One Spark 2015

Billed as a unique program to help the city's at-risk youth, the One City, One Jacksonville Leadership Week is connecting 100 young men with some of the city's top political and faith leaders this week. The goal is to help them make better decisions, respect authority, and do well in school. We speak with Rev. John E. Guns, founder of Operation Save Our Sons, who organized the initiative with the City of Jacksonville.

The sixth police involved shooting of the year in Jacksonville has one family calling for answers. Police officers shot 28-year-old D'Angelo Stallworth after they say he held a gun at an officer's chest during an altercation. However the attorney for Stallworth's family says a second autopsy refutes the police story about what led to his shooting death. We speak with Stallworth family attorney Rick Block.

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The Jacksonville Public Library opened a new space Thursday to give start-up founders a place to collaborate.

A peer support group called the Jacksonville Community of Entrepreneurs, which formed from this year's One Spark, will meet on the second floor of the downtown library to provide mentoring, networking opportunities and workshops.

Raquel Steffens is one of the community’s co-founders. She says the library provides a space where anyone can develop their ideas.

With just a few days left until Jacksonville’s runoff election, the endorsements are flying in the city’s mayor’s race. Incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown and challenger Lenny Curry are in a fight to the finish in what’s expected to be a close election. Earlier this week, former mayor John Delaney joined us to explain why he has decided to endorse Mr. Curry. Today we welcome high-profile supporter of Alvin Brown, Jacksonville author, historian and activist Wayne Wood.

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St. Augustine will commemorate 450 years as the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States this year. Anniversary planning has been an arduous process for St. Augustine City officials, and with only six months to go, there is still much to be done. The 450th has been the subject of many heated discussions, with many questioning the finances and the plans. We speak with Dana St. Claire, director of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration, and Alexa Epitropoulos, reporter with the Jacksonville Business Journal.

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One Spark festival attendees cast nearly 120,000 votes during the Jacksonville event that ended Sunday. The top creators walked away with hundreds of thousands of dollars to pursue their ideas.

Closing ceremony emcee Doc Waller started with some stats, like the number of people who visited downtown Jacksonville for this year’s festival.

“Over 300,000!” he shouted. “That’s crazy!”

And $350,000 was the amount of money divided between award winners.

Note: This episode was recorded in from of a live audience at MOCA Jacksonville the night of April 9, 2015.

On our final broadcast from the One Spark 2015 crowdfunding festival, we look at what goes into choosing the winning projects for several special awards with jurors Lukas Costas, Grace Belangia, Jay Harris and Jane Evans.

Jason Pratt, co-owner of the outdoor design company and successful One Spark 2014 creator Pratt Guys, and One Spark volunteer Kristyn Galane join us to discuss what goes into making the festival happen.

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 Note: This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at MOCA Jacksonville the night of April 8, 2015.

  As crowds descend on downtown for the first official day of voting for One Spark 2015, the crowdfunding festival's founders Elton Rivas, Dennis Eusebio and Varick Rosete join us to discuss how it started and what is new this year.

We also learn about some of the film projects currently being screened at the MOCA Jacksonville theater from filmmakers Michael Glinski, Derek Boyd Hankerson, Keagan Anfuso, Drew Brown, and Kim Murray.

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Note: This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at MOCA Jacksonville the night of Tuesday, April 7 2015.

As the 2015 One Spark crowdfunding festival begins, we speak with special One Spark Speaker Summit guests Tamara Mendelsohn, VP of marketing for EventBrite, Ryan Feit, CEO of SeedInvest, and Maya Penn, CEO of Maya's Ideas.

MOCA Jacksonville Director of Communications Denise Reagan joins us to discuss the museum's ongoing MOCA is Now campaign and special programming during the festival.

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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. 

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.  

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This week marks the third year in a row thousands of people are coming to downtown Jacksonville for the city’s One Spark festival.

The massive crowdfunding event is keeping the city in the spotlight beyond the First Coast.

Jacksonville’s third annual One Spark crowdfunding festival is more than just a hub for innovators seeking money for their projects.

It’s also a major branding opportunity for the city.

WJCT analyst John Burr says the festival founders need to capitalize on the event’s success and keep thinking big.

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As the third annual One Spark crowdfunding festival kicks off in downtown Jacksonville, we look at the economic and cultural impact the event has had so far with WJCT business analyst John Burr.

Dr. Scot Ackerman of Jacksonville's Ackerman Cancer Center joins us to discuss proton therapy, a precise, cutting-edge form of radiation used to treat cancer.

And we get a preview of State Aurora's production of "The Color Purple" from cast members Felecia Ewing, Tyrone Lennen and Jennie Baker.

Jacksonville University is making new efforts to help Jacksonville's Arlington neighborhood, including a community development program and a Charter Day of Service. We speak with Jacksonville University President Tim Cost and Brigadier General (Retired) Michael Fleming, JU's Chief Government, Military & Community Relations Officer.

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With crowds expected to flock to next week’s One Spark festival in downtown Jacksonville, work on the Main Street Bridge will be temporarily paused. The project of rehabbing the nearly 70-year-old bridge often causes delays with frequent lane closures. That work is scheduled to be complete by summer, but Florida Transportation Department spokesman Ron Tittle says other traffic delays are here to stay.

DTJax App Aimed At Bringing Jacksonville Skyline To Life

Apr 2, 2015
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The DTJax app for iPhone is designed to offer more information about businesses including restaurants and shops. Developers hope users will be able to explore and experience downtown Jacksonville on a whole new, interactive level.

Justin Kane, CEO and co-founder of ifTrue Solutions, along with Corey Stagner and T.J. Dalisay, all Jacksonville natives, have been dedicating time to their project for One Spark 2015. “We want to see our downtown flourish,” Kane said.