the combine april 7th - 8th, 2017

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CELEBRATING ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION

Held in Bloomington, IN, The Combine is a conference exploring the entrepreneurial spark at the intersection of community, culture, creativity, capital, and code.

Laura Gómez

@laura
Previously leading Twitter’s expansion into 50 languages and dozens of countries, Laura is now Founder and CEO of venture-backed Atipica and a founding member of Project Include.
MAIN STAGE

  • Community 90%
  • Culture 100%
  • Creativity 40%
  • Capital 60%
  • Code 40%

Shane Mac

@shanemac
An entrepreneur, investor, and musician, Shane is the CEO and Co-Founder of Assist, a platform that is automating messaging for businesses.
MAIN STAGE

  • Community 80%
  • Culture 90%
  • Creativity 60%
  • Capital 80%
  • Code 10%

Jo White

@mediamum
A Human Computer Interaction researcher at Willis Towers Watson, Jo explores user experience and Agile environments for testing and rapid product development.
MAIN STAGE

  • Community 40%
  • Culture 60%
  • Creativity 80%
  • Capital 10%
  • Code 90%

Pete Yonkman

@cookmedical
An alum of Indiana University and the IU Maurer School of Law, Pete is the President of Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc., one of the largest global medical device companies with over 12,000 employees worldwide.
MAIN STAGE

  • Community 100%
  • Culture 90%
  • Creativity 60%
  • Capital 10%
  • Code 10%

Max Yoder

@maxyoder
Named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2016 Forty under 40, Max is the founder and CEO of Lessonly, an Indy-based company focusing on learning software for businesses.
MAIN STAGE

  • Community 60%
  • Culture 90%
  • Creativity 40%
  • Capital 70%
  • Code 20%

Jacqui Bauer

@sustainbtown
Leader of sustainable economic development efforts for the City of Bloomington, Jacqui Bauer is also the driving force behind the multi-city collaborative app project, RentRocket, enabling smarter, greener housing choice.
EMCEE

  • Community 100%
  • Culture 80%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Capital 25%
  • Code 0%

Kurtis Beavers

@kjbeavers
The Creative Director for Stack Overflow, a questions and answers platform used by 46 million developers monthly, Kurtis will be leading a workshop on being a designer in a developer world.
WORKSHOPS

  • Community 60%
  • Culture 70%
  • Creativity 100%
  • Capital 10%
  • Code 70%

Emily Veach

@editemily
As a professional storyteller, Emily has worked with thought leaders in industries from tech to footwear. Previously based in Hong Kong as Wall Street Journal Asia’s editing desk chief, Emily is now content marketing lead at Feedly.
WORKSHOPS

  • Community 75%
  • Culture 40%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Capital 0%
  • Code 0%

Alka Du Mont

@AlkaDuMont
As one of the first employees at Groupon, Alka is no stranger to start-up company culture. Armed with 3 years of paid search experience at local digital advertising company, Hanapin Marketing.
WORKSHOPS

  • Community 80%
  • Culture 50%
  • Creativity 10%
  • Capital 80%
  • Code 70%

Blake Grotewold

@groteworld
With 8 years and 17 programming languages of enterprise software experience, Blake is a true renaissance developer. As a senior software engineer at Foxio, he has a lot to say about how developers work.
WORKSHOPS

  • Community 70%
  • Culture 90%
  • Creativity 60%
  • Capital 10%
  • Code 90%

Joe Kratzat

@joekratzat
As partner and development lead at Foxio, Joe has made the transition to “the boss” after 15 years of being the coder. This life-hacker now searches for the best ways to hire, manage, and understand developers.
WORKSHOPS

  • Community 40%
  • Culture 80%
  • Creativity 50%
  • Capital 20%
  • Code 90%

Erin Martoglio

@blueburro
Erin is an attorney/owner at Freitag & Martoglio and co-founder of Blue Burro Technology, a consulting and tech company and workspace, a Bloomington coworking space.
WORKSHOPS

  • Community 70%
  • Culture 60%
  • Creativity 50%
  • Capital 40%
  • Code 10%

John Wechsler

@wechsler
John has founded, co-founded and served in C-level roles in several high-growth and venture-backed startups. He is also an active advisor to entrepreneurs and startup teams, and founded Launch Fishers in 2012.
PANEL

  • Community 100%
  • Culture 70%
  • Creativity 40%
  • Capital 70%
  • Code 20%

Brad Wisler

@gopsig
Brad is a co-founder of SproutBox, a new approach to venture capital. He is also the founder and CEO at Periodic, a real-time booking engine.
PANEL

  • Community 60%
  • Culture 90%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Capital 80%
  • Code 40%

Victor Gutwein

@lalayak
Originally from NW Indiana, Victor is Managing director of M25 Group, one of the Midwest’s most active micro-VC firms. Passionate about startups, he is also on the board of U Chicago’s first student-run venture fund.
PANEL

  • Community 70%
  • Culture 60%
  • Creativity 50%
  • Capital 100%
  • Code 10%

WORKSHOPS

CREATE

Growing Design in a Developer Culture

Kurtis Beavers

Journey Map Your Way to Understand Your Users’ Problem Space

Jo White, Ph.D., Willis Towers Watson

GROW

Take Control of the Firehose

Emily Veach

Buzzwords: The Techie’s Bees Knees

Joe Kratzat and Blake Grotewold

How Paying For Digital Marketing Will Help Your Startup

Alka Du Mont

A Legal Primer for Startups

Erin Martoglio

SCHEDULE

LEAD UP

APR 5th
5:30pm-8:30pm

Ignite Bloomington 16

Bishop
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APR 6th
5:30pm-7:30pm

Creative Indiana Innovation Network

Monroe Convention Center
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FRIDAY
APR 7th

10:00am-12:00pm
Morning Workshops
Monroe Convention Center
12:00pm-1:30pm
Food Truck Friday
Downtown Bloomington
12:00pm-4:00pm
Civic Code Challenge
Monroe Convention Center
1:30pm-4:00pm
Afternoon Workshops
Monroe Convention Center
4:00pm-6:00pm
Main Stage Speakers
Monroe Convention Center
6:00pm-7:00pm
Showcase Happy Hour
Monroe Convention Center

SATURDAY
APR 8th

10:00am-12:30pm
Main Stage Speakers
Monroe Convention Center
12:30pm-1:30pm
Lunch (on your own)
Downtown Bloomington
Combine is officially over, but be sure to enjoy some great craft beer with friends!
2:00pm-6:00pm
Bloomington Beer Fest

Woolery Mill
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