SPARKcon is about showcasing our local talent and coming up with ideas to foster it. ideaSPARK results have impacted and influenced the development of the area in abstract and concrete ways, including the design of the Raleigh City Plaza site and the inclusion of local designers in recent city proposal requests. Email us: idea@sparkcon.com

PechaKucha Night Raleighgroundworkk.com, Knowledge Drop, and my BIG fat Secret are our main events.  Be sure to download a free 2012 mBfs eBook courtesy of Cynergie Studio & follow the stream at Sleddogg Marketing’s Dream Initiative!

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PechaKucha Raleigh Vol. 15 | 6:40p

Eight great talks curated for creativity and delivered 20 x 20 style – that is, 20 slides, 20 seconds a slide, for a total presentation of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. In addition to the eight conversation-starting presentations, our keynote presenter, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, will present her own PechaKucha talk titled Arts in Our Community. The evening will also sparkle with improvisational jazz from Crowmeat Bob and dance from danceSPARK. If you like ideas, delivered in a concise format, you will not want to miss this event. Always inspiring and unexpected, you’ll love PechaKucha Night! PechaKucha Night Raleigh   Registerpknraleigh.com/register

WhereContemporary Art Museum (CAM)

Time: 6:40p – 8:40p (doors open at 5:40)reContemporary Art Museum (CAM)

Cost: $2 suggested donation at door (Managed by VAE, these funds fuel more PKN in the future.)

ThemeCreative Culture Clash

Musical GuestsCrowmeat Bob

Keynote: Mayor Nancy McFarlane 

MC: Julie McElmurry

Presenters 

  • 1. Katie Connors – Cultural Influence on Religion2. Alex Glenn – Trust the Gut; Alex Glenn’s Believe It or Not3. Mike Zhu – An Amazing Cup: 3rd Wave Coffee and Why the Barista Matters

    4. Brittany Iery & Susannah Brinkley – RDU Baton: Building a Community through Pictures

    15 Minute Break
    Musical Guest: Crowmeat Bob

    5. John Lowe –The Art of Conversation in a Technology Culture

    6. Jamie Katz & Lynda Dawson – Enthusiasm, Community, and Synergy: The Road to World of Bluegrass in Raleigh

    7. Jason Hibbets – The Balance of Creativity: Left Brain vs. Right Brain

    8. Heather Leah – What’s it Like Being a Superhero?

     

Refreshments: Lonerider Beer, NC Wines, New World Coffee

mBfs Pop-Up – Write your anonymous secret or dream | 6p – 9p

Find mBfs cards scattered around CAM and write down your secret thought, mood, or dream. Drop it in the mBfs box, and that’s it! During SPARKcon, the ideaSPARK team will collect, photograph, post, and tag (#mbfs2013) the cards, creating a streaming public gallery. Be PArt of the Art! Next year these cards will become part of a Community Art Collective. Download a free 2012 mBfs eBook courtesy of Cynergie Studio & follow the stream at Sleddogg Marketing’s Dream Initiative.


Where
: CAM   

Cost: Free!

groundworkk  | 6:15p

groundworkk aims to provide micro-funding and community support to deserving and inspiring local projects in Raleigh and Durham.

WhereNeptunes Parlour, 14 West Martin St, Raleigh, NC Time: 6:15p – 8p (doors open at 6p; presentations begin 6:15p) Cost: $5 suggested donation into the community mason jar.

The concept of groundworkk is simple… At groundworkk, attendees donate $5 to hear and learn about local community ideas and projects through short presentations and Question & Answer sessions. Presentations are followed by refreshments, and at that time, all attendees vote for their favorite project or idea. The winning idea/project is awarded the funds raised from that evening’s event!

Are you interested in presenting at this ideaSPARK and groundworkk  event?  Submit your idea to groundworrk!
YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest: groundworkk
Twitter: @groundworkk

Knowledge Drop | 6p – 8p

This is an exciting new skills-exchange network. Just post a notice or join the list at Knowledge Drop, specifying some skill or hobby you’re hoping to be introduced to, as well as a talent or passion you can offer to share, and links will be made! For example, maybe you’re an expert cherry-stem-knotter, and you’ve always wanted to learn how to properly install a doorknob. Now’s your chance to find someone with whom you can exchange your unique talents. No need to pay for a class or join a club. This is completely free; no money passes hands. Think of this as a modern, more streamlined version of the ol’ community bulletin boards at the laundromat or local college. But this is even better: it’s a focused way for people to expand their creative experience in a casual, unintimidating way. Is learning how to make your own paints from plants on your bucket list? I’m sure someone through Knowledge Drop can help you with that!

Where: Neptunes Parlour

Time: 6p – 8p

Cost: Free

mBfs Pop-Up – Write your anonymous secret or dream | 6p – 8p

Find mBfs cards scattered around NEPTUNES and write down your secret thought, mood, or dream. Drop it in the mBfs box, and that’s it! During SPARKcon, the ideaSPARK team will collect, photograph, post, and tag (#mbfs2013) the cards, creating a streaming public gallery. Be PArt of the Art! Next year these cards will become part of a Community Art Collective. Download a free 2012 mBfs eBook courtesy of Cynergie Studio & follow the stream at Sleddogg Marketing’s Dream Initiative!

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Where: Neptunes Parlour   Cost: Free

Knowledge Drop | 10a – 10p

This is an exciting new skills-exchange network. Just post a notice or join the list at Knowledge Drop, specifying some skill or hobby you’re hoping to be introduced to, as well as a talent or passion you can offer to share, and links will be made! For example, maybe you’re an expert cherry-stem-knotter, and you’ve always wanted to learn how to properly install a doorknob. Now’s your chance to find someone with whom you can exchange your unique talents. No need to pay for a class or join a club. This is completely free; no money passes hands. Think of this as a modern, more streamlined version of the ol’ community bulletin boards at the laundromat or local college. But this is even better: it’s a focused way for people to expand their creative experience in a casual, unintimidating way. Is learning how to make your own paints from plants on your bucket list? I’m sure someone through Knowledge Drop can help you with that!

Where: Fayetteville Street

Time: 10a – 10p

Cost: Free

mBfs – Write your anonymous secret or dream | 10a – 10p

Back by popular demand! Find our mBfs booth and roving back-packers on Fayetveille Street. Use the supplied cards and anonymously write down your secret thought, mood, or dream. Drop the card in the mBfs box, and you’re done! During SPARKcon, the ideaSPARK team will collect, photograph, post, and tag (#mbfs2013) the cards, creating a streaming public gallery. Be PArt of the Art! Next year these cards will become part of a Community Art Collective. Download a free 2012 mBfs eBook courtesy of Cynergie Studio & follow the stream at Sleddogg Marketing’s Dream Initiative!

Where: Fayetteville Street

Cost: Free

Knowledge Drop | 10a – 4p

This is an exciting new skills-exchange network. Just post a notice or join the list at Knowledge Drop, specifying some skill or hobby you’re hoping to be introduced to, as well as a talent or passion you can offer to share, and links will be made! For example, maybe you’re an expert cherry-stem-knotter, and you’ve always wanted to learn how to properly install a doorknob. Now’s your chance to find someone with whom you can exchange your unique talents. No need to pay for a class or join a club. This is completely free; no money passes hands. Think of this as a modern, more streamlined version of the ol’ community bulletin boards at the laundromat or local college. But this is even better: it’s a focused way for people to expand their creative experience in a casual, unintimidating way. Is learning how to make your own paints from plants on your bucket list? I’m sure someone through Knowledge Drop can help you with that!

Where: Fayetteville Street

Time: 10a – 4p

Cost: Free

mBfs – Write your anonymous secret or dream |  10a – 3p

Back by popular demand! Find our mBfs booth and roving back-packers on Fayetveille Street. Use the supplied cards and anonymously write down your secret thought, mood, or dream. Drop the card in the mBfs box, and you’re done! During SPARKcon, the ideaSPARK team will collect, photograph, post, and tag (#mbfs2013) the cards, creating a streaming public gallery. Be PArt of the Art! Next year these cards will become part of a Community Art Collective. Download a free 2012 mBfs eBook courtesy of Cynergie Studio & follow the stream at Sleddogg Marketing’s Dream Initiative!

Where: Fayetteville Street

Time: 10a – 10p

Cost: Free

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