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April 11-13

3 DAYS OF TECH-Y

GOODNESS!

GET IN THE RING!

What is The Combine?

The Combine brings speakers and attendees from across the country (and in this year’s case, the world!) to celebrate community, culture, creativity, capital and code in Bloomington, IN. The event draws hundreds of participants for 3 days of workshops, speakers, presentations, networking, parties and tours.

Speakers

Jimmy Wales

  • Founder, Wikipedia
  • U.S. Internet Entrepreneur and Wiki Pioneer
  • One of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”
  • Wikipedia: The 5th Most Visited Web Site Worldwide

Ranked by Forbes Magazine as a “Web Celeb”, Jimmy Donal Wales is a U.S. Internet entrepreneur, wiki pioneer, and technology visionary, who is best known as the Founder of Wikipedia, an international collaborative free content encyclopedia on the Internet, and the Wikimedia Foundation. He is co-founder of Wikia, a privately owned free web hosting service he set up in 2004. Wales is presented by the IU Alumni Association and the Indiana University Office for Engagement.

Sarah Ware

Sarah Ware is the founder of Markerly, a platform that connects brands to bloggers and advertises content to over 300 million people monthly. Sarah lives and works in Menlo Park, CA and formerly led a traveling sales team at LivingSocial.

Mike Bridavsky and Lil Bub

Mike Bridavsky is a musician, recording engineer, producer and also takes care of the world’s most loved space cat, Lil BUB. Before his cat became wildly famous, his full time job consisted of recording all types of bands in his Bloomington, IN studio, Russian Recording. Now he spends most of his time “doing BUB Stuff” including a book, webisodes,  social media and much, much more.

Jay Baer

Jay Baer is a hype-free marketing strategist, speaker, and author and President of the social media and content marketing consultancy Convince & Convert. A digital marketing pioneer, Jay has consulted with more than 700 companies since 1994, including Caterpillar, Nike, Visit California, Allstate, Petco, Columbia Sportswear, and 29 of the Fortune 500.

Frank Gruber

Frank Gruber is an entrepreneur and new media journalist focused on sharing his Web product expertise and analysis on Web 2.0, social media and emerging technologies in articles and videos online.

Adam Turla

Adam Turla is front man for the Bloomington based, internationally touring band Murder By Death. He is also their business manager and the creator of their 2012 Kickstarter campaign, which was the third highest grossing music project to date.

Roshelle Ritzenthaler

Roshelle is a design strategist at Gensler, a global multidisciplinary architecture, design, planning and consulting firm. Her focus is identifying and clarifying a client’s core values to create integrated and inspired brand experiences across platforms—overlapping physical and virtual space.

Schedule

Day One

FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH

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Workshops

With two tracks, CREATE or GROW, you’ll have a chance to dig in to topics with other attendees and presenters that focus on topics like public relations, funding, community growth, and business formation. LEARN MORE…

Bloomington Convention Center

9:00am

Registration and Breakfast

10:00am

Create

How to raise funding

Grow

How a growing startup community helps

11:30am

Lunch

12:30pm

Create

Creative Legal

Grow

New-School PR Techniques

2:00pm

Workshops Conclude

Presented by the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing

Ignite

Friday night’s Combine kick-off event at the Bishop. Multiple presenters, each with 20 automatically advancing slides, for a strict total of 5 minutes to speak about anything awesome.

The Bishop

18yrs+ to attend

5:00pm

Doors Open

6:00pm

Presentations

8:00pm

Presentations Conclude

Day Two

SATURDAY, APRIL 12TH

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LobbyCon

Saturday’s daytime hangout space where you can network with your fellow attendees and check out the coolest demos, games, start-ups, and tech business support opportunities.

Indiana Memorial Union Solarium

9:00am-4:00pm

Main Stage

The Combine’s signature event. A diverse gathering of some of the brightest minds and coolest creators in tech, sharing their stories, wit and wisdom and inspiring you to go out into the world and dominate.

Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall

9:00am

Registration and Breakfast

10:00am

Welcome and Jay Baer

10:30am

Roshelle Ritzenthaler

11:00am

Mike Bridavsky & Lil Bub

11:30am

Frank Gruber

12:00pm

Lunch

2:00pm

Adam Turla

2:30pm

Sarah Ware

3:45pm

Keynote: Jimmy Wales

After-Party

Beam up to the Bluebird and let loose with adult beverages and 5 Year Mission, a Star Trek themed rock band. Also the place where you’ll decide on where you’ll go for the After-After-Party.

The Bluebird

21yrs+ to attend

7:00pm

Doors Open

Sponsored by the UBER

Day Three

SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH

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CTP Tours

Want to see the future? Take a site tour of the City of Bloomington’s Certified Tech Park, currently under construction. See the vision as it’s coming together.

Upland Brewery Banquet Hall

11:00am-1:00pm

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Spaces

Convention Center

Our Workshops on Friday will be held at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center. The building was built in 1923 as Graham Motor Sales and later became the Henry Ford Model T assembly plant and showroom. Located at 302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403. MAP

The Bishop

The venue for the 11th Ignite Bloomington on Friday at 6pm. The Bishop Bar is a key component of the diverse Bloomington music scene. Located at 123 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47404. MAP

IU Alumni Hall and Solarium

Site of our Main Stage and LobbyCon on Saturday. Dedicated in 1960 this 5,000 square foot space is part of Indiana Memorial Union the largest student union building in the world. Located on the Indiana University campus at 900 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405 . MAP

Bluebird

The venue for the After Party on Saturday. Since 1973 the Bluebird nightclub hosts some of best touring musical acts in the country. Located at 216 N Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47404. MAP

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