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If you have an apple and I have an apple, and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea, and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
- George Bernard Shaw

Sparky Award Winners


(2009) Share what you've got
Produced by Kazuyuki Ishii; sound and music by Jesse Cook, Savannah College of Art and Design

(2008) To Infinity and Beyond
By Danaya Panya, Sebastian Rivera, Hemanth Sirandas, Uriel Rotstein, and Jaymeni Patel, University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College

2009 Award Winners
From left to right: Hemanth, Jaymeni, Uriel, Dana, and Sebastian

(2007) Share
Created by: Habib Yazdi
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CO


(2009) Clueless Discovery
By Aaron Ludwig, Brigham Young University


(2009) Ideas come together
Produced by Danielle Johnson, Savannah College of Art and Design

(2008) How to Make Things Easier   
By Taejin Kim, Savannah College of Art and Design

(2007) Pri Vetai: Private Eye
Directed by Tommy McCauley and Max Silver Cinematography by Tommy McCauley Written by Max Silver Music by Bert Mueller Edited by Max Silver with Shauna Lawhorne Starring: Max Silver as Pri Vetai Tommy McCauley as Captain No-Info Carmen Ross as Carmen Michael Bonin as Citizen
Carleton College, MD


(2008) Brighter
By Christopher Wetzel, Ohio Northern University

(2007) An Open Access Manifesto
Film by Romel Espinel and Josh Hadro, as a final project for Pratt SILS 697 Scholarly Communications.  Images, either Creative Commons or Public Domain, from: Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein  Peter Suber, Open Access News Blog Directory of Open Access Journals, Lund University Libraries, Head Office Author Addendum and SPARC homepage c 2007 by SPARC SPARC Open Access PDF, publication OA2004, p. 3  Talent: Professor: Tim Hadro Manifesto voice: Sam Robertson Narration: Josh Hadro Drawing Hand: Romel Espinel
Pratt Institute, NY


(2009) Grow
Produced by Lyle Hawthorne; music, “Colors all around me” (2009) by Hillary Chase, Goucher College

(2008) GrowUp
By Cécile Iran, Laurie Glassmann, Christophe Zidler, Aldric de Villartay, University of Versailles-Saint Quentin, France


2009 Entries

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2008 Entries

Inducing Revelations
Lauren Gomez, Ellyse Gillogley, Ty Lyman

Rhythm of Thoughts
William Mok, Gavin Wong, Alex Ajayi, Nathan Cline, Ava Peng, Evan Gillogley, Peter Seto, Alaina Fong

Share it?
Bertrand Cannamela

Share is Life
Rubio, Seba, Varisellaz

A brilliant idea
Turpin Kevin
University of Versailles-Saint Quentin, France

Anyone can share information much more quickly than the traditional media
University of Versailles-Saint Quentin, France

A Brighter Future
Dave Reyburn
Savannah College of Art & Design, GA

The Leak
Rohan Narang
Savannah College of Art & Design, GA

Lauren Fundora
Savannah College of Art & Design, GA

Information Sharing
Mo Ghayour
Savannah College of Art & Design, GA

Alyssa Morley (Production), Sarah Wallis (Voice Actor)
Savannah College of Art & Design, GA

Sae byull Lee
Savannah College of Art & Design, GA

Open Access or Death
Chettiah, Desai, Flores, Fountas, Kashyap, and Kim
University of Illinois, IL

When Knowledge Hits
Michael Blalock, Jesse Budlong, Aisha Burton, Jacob Cayia, and Christine Oscai
University of Illinois, IL

Jane Bialek
University of Illinois, IL

A Lifetime of Free Information
Hedaiah Abuobeid, Arturo Aguirre, Jane Bialek, Amanda Lee, Matt McGrath, Sharda Mundada Dave Smith
University of Illinois, IL

Learn More
Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder
Purdue University, IN

The Elephant
Sigrid Kelsey
Louisiana State University, LA

Look, The Internet
Jeanne Mansfield, Gameli Anumu, James Orlando
Boston University, MA

Sharing Information is Just FUN for EVERYONE!!!!!!!
Andrew Dicharry, Jason Sheedy, Mark Lopez, Laken

Let's Share!
Directed by Zach Mason Cast- Jamie McCoy, Waheed Zarif, Christopher Kendig
Dartmouth College , NH

Reframing Our World
Directed by: Olivia Snyder-Spak Eric Schwager Concept by: Olivia Snyder-Spak Eric Schwager Script and Editing by: Olivia Snyder-Spak CAST A Melancholy Life: Willa Johann ARenaissanceMan: Tyler Quinn Tour Guide: Alfredo Tour Guide Voice: Peter Ciardelli Tour Group: Ingrid Liu Zoe Lawrence Kevin Dinh Connor Hoeferlin Chris Wu Shawn Stewart Tabetha Xavier Lou Lou Igbokwe A Special Thanks To: The Hood Museum of Art Peter Ciardelli A Blue Nails Media Production
Dartmouth College, NH

Sharing Information Is SUPER FUN!
Heather Aquino

Open Your Ears!
William K. Sanford Town Library Film Club
William K. Sanford Town Library Film Club, NY

Sean Campbell, Sarah Olinger, Hunter Olson, Philip Nelson
Miami University, OH

Amy Dennis
Oregon State University, OR

Share Knowledge
Creator: Stiv Twigg;  Music:  Nick Daly
Temple University, PA

The Quest for Knowledge
Janis Kreilis, Zhana Sandeva
University of Pennsylvania, PA

Ayse Zeynep Enkavi
University of Pennsylvania, PA

What the Future Holds?
Big Box of Art, Prelinger Archives, Sarah Stanhope
University of Tennessee, TN

Blogmen-A New Dawn
Jon, Jeff, Chris, Heather, Alisa, Kaitlyn, Scott, Chrissy, Jarom, Matthew
Brigham Young University, UT

The Best Ideas
Adam Balinski
Brigham Young University, UT

The Puzzle
Daniel Geiger
Brigham Young University, UT

Devin Donaldson
Brigham Young University, UT

Coming To Live
Matthew L. Marshall, Stephanie Marshall
Brigham Young University, UT

Chocolate Monster Factory
Shaun Frenza and Cambell Christiansen
Brigham Young University, UT

Pass It On
Michael Dahl Anderson, Andrea Bean, David Hampton, Janelle Haycock, Natalia Jones, Erin and Taylor Ladle, Courtney Marx, Sean Nowling, Annie and Laila Samhouri, and Grace Thomas
Brigham Young University, UT

Discover New Worlds
Tennille Olsen
Brigham Young University, UT

Sean Klein. Michael Ferretti. Roger Erra

Pass it Forward
Mike Vargas, Michelle Lewis, Brittany Payton, A.J. Payton, Jeremy Hanes

Information Sharing in Wonderland
Music by Parallel Dream
Newport University Virginia Beach, VA

2007 Entries

Life of an idea

Drawing on Experience
Starring:  Eric Anderson Susan Anderson Irene Anderson; Directed by:  J.M. Anderson
Auburn University, AL

Visible Youth
Produced by Modest Media  v/o - Jennifer Simms Coordinator International Baccalaureate Crown Point Elementary Kate Sessions Elementary Pacific Beach Middle School San Diego, Ca

Produced, directed and edited by: Matthew Daley and Chris McHale Starring: Chris McHale, Matthew Daley, Missy Shoop, Kenny Herniman, Tania Socarras, Sergio Cabrera All still images courtesy: NOAA Photo library at
University of Florida, FL

All Kids Are Busy (Open Source Media)
Director: Judith Kaufman Actors and Actresses:  Purdue East Lab Preschool Morning Class Students Music:  Roseland Dance Orchestra obtained from
Purdue University, IL

Information Evolution
Produced and Directed by Paige E. Malott Director of Photography / Editor: Jim Farinacci On-screen Talent: Josh Wylie & Cambridge Broxterman
Northern Kentucky University, KY

In Dreams of Kenny
Written and Directed by Josh Tatro. Additional Camerawork and Production Assistance by Jared Sena.  Starring Jared Sena, Matt Kosiorek, and Josh Tatro. 
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, MA

Camera, Editing , Music - Julio Vargas Actors Steven Porix Stephen Sampson Ajaysha Corbin Jasmine Taylor Davisha Guerrier Allisha Connaught Nick Toscano  Brainstormers Shani Baker Hester Garskovas  Special Thanks to Jenna Sigman, Jessica Lavash, and the NEAq Teen Program for support.
New England Aquarium, MA

Restricted File Sharing Is A Choking Hazard
Justin Grulke David VanTuyle Jason Tokarchick

IBC information sharing
Kendall College of Art and Design Produced by Mandy Ross, Melissa Anys, Angela Brock
Kendall College of Art and Design, MI

Uniqueness of Information Sharing
Shadee Berger