IDEAS For Us | April 1, 2015

10K Trees Jax Gets Matched at One Spark & Partners with Local Students


10,000 Trees Jax Organizers are gearing up for the 2015 One Spark Crowdfunding Festival in Downtown Jacksonville. The event will host 555 projects and offer $350,000 in guaranteed crowdfunding.

Creators submit projects and buildings within the geographic scope of the festival serve as Hosts for creator installations. 10,000 Trees Jax received requests from five different venues after announcing they would return for a second time.

Organizers decided to stick with their hosts from 2014 – the Florida Next Foundation,  a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to empower young people, entrepreneurs and small businesses so they can drive the innovation needed to enhance Florida’s economy and quality of life.


Florida Next will host creators on the 6th floor of the Sun Trust building on Laura street. Being on the 6th floor may seem a bit out of the way, but it tends to draw attendees who are more engaged. The relative silence of the venue also offers creators a chance to pitch their projects without having to talk over music.

At the same time, it’s not likely that 100% of attendees will make it to the sixth floor. One Spark is all about votes, so project Organizers will have to work the festival aggressively to get the votes they need to win the grand prize in the Social Good category. They plan on doing that through a volunteer field operation powered by local high school students.


To that end they have partnered with students from two local high schools: Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Episcopal School of Jacksonville. The National Junior Honor Society at Douglas Anderson (a group with over 60 students) led by Kierstyn Granzow  has agreed to help work the field along with members of the Green Club at Episcopal led by Zach Smitha (both pictured below).


Keep a look out for this group of young an energetic organizers who are passionate about reforesting Jacksonville, one native tree at a time!