While our coverage of OneSpark will continue through the next week or so, the winners were announced in the OneSpark closing ceremonies emceed by Opelika Alabama leadership speaker, Doc Waller. Rain moved in to Downtown Jacksonville in the early afternoon Sunday, causing the festivities to move indoors to the Moran Theater at the Times Union Center.
Aside from the last day weather event, the weather held up perfectly for the over 550 creators that showed off their OneSpark projects, startups, and bands to over 300,000 attendees, topping the previous years record attendance. OneSpark co-founder and CEO Elton Rivas had speculated early on that they may see a downtick in attendance as it levels off, that didn’t seem to be the case.
OneSpark upped the ante in their juried award categories to a $15,000 prize. One winner in the categories of art, education, health & science, music, social good, and technology were selected by a jury of esteemed colleagues in their particular discipline or category.
The juried awards winners are:
● Art Juried Award presented by J. Johnson Gallery – The Grey Area
● Education Juried Award presented by The Schultz Center for Teaching & Leadership – Getting Early Engineers Ready for Success
● Health & Science Juried Award presented by GuideWell – Momentum – Obesity Treatment and Prevention for Tweens
● Social Good – Yoga 4 Change
● Technology Juried Award presented by Deutsche Bank – The Fastest Way to Change the Trash Guaranteed
There were 117,169 votes cast by attendees at One Spark 2015, and the top-voted winners also received additional awards of $15,000 in each category: art, education presented by Schultz Center for Teaching & Leadership, health & science, music, social good and technology presented by Beeline. The three top-voted creator projects in each category with crowdfunding and award totals are:
- Airing Grandma’s Laundry and Other Hush Hush Family Secrets: The Movie – $16,026.80 – 802 votes
- The Yarn Bomb – $909.01 – 710 Votes
- Let’s Tile Hemming Park – $907.73 – 709 Votes
- Adventures of Moxie Girl – $16,423.69 – 1,112 votes
- Textbook Boomerang – 1,419.85 – 1,109 votes
- Pik My Kid – $1,058.81 – 827 votes
- Health & Science:
- The Polar Pod – $16,111.30 – 868 votes
- Olive My Pickle – $891.09 – 696 votes
- Apple Project – $837.32 – 654 votes
- The Band Be Easy – $15,998.67 – 773 votes
- 21781 – Brittney Lawrence – $652.95 – 510 votes
- 21866 – Firewater Tent Revival – $588.94 – 460 votes
- Social Good:
- Yoga 4 Change – $17,001.11 – 1563 votes
- P226 – $1,349.44 – 1054 votes
- Pass That HRO! – $1,249.57 – 976 votes
- The City.Guide – $16,634.94 – 1,277 votes
- AA Leather Bible Bindery & Custom Leather Shoppe – $825.79 – 645 votes
- Snap Decision App – $620.95 – 485 votes
For the first time, a creator project took home two awards, both the Juried Award and the Top-Voted Award in a category. Yoga 4 Change brought home $32,001.11, the largest amount a single creator project at One Spark has ever received in awards and prize money.
The creator project that received the most individual contributions through the One Spark platform also received a $15,000 award. Project STUFFEE received that award for a total of $22,500.
In addition to the $350,000 in crowdfunds and cash awards, there was $93,324.45 contributed to creator projects, representing a greater than 75% increase in contribution to creator projects from attendees compared to 2014’s festival. This year, 229 projects chose to continue their crowdfunding campaigns for up to 30 days after the start of the festival, and contributions continue to be accepted for those projects on onespark.com.