Matchmaking For Creators

With more than 70 registered Venues, there are hundreds of opportunities to be a part of One Spark. To participate in One Spark, Creators must be invited by a Venue during Matchmaking. Venues will house Creator entries during all five days of the event, and serve as bases of operation. Outside of required Venue exhibition, Creators may increase their visibility by taking advantage of three other optional opportunities: Community First Pitch Decks, entertainment stages, and One Spark After Dark performances. Matchmaking/scheduling for each of these opportunities works just a little bit differently.

Creator-Venue Matchmaking (Entry Selection)

February 14, 2014 - February 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST

  • During Matchmaking, Creators and Venues will browse, connect, and communicate with one another:
    • Creators may register and submit entries online from December 1, 2013 - February 21, 2014, 11:59 PM EST.
    • During matchmaking, February 14, 2014 - February 28, 2014, 11:59 PM EST., Creators may browse and express interest in Venues to initiate a conversation.
    • Venues may view entries, sort them by Project category, and engage Creators directly to discuss exhibition requirements and details.
    • Creators and Venues may communicate online via messaging and will work together to create a Venue-Creator Hosting Agreement.
    • The Venue will send the Creator a final invitation to host and agreement. The Creator may either accept or decline this invitation.
    • Upon acceptance, the Creator drops off the inventory list and his/her project is entered as an official One Spark 2014 entry.
  • Matchmaking closes February 28 , 2014, 11:59 PM EST. At midnight, matchmaking features will be disabled. One Spark will pull the Creator roster for each Venue, and compile accepted Projects into an official list. Creator Projects will then be showcased online in a gallery format.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • One Spark is not involved in the matchmaking or negotiations process. We only provide an online platform to facilitate. It's up to Venues and Creators to connect and reach an agreement.
  • Each Venue has its own selection criteria and process. If you have questions about a particular Venue, please contact that Venue directly.
  • Venues may invite/host multiple Creators, but Creators can only select one primary Venue.
  • Creators may show interest in a Venue, but Venues are the ones who issue invitations.
  • Venues and Creators should discuss and outline terms in a Venue-Creator Hosting Agreement before making their final decision online.
  • If you do not receive acceptance notification from One Spark, your Project is not eligible for One Spark 2014.

Creator Matchmaking Tips

When it comes to Matchmaking, there are several ways to improve your chances of finding your perfect fit.

6 Steps To Finding Your Perfect Match:

Step 1: Update Your Creator Profile (Pronto).

During Creator Registration, please log in to your One Spark account and update your profile and Project. Add photos, descriptions, space needs, and other details. The more complete and attractive your profile, the easier it will be to connect with Venues (entry selectors) and additional promotional opportunities.

Step 2: Promote your Project

Ultimately, it is the Venues who decide who gets to showcase at One Spark, but get a leg up on the competition by sharing your Project on Facebook and racking up those Likes. This shows the Venues that people are interested in what you’re doing and that you know how to bring people to their space.

Step 3: Browse Venue Profiles (Beginning February 14, 2014)

Once Matchmaking opens, browse Venue profiles, looking for the best spaces to fit your unique Project, needs, and creative vision.

Step 4: Start A Conversation

Don't wait around for Venues, let 'em know you're interested! Creators may express interest in Venues to notify them directly. Once you hear from a Venue, work with them to discuss needs, requirements, and other partnership details to complete a Venue-Creator Hosting Agreement.

Step 5: Reach A Venue-Creator Hosting Agreement

The Venue-Creator Hosting Agreement is an agreement between one Venue and one Creator (individual or group of individuals) that outlines all exhibition details including entry and exhibition space, installation and removal, promotion, insurance, security, and more. Venues that host more than one Creator will need one agreement for each Creator. One Spark does not require a copy of Venue-Creator Hosting Agreements. As a starting point, Creators and Venues may download a template.

Step 6: Make Your Final Decision (By February 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST)

Ultimately, Venues select Creators and official One Spark Projects, but Creators get to "yay" or "nay" the offer first. After discussing terms with a Creator, a Venue will send the Creator a final invitation to host and agreement. The Creator may then accept or decline the invitation. Accept the invitation and your Project entry will be removed from the Matchmaking "inventory" (but still show online). At midnight EST on February 28, 2013, Matchmaking features will be disabled. One Spark will pull the Creator roster for each Venue, and compile accepted entries into an official list. Projects will then be showcased online in a gallery format.