists will pitch their Jury in front of a live audience - “Shark Tank” style - in Hemming Plaza and winners will be announced at Closing Ceremony.
Cookie Davis is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and has been successfully exhibiting her figurative sculptures and acrylic paintings throughout the southeast region of the United State's since the 1970's. Ms. Davis began with drawing classes when she was seven and continued through high school and college to work in charcoal, watercolors, pastels, oils and currently acrylics. Her work is in corporate and private collection both nationally and internationally.
After retiring from the corporate world in 2000, Cookie has worked full time as a professional artist, participating in both local and regional events and producing one person exhibits of sculptures and paintings. Currently associated with Avondale ArtWorks in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to exhibiting her work Ms. Davis has served as chairperson of St. Vincent's Jacksonville Fine Arts Festival (3 yrs) ,the Riverside Art Festival (3 yrs.) Art In The Boot and other local and regional shows. Beginning in the 1980's has served as juror for the Cedar Key Festival, Fernandina's Shrimp Festival and TAC and other groups and shows. Her community service has been directed to, St. Catherine's Laboure Manor, The Women's Center of Jacksonville, Patrons of the Hearts, brAIDS(ARTreach) (3 yrs), and the Jacksonville Minority AIDS Coalition. She is one of the founding members and currently an executive on the board of the Jacksonville Artist Guild. Ms. Davis has served on a number of boards developing opportunities for both emerging and professional artists.
Holly Keris is the Chief Curator at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. She received undergraduate degrees in History and Humanities from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and a graduate degree in the History of Art from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the staff at the Cummer, Holly worked at The Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida, the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, and for the City of Orlando's Public Art Program. She spent three years as Curator of Collections at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach and has been with The Cummer since 2003. Holly is an active community volunteer who serves on the City’s Art in Public Places Committee, is a trustee of the Memorial Park Association, and is a member of Leadership Jacksonville’s class of 2014.
Joel Adams was born and raised in the Northeast Florida area. He studied global visual culture, literature, and the arts at the University of Florida where he earned both a masters and a doctorate degree. From Gainesville, he went on to study information technology and the intersection of social media, art, and pedagogy as a post-doctorate fellow at the University of Michigan. He returned to Jacksonville in 2008 where he became the IB Film instructor at Stanton College Prep. Most recently, he traveled to Cardiff (Wales) and Amsterdam on behalf of the International Baccalaureate program as part of a committee to re-development global film studies curriculum for high school students. He lives in a century-old home in Springfield with his husband.
Eric has recently finished a double masters in biomedical and electrical engineering at the University of Florida. He has a passion for innovation and technology and has garnered experience in areas such as brain-machine interfacing, robotics, and synthetic biology. Currently, he is focusing on the development of a new method of DNA synthesis and is the founder of Geniqo Technologies.
Rodrigo is a civic innovator, researcher and problem solver whose work focuses on designing, building and analyzing tools to help communities, companies and governments innovate and collaborate for social good.
As a researcher at MIT's Center for Civic Media, Rodrigo founded the Civic Crowdfunding Research Project, a platform for social research on crowdfunding. He has served as an adviser and practitioner on civic innovation projects with the Mayoral offices of San Francisco and Boston, the United Nations Development Program and the UK-based crowdfunding platform Spacehive. Previously Rodrigo was a co-founding editor of Conde Nast's digital operations in India and a broadcast journalist at the BBC in London.
Rodrigo has been invited to speak about civic technology, innovation and engagement by SXSW Interactive (Austin, TX), Personal Democracy Forum (NYC), the Library of Congress, Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Kansas City Community Capital Fund and Boston Civic Expo.
Vivek is currently the Director of Innovation at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where he focuses on developing programs for student entrepreneurs to launch their ventures. Prior to his role at SCAD, Vivek had worn various hats as part of multiple startup teams in a number of different industries. He has consulted with corporate innovation groups, private incubators and done business advisory for early-stage startups. Vivek is also a veteran of Strategy and IT consulting. Along with his duties at SCAD, he currently is a mentor to Healthcare and Technology startups. Vivek holds a B.S. and M.P.H. from Benedictine University in Illinois and an M.B.A. from Emory University Goizueta Business School.
Jack DeYoung started his career at the music streaming service Grooveshark as the SVP of Artist/Label Relations. He licensed over 80 record labels, worked on substantial "bands and brands" advertising campaigns, and served on the executive team during his five years at the company. He also spent a year in New York working at Complex Media to help build their live music project SuperGlued. He has spoken at numerous music industry functions including CMJ, Billboard Latin Music Conference, OneMovement Perth, Australia, and Next Big Nashville. He is currently employed by Dalton Agency in Jacksonville, Florida. He was once yelled at by Kanye West (it was awesome) and he thinks The Replacements are the greatest band ever.
Jacksonville's very own BMI Songwriter, Makin' It Magazine Jr. A&R, and avid One Spark advocate "Blaza Duval" is currently positioning himself as one of the most promising talents in the Florida Hip-Hop/Rap scene.
Blaza’s debut radio single “Grind or Die” was released to iTunes in the 1st Quarter of 2013 and became one of the most successful independent singles of the year. Upon making its radio debut on 94.7 FM The Beat in North Carolina, "Grind or Die" logged steady run on radio airwaves in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, New York, Nevada, and various internet radio channels around the world. His debut single has also been streamed heavily on internet radio provider Jango Radio, where listeners worldwide have streamed it over 10,000 times since its release, with many fans residing in international countries; most notably in Israel and Japan.
The response generated by his steady radio play earned Blaza Duval three independent artist award nominations on the west coast, where "Grind or Die" has experienced the longest radio run in Las Vegas, NV and Los Angeles, CA on Hot 108 FM and Power 89 FM, respectively. His strong run on Hot 108 FM and Power 89 FM earned Blaza Duval nominations for Independent Single of the Year, Independent Male Artist of the Year, and Independent Hip-Hop/Rap Artist of the Year for 2013. Fans ultimately voted him as Independent Male Artist of the Year in 2013.
Blaza Duval hopes to share his industry knowledge as a songwriter and artist - as well as his ear as an A&R - on to aspiring creators with projects in the Music category while serving as a One Spark Music Juror.
Ron Cook was born with a love for music and has been a musician and performer since age 11. Following an award-winning career in the luxury hotel industry, Ron joined an Atlanta based private equity group and served as CEO of one of the firm’s portfolio companies.
Ron found a love for teaching and joined Full Sail University in 2005, where he was named Educator of the Year in 2007. He continues to produce concerts and perform regularly, and over the past several years has shared the stage with The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Drifters and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, to name just a few. An accredited investor and serial entrepreneur, today Ron maintains his own production and interactive publishing companies, is partner in a recording studio, maintains equity positions in several private companies, and is executive producer for an award-winning indie rock band who have licensed more than 20 original songs to ESPN, ABC, MTV and others.
An honors graduate of the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ron has a master’s degree in Psychology and is a Certified Financial Social Worker. He is an honorary faculty member at Michigan State University and serves on the Advisory Council for the Harvard Business Review. Ron is co-founder of Give ‘til it Rocks, an organization committed to using entertainment events to raise funds for nonprofits, and is Entertainment Chair for the American Cancer Society in Central Florida. An author and sought-after speaker, Ron is the Program Director for the Entertainment Business and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Master of Science degree programs at Full Sail University.
La Jolla, California
Noel Martin is a philosopher and cognitive scientist. Having completed a Master's Degree in Neurophilosophy from Georgia State University, he is now working toward an interdisciplinary PhD in philosophy and cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego. His work focuses on interdisciplinary issues in the sciences of the mind and moral philosophy. He also holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Humboldt State University.
Pere A. Ventura
Pere Ventura is a product development engineer with Biomet Microfixation where he develops plating, bone fixation and reconstructive systems for patient-matched medical procedures. In layman’s terms, he takes innovative medical concepts and makes them a reality to help heal and correct deformities caused by genetics and trauma. A fellowship recipient for Innovative New Research in the Field from the American Society for Artificial Organs, Pere has been an invited guest speaker at the annual conferences of both the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and the American Society for Artificial Organs.
He has a BS in exercise science with an emphasis in biomechanics from Brigham Young University and an MS in biomedical engineering from the University of Utah. A classically trained pianist and guitarist, he and his wife Jeanne reside in Jacksonville, FL.
W. Brian Lane, Ph.D.
W. Brian Lane, Ph.D., is a native of Jacksonville, FL, where he attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Jacksonville University (JU). He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Florida in 2008, and returned to JU as an Assistant Professor of Physics. From 2011-2012, Dr. Lane served as JU’s Interim Blackboard System Administrator, and from 2012-2013, he served as JU’s Interim Director of Engineering. For serving in these important roles, he received JU’s Faculty Excellence in University Service Award.
Dr. Lane’s goal at JU is to provide physics students with a complete experience of theoretical, computational, and experimental physics in a small-class liberal-arts environment; toward this end, he has developed numerous reform-based teaching activities for a wide range of courses (Introductory Physics, senior-level Electromagnetic Theory and Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Technical Communication). Dr. Lane is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Emerging Scholars Network.
Dr. Lane has conducted research in condensed matter physics, aviation physics, and physics education. He has published articles in Physical Review B and The Physics Teacher, and has presented at numerous professional meetings. With Dr. Paul Simony, he has also self-published a textbook titled Introductory Physics with Aviation Applications.
Joy Randels is a passionate entrepreneur who has been involved in building technology products, startups and businesses launching 13 ventures that help connect, secure and digitize the offline and online worlds for over a couple of decades. She is a highly energetic presenter and frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, security, mobile and cloud technology. Joy was named as one of the 25 to Watch in 2013 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and Biz941. She is the CEO of New Market Partners, a startup advisory and investment firm she founded in 2003 which assists emerging technology companies in building successful scalable businesses, conducting due diligence and preparation for capital raises, mergers and acquisition. Joy is also the co-founder of Applied G2 an information security and computer forensics company and Nurturism Media Group a digital media firm. Joy runs Startup Grind Chapters in Florida and serves on the boards of several technology startups and two non-profits focused on the technology community.
Joy has seen success through the acquisition of several startup ventures, most recently Velocitude, a mobile technology company acquired just 14 months after launch by Akamai Technologies. Capitalizing on years of experience she has led two IPO’s, 17 acquisitions for major tech companies and nine of her companies have been acquired. She has led public and private companies from bootstrap through venture, IPO and acquisition; raising over $320M in capital and leading teams generating in excess of $15B in revenue. Joy has played key roles the design and development tech software, hardware and professional service offerings for 20 years; working with the some of the foremost companies in the world. She has held top executive positions at industry leaders, Apple, Netegrity, Cheyenne Software and CA Technologies. Venture Capital and Private Equity firms call on her as an Entrepreneur in Residence for due diligence, turnarounds and global expansion strategies. Her contributions range from CXO to data architecture, intellectual property strategies and business development.
Joy is an active angel investor and a member of Common Angels, Bay Angels, Atlanta Technology Angels and TiE Tampa. Joy is an alumnus of the University of Georgia, Emory University Goizueta School of Business, Harvard Management School and MIT and she holds multiple security, forensics and technical industry certifications.
Kyle Sandler is a serial new media entrepreneur having founded Thedroidguy.com, Nibletz.com and Techfaster.com. Through nearly a decade in new media startups, Sandler has touched, worked with or helped over 1,000 startups across multiple disciplines. He's passionate about creators, thinkers, entrepreneurs, and problem solvers.
Sandler founded the Everywhere Else startup conference and movement promoting startups outside of traditional tech hubs before passing on the torch in 2013.
At the Inaugural One Spark last year, as a media partner, Sandler, talked with, interviewed and started relationships with over 200 Onespark creators. Although he originally hails from Baltimore and now resides outside of Atlanta, Sandler has been passionate about what's going on in the Jacksonville area and OneSpark since the beginning when he met Elton Rivas before the first One Spark festival.
Tom has been an entrepreneur since his days as a paperboy in St. Augustine, Florida. Today, he is the founder of Molehill, a Jacksonville-based product development shop that has a passion for building simple, elegant and beautiful SASS (software-as-a-service) applications. His success and the success of Molehill comes from a undying devotion to detail and unapologetic philosophy that great software solves problems.
In 1996, Tom started building web-based applications for clients, helping them realize the potential they could have given the right software. In 2001, his company launched its first subscription-based software and now has four successful products in the SASS industry: Tick - a small business time tracking application, Buzzsprout, mSites and StreamCare.
Even while running a successful company, Tom lives by the principle that success is not just about dollar amounts and time spent building products. He loves spending time with his wife and four kids and being able to volunteer at his church, participate as a board member for Ignition Point Ministries, and be an advisor for Rethreaded Inc.