Speaker Series

Speaker
Series

Bringing together some of the brightest and most inspiring minds in design and innovation to share their ideas at The World’s Crowdfunding Festival.

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Tickets are $250 per person and seats are limited

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All Access Pass $195 value
Coffee and Refreshments Daily
Free WiFi & lounge area Speaker Series attendees only

Speakers

Abby Fox & Sullivan Sweet

Madison, Wisconsin

Abby Fox & Sullivan Sweet

Students/co presidents of Fractal Engineering

Sullivan is a sophomore at the Stanford University Online High School. He participates in the debate team and the robotics team outside of school. During whatever free time he has, you can find him in his basement fiddling with his Raspberry Pi or his 3D printer.

Abby is a sophomore at West High School. She was the captain of a group of kids that designed, provisionally patented and sold a product to a multibillion dollar company as part of a competition. She is interested in engineering, business and solving rubiks cubes.

Brian Meece

Brooklyn, New York

Brian Meece

CEO, RocketHub

Brian Meece plays a mean ukulele and is the CEO of RocketHub, one of the world's top crowdfunding platforms. He has lectured on crowdsourced funding at SXSW, TEDx, Columbia University, Makers Faire, White House roundtables, among other colleges, conferences and institutions. His goal? To teach creatives & entrepreneurs how to leverage the crowd for funding their endeavours.

RocketHub is known as ‘The World's Crowdfunding Machine’. The company has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Nature, Scientific American, NPR, Wired, Nature, The Economist, CNN, The Washington Post, ABC News, USA Today – while helping thousands of funding campaigns raise millions of dollars globally.

Doc Waller

Atlanta, Georgia

Doc Waller

Inspiration Architect, Becoming Possible

To make a long story short, I've been fortunate enough to acquire some rather amazing/rare experiences (and valuable skills) that have given me an authentic desire to create work that inspires other people. Those experiences span four years in the USAF, NYC & regional theatre, national television, independently produced performances, work with professional dance companies, TEDx stages, national Emcee work for prominent brands & organizations, teaching artist opportunities, administrative work at respected talent agencies & NY theatres, founding my own Alabama nonprofit Arts organization, curriculum/workshop development for k-12 schools & universities across the southeast, and a very long list of other creative endeavors that will probably take up too much space. I adore jazz, running, and watching re-runs of the Cosby Show on Youtube.

James White

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

James White

Founder/Designer, Signalnoise Studio

James White is a Canadian artist and designer based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is the 1-man wrecking crew behind the Signalnoise Studio where he produces visual artistry for professional and personal projects. He began his career as a designer in 1998 but started drawing way back in 1981 at the age of 4. His creative path has led to him woking with clients such as Nike, MTV, Google, Wired, VH1, Kevin Smith, UbiSoft and more. He enjoys colourful stuff, nerdy things, Bezier points and a good metal song.

Jeff Barlow

Seattle, Washington

Jeff Barlow

Creative Manager, In-Store Experience, Starbucks

Jeff's passion for typography (or is it a scary obsession?) comprises a large part of his design identity and is reflected in all of the work he creates. His poster work and ideas have been featured in the HOW International Design Annual, the HOW Self-Promotion Annual, and Communication Arts. His design experience includes work for Starbucks, Expedia, InfoSpace, National MS Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Disney.

To say Jeff's design enthusiasm is contagious would be an understatement. He has shared his love of design, concept, and typography with anyone who will listen, from individuals to large groups. He is a creative manager at Starbucks Global Creative, and was principal and creative director at Jelvetica in Seattle. He also recently finished his role as President of AIGA Seattle.

Joanna Schwartz

Miami, Florida

Joanna Schwartz

CEO, EarlyShares

Joanna is an accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience founding and leading financial services, technology, consumer product, and ecommerce businesses. As Managing Director of small-balance commercial lender Silver Hill Financial,

Joanna led the company from inception to over $1 billion in annual volume. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer at EarlyShares.com, an equity crowdfunding platform poised to transform the $2 Trillion early stage finance market. A passionate advocate for entrepreneurship, Joanna has served as the Chapter Chair for Young Presidents' Organization – YPO Miami. She has a BA from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

John Biggs

Brooklyn, New York

John Biggs

East Coast Editor, TechCrunch

John Biggs has been writing and speaking for more than a decade on technology. He is a former IT guy turned journalist and loves talking about what he’s seen in his extensive travels, including his experience in worldwide manufacturing. John is a futurist and an optimist and feels he can express that excitement to an audience.

John has written two books, "Black Hat" and "Bloggers Boot Camp" and has a number of titles forthcoming. He writes for the New York Times, TechCrunch, and was the former editor of Gizmodo.

John lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Joanna and three children.

Moldover

San Francisco, California

Moldover

Musical Anti-Hero, Moldover Music

If technology and music are your life, brace yourself- MOLDOVER is about to reformat your soul. Hailed by over 1,000,000 YouTube viewers as "The Godfather of Controllerism", Moldover is a new breed of music icon. Combining the charisma of a rock star, the mad genius of a basement inventor, and the radical inclusiveness of the DIY internet generation, Moldover is "literally throwing away the rule book and reinventing the wheel" (Remix Magazine). Witness his balls-to-the-wall LIVE SHOW at a club, experience one of his JAMBOX multiplayer instruments at a festival, or pick up and play the "LIGHT THEREMIN" packaging of his debut album and understand why the next paradigm for music is a one-man-brand called Moldover.

Russ Unger

Chicago, Illinois

Russ Unger

Experience Design Director, GE Capital Americas

Russ Unger is an Experience Design Director for GE Capital Americas where he leads teams and projects in design and research . He is co-author of the book A Project Guide to UX Design, Designing the Conversation, and Speaker Camp for New Riders (Voices That Matter). Russ is also working on a book on guerrilla design and research methods that is due out well, sometime.

Russ is co-founder of ChicagoCamps, which hosts low-cost, high-value technology events in the Chicago area, and he is also on the Advisory Board for the Department of Web Design and Development at Harrington College of Design. Russ has 2 daughters who both draw better than he does and are currently beginning to surpass his limited abilities in coding.

Scott Padgett

Columbia, South Carolina

Dr. Scott Padgett

Musical Stylings

Dr. Scott Padgett is a music writer, producer & archivist dating back to his college days as a program director at WUSC radio in Columbia, SC. He followed that with radio programming & production work in the new frontier of the 'FM underground'. A stint as music editor at the southeast's pioneering alternative newsweekly Osceola Magazine led to becoming the first music writer/columnist at Free Times Magazine. His work appeared in Billboard, the Village Voice, Rolling Stone and practically every other regional art/political outlet extant through the early nineties.

After a stint in radio in Los Angeles & later at Warner Brothers Studios, he returned to the south where he and co-conspirator Steve Gibson vowed to bring live spectrum-spanning music to the masses. Thus was born the legendary Rockafellas music venue and artist management company. Working through Ian Copeland's legendary musical talent booking firm FBI, the likes of Soundgarden, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, et. al. were initially exposed to club venues all over the U.S. He is a contributor and social media monitor for semi-important e-music rags as well as several fly-by-night blogs and has a music industry specific twitter account @AntiBonIver which draws on a digest of 104 music news outlets for content.

Scott Stratten

Toronto, Canada

Scott Stratten

President, Un-Marketing

Scott Stratten is an expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing which he calls Un-Marketing. Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager and a Professor at the Sheridan College School of Business, he ran his “UnAgency” for a nearlya decade before solely focusing on speaking at events for companies like PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross, Hard Rock Cafe, Cirque du Soleil, Saks Fifth Avenue, Deloitte and Fidelity Investments when they need help guiding their way through the viral/social media and relationship marketing landscape. He now has over 150,000 people follow his daily rantings on Twitter and was named one of the top 5 social media influencers in the world on Forbes.com.

His first book “UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging” became a national best-seller before it was released. It was named one of the top business books of the year by 1-800-CEO READ and one of the top 10 books by Under30CEO.com. His newest book entitled “The Book Of Business Awesome: How Engaging Your Customers And Employees Can Make Your Business Thrive” is also a best-seller, breaking the rules of how companies are truly marketed and grown through the current online/offline world. His clients’ viral marketing videos have been viewed over 60 million times and he’s recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN.com, Inc.com and Fast Company and was named one of “America’s 10 Marketing Gurus” by Business Review USA. That plus $5 gets him a coffee anywhere in the world.

Wil Reynolds

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wil Reynolds

Founder, SEER Interactive

Over the past 13 years, Wil Reynolds has dedicated himself to doing two things well: driving traffic to sites from search engines and analyzing the impact that traffic has on the bottom line of companies. Wil’s career began at a web marketing agency in 1999, where he spearheaded the SEO strategies for companies like Barnes & Noble, Disney, Harman Kardon, Debeers, Doubleclick, Hotjobs, and Mercedes Benz USA.

For the last 6 years, Wil and the team of search professionals at SEER Interactive have been assisting clients in maximizing their visibility and sales using search engines in both SEO and SEM. You can catch Wil speaking with anyone who wants to learn about search, whether it is in a coffee shop or a major conference, it just runs through the veins! His goal at every speaking engagement is simple: Make sure everyone walks out with at least 1 new piece of information or perspective on an SEO topic.

Schedule

The series takes place on Thursday April 10th and Friday, April 11th during One Spark with a different track each day. Speaker Doc Waller will emcee the two-day event and will be joined by Dr. Scott Padgett, who will spin talk-relevant tunes.

Thursday, April 10 (Design/Inspiration)

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Coffee and Check-In
Coffee and Check-In
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Joanna Schwartz
Joanna Schwartz
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jeff Barlow
Jeff Barlow
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch
Lunch (may we recommend Food Village presented by San Marco Dining District?)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Abby Fox & Sullivan Sweet
Abby Fox & Sullivan Sweet
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
John Biggs
John Biggs
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
James White
James White

Friday, April 11 (Business/Innovation)

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Coffee and Check-In
Coffee and Check-In
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Brian Meece
Brian Meece
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wil Reynolds
Wil Reynolds
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch
Lunch (may we recommend Food Village presented by San Marco Dining District?)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Moldover
Moldover
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Russ Unger
Russ Unger
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Scott Stratten
Scott Stratten

Corporate Packages

Corporate ticket packages are available and are accompanied by One Spark 2014 sponsor benefits. To be eligible, you must purchase a minimum of 20 tickets. Please connect with us for more details.

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Special Thanks!

Special thanks to guest speaker and nGen Works owner/founder Carl Smith , who along with his team has dedicated countless hours toward making the One Spark 2014 Speaker Series a success. nGen Works: Building Beautiful Experiences For A Multi-Screen World.

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Tickets are $250 per person and seats are limited