Spark DJ is a High Tech Division semifinalist for the 2016 MN Cup competition. Learn more about the other 79 semifinalists by browsing our site and blog.

Who are you and what do you do?

Spark DJ implements machine learning, live feedback, and detailed automation to create entertainment experiences that rival the industry best DJs. Our goal is not to only create a cheaper, better, and faster solution. Spark DJ is aiming to truly disrupt an industry that’s been around for more than half a century.

What was the inspiration for your idea?

When the Spark DJ founder, James Jones, needed extra income to cover his tuition at the University of Notre Dame, he began DJing college parties, local clubs, and student organization events. Eventually, the demand for his time had reached levels even he didn’t see coming and found himself tapped out at 3-4 live shows per weekend and turning down additional opportunities. “How can I do 8-16 or more gigs every weekend?” It was in response to that question that Jones taught himself objective-C to develop an application that could test his theory of offering DJ services remotely and on demand, at a fraction of the price.

What opportunities or benefits have developed due to your involvement in MN Cup so far?

Since our involvement in the MN Cup competition, we’ve built new relationships with potential customers, partners, investors, accelerators, and employees. We’ve gotten some coverage from tech.mn and have seen our site and social media traffic increase exponentially!

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