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the SPARKbug Badge for the JouleBug Challenge If you’re reading this you’re probably interested in sustainability and most definitely literate. Hopefully you also know about SPARKcon, “The Triangle’s annual creative explosion” of arts, ideas, and all-around fascinating people held in downtown Raleigh and going on right now.  You may have also heard that we’re partnering up to feature The JouleBug Challenge, a free competition to green up SPARKcon and to give us an excuse to give away a Kindle Fire HD.

Oh you haven’t heard about The JouleBug Challenge? Step right this way to read all about it and see a .gif of Ron Swanson giggling over and over. Go ahead and read it! We’ll wait.

(Man this is taking a long time. Did I turn off the stove? Of course I did; I care about conserving energy.)

Oh hey! Welcome back. So now you know that we designed a limited edition Badge for SPARKconners to earn this weekend just for doing simple sustainable things like using the refilling water stations around downtown, drinking local beer, or using smarter transit options to get to and from events.

the ecoSPARK pin for the JouleBug Challenge

We’re also featuring an ecoSPARK Pin to highlight the creatively awesome (awesomely creative?) efforts of various SPARKs. You can earn it by checking out at least two events from the list below, and anyone who earns the SPARKbug Badge this weekend is eligible to win a Kindle Fire HD.

What are you waiting for? download the free iPhone app and get your sustainability on this weekend. Happy SPARKing!



Friday, Sept 14

JouleBug on the Main Stage | 500 Fayetteville St.

We’re taking the Main Stage to bring the energy savings to the people! Come learn more about how you can use JouleBug to put an average of $200 in utility savings a year. We’ll be giving away Klean Kanteens, Downtown Farmer’s Market gift cards, reusable sandwich bags and more!

Saturday, Sept 15

AIA Walking Tours | 213 Fayetteville St.

Go on a walking tour–and get to know Downtown Raleigh better–with a volunteer guide from the American Institute of Architects Tour of Residential Architecture. Get departure times and sign up at the AIA hub at the designSPARK Expo on Fayetteville Street.

Map Your Ride | Fayetteville and Martin St.

An Interactive Mapping Project! We’re taking over an intersection in the middle of SPARKcon to create a mini-urban environment based on location and transportation, but we need YOU to make it a reality. Participate in this ongoing mapping project to capture where visitors to SPARKcon have come from, how they got to the event, and where they have gone once at the Festival. The more people that take part, the more our building block city will grow!

Mud Stencils | Fayetteville and Martin St.

Help us temporarily make our mark on designSPARK, join this interactive project, and reproduce temporary images representing Raleigh on the streetscape.

Bar Art | Busy Bee Cafe (225 S. Wilmington St.)

Come make art after dark! artSPARK and The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild present BarArt! Join us and learn mixed media collage techniques for personalized postcards. Hosted upstairs at the Busy Bee, it’s relaxing, creative fun with an adult twist!

Tour de SPARK | The Fish Market (133 Fayetteville St.)

Are you the fastest cyclist on Fayetteville St? Sign up and compete in a simulated one on one 500m bike race down Fayetteville St. Race bikes are provided, so bring your best sprint speed if you are a CHAMPION. The race will take 36 or more seconds to finish.

I Ride I Recycle | Fayetteville at Hargett St.

Rival Skateboarding is organizing wheelSPARK for the SPARKcon festival. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever! We have teamed up with musicSPARK and graffitiSPARK for one messy collaboration. Skateboarders will be flying though the air and over cars while live music plays and several vehicles get tagged up by Raleigh’s finest. Also, local artists Morgan Beeson from The Vintage Bee and Chad Shooter will be upcycling used skateboards live into chairs and jewelry. We will also have a kid’s zone where younger ones can try out their skills on a mini skate park for fingerboards provided by vitaminwater.

bazaarSPARK | Fayetteville between Davie and Carbarrus St.

Around 50 local artists and designers selling their wares!

Sunday, Sept 16

designSPARK’s Respace Exhibition | 213 Fayetteville St.

This year we will be showcasing winning designs from the American Institute of Architecture – Triangle, excellent examples of Graphic Design from NCState, Design Based Winners of the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards, and the winners of the 2012 International ReSpace Design Competition.


See something we missed? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list.