It's called One Spark and the whole idea is to create a giant crowd source spark of encouragement and outright cash to creators for their projects. Everyone from artists to musicians to inventors to entrepreneurs to educators to scientists to adventurers set up display booths throughout the downtown area and hawked their idea and talent to thousands of people who passed by. Displays lined the streets and could be found in every nook and crannie of nearly every building in the downtown area. It was frigging fantastic!
The idea was that we, the public, registered to vote, either by cell, web, or on-site, and as we saw projects that we particularly liked, you voted for it. In my case, I used my cell so I simply had to text the number of the project to One Spark headquarters. The top 10 vote getters will split a $250,000 cash prize to help them fund their idea. Additionally, our new NFL team owner, Shad Khan, a billionaire Pakistani immigrant who made a fortune off of auto parts, put up a $1 million match for anyone who contributes hard cash to any of the start-up projects. Additionally, Khan has a group of investors who will look critically at any good idea that comes along. There's no telling how far this thing can go.
Unfortunately, Saturday morning dawned cold and wet so the day I had planned to take my camera to the party was ruined, but I did take some shots with my iPhone to share with you.
|I love art in public places and the Great Big Picture project placed neat stuff all over town.|
|Whimsy everywhere. Hoola hoopers, belly dancers, Star Wars invaders.|
|A vendor promoting sustainable, urban agriculture. They simply wanted to expose the idea to everyone.|
|A vendor hawking cold brew coffee that somehow comes out hot. They were looking for seed money for marketing.|
|A 20'x80' wall of photos of people who "make a difference". Mr. C made the wall (circled) as an environmentalist and non-profit grant writer. Don't ask me what the dog did.|
|One of my favorite projects and one I voted for; an artist who wants to paint 20 murals in one year throughout the city. The kind of shot in the arm many downtowns need.|