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Thousands Turn Out For Jacksonville One Spark Opening Ceremony

Jessica Palombo


The third-ever Jacksonville One Spark Festival is underway downtown. Thousands of people turned out for the opening ceremony Tuesday night. 

The crowd funding festival kicked off in Hemming Park as the sun was setting.

“I want you to hash tag #OneSpark2015 until your fingers start hurting, OK?” emcee Doc Waller told the crowd. 

Credit Jessica Palombo / WJCT News
The UNF Enlivened Spaces class created this great white shark, which will be swimming in the Hemming Park fountain throughout One Spark.

Waller said he wanted news of the festival to spread around the world in a night on social media. He also invited attendees to download the One Spark app so they can vote for and contribute to more than 500 creator projects.  

“You’re the ones who are going to decide if the creators can take their ideas to the next level," he said. "You’re the ones who are going to turn their small ideas into something huge.”

  One Spark voting runs through Sunday at 3 p.m. Then winners will be awarded their money at the closing ceremony from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP