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JU to serve as One Spark curator, will offer free water taxi to event

From April 7-12 Jacksonville University will serve as a project curator for One Spark 2015, which is billed as the world’s largest crowdfunding festival. Open to the public, One Spark allows creators, artists, entrepreneurs and innovators to pitch their projects in a 20-square block area of downtown Jacksonville.

As part of its role as curator, JU will host nine creators in its prime venue at Main and Forsyth streets. Two of the creators are JU professors, with projects that include 3D printing and global business strategy. In addition, JU’s own music and video production studio is also participating. Other entrepreneurs in the venue have projects involving satellite technology, developing financial smartphone apps, and promoting healthy living through bamboo products.

Earlier this week, One Spark organizers announced the subject experts that will comprise seven juries to award $95,000 in prizes to top creator. Juries comprised of three to five jurors each will award six $15,000 prizes in each of One Spark’s six categories for projects: art, education, health & science, music, social good and technology. The seventh jury will award the $5,000 Jacksonville prize.

JU students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to take a free water taxi from campus to downtown this year, from 5-11 p.m. Friday, April 10; 5-11 p.m. Saturday, April 11; and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, April 12. JU ID card required.

Keep reading wavemagezineonline.com between now and next week to get more information on each creator Jacksonville University is hosting at its curator space.