One Spark kicks off at Daily's Place in downtown Jacksonville

Innovation festival runs through Saturday night


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One Spark 2018 kicked off Friday at the festival's new location in downtown Jacksonville.

The two-day event at Daily's Place Amphitheater runs through Saturday night. In past years, the idea fest took place in and around Hemming Park.

The festival showcases dozens of big ideas from creators and entrepreneurs. 

After a preview event Thursday night, hundreds showed up for the first day of the world's largest festival for ideas, which began at noon Friday.

At the metropolis of innovation, originators showed off their creative leaps of faith.

Creators Olivia Kern and Courtney Sloan turned $900 into shoes made by survivors of human trafficking in Thailand.

"That's all we had. We ran with our dream," Kern said.

The dynamic idea continues to grow. Kern and Sloan are not done, saying they want to build a home for the survivors too.

"That $900 has now produced over $100,000 in the last year, and all the proceeds go back to the individual who crafted the item," Sloan said.

For five years, creative ideas have flourished and soared at One Spark. Business owners are hopeful it will happen again this year. 

Jasmine Jones created The Primp Life Plan to encourage girls through comic books. 

"The main goal is to inspire young girls, to give them super confidence," Jones said. "So by the time they are older, they are able to make positive decisions."

There's inspiration for everyone at the festival. Mind Spark focuses on education. Tech Spark looks at technology. Life Spark looks at cool products for everything, including retail, fashion, the arts and film.

And though One Spark will only last for 48 hours, the ideas could live on for a lifetime. 

Day 2 of the festival will also start at noon. It will run through 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, concluding with One Spark After Dark, which features creative local bands and DJs. Click here for the full schedule.

Tickets are $12.50 per day, and children under 10 can attend for free. 

To buy tickets or learn more about this year's creators, visit onespark.com.

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