SPARKcon

Seven collaboration steps to take a video from concept to reality

video collaboration tips

"We should make a video."

In this YouTube age, chances are you’ve said this before, or you’ve been around when a co-worker suggested it. Videos can be a solid way to explain a concept or showcase something in a way that words just can’t quite convey.

But creating a video from scratch can also be a lot for one person to tackle. » Read more

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How a festival gets planned and organized the open source way

SPARKcon open source festival

SPARKcon is an interdisciplinary creativity, art, and design festival produced by the non-profit creativity incubator, Visual Art Exchange (VAE). SPARKcon 2013 will be the 8th annual event and will be held September 12-15 in downtown Raleigh, NC. See an overview of the SPARKcon festival in this video. Read an interview with the founder of SPARKcon, Aly Khalifa, in this article.


My first encounter with SPARKcon was shortly after I moved to Raleigh when I saw someone wearing the T-shirt. Intrigued solely by the name, a quick web search told me that I had just missed the event, held each September in downtown Raleigh, and a great opportunity to get to know the local creative community.

SPARKcon is described as a "creative potluck" with an "open source, for the people, by the people" approach, showcasing "the creative hub of the South." 

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SPARKcon: Art, music, and success with open source process

SPARKcon: Art, music and success with open source process

Process over content. Aly Khalifa from Gamil Design and Designbox used this mantra to instill open source roots at SPARKcon—an annual event that showcases, celebrates, and influences the creative momentum naturally found in North Carolina's Triangle region. » Read more

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SPARKcon: Igniting creative thinkers with open source

SPARKcon: Organizing creative thinkers with open source

How do you celebrate the creativity of your community without falling into a rigid planning process? You open source it. By tapping into individuals' passions, their willingness to collaborate, and creating a culture of transparency, you can light a spark that will inspire unpredictable--yet reproducible--results. » Read more

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