The Combine 2011
by Kevin Makice
The Combine is a display of talent and entrepreneurship around five main themes: creativity, community, culture, capital and code. The speakers and activities over the three-day event emphasize the people, ideas and environments that drive technology.
Three speakers have already been announced:
- MERLIN MANN — Independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster
- MICAH BALDWIN — CEO, Graphic.ly
- ADE OLONOH — CEO fnd Founder, Formspring
Micah spoke at the inaugural conference last year.
The Combine begins on Thursday, October 20, with an open pitch session to match startup ideas with investors and a Tech Cocktail party at IU Alumni Hall. An Ignite Bloomington (#6) follows the day of speakers at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, and the weekend closes with a day of workshops.
Early Bird tickets for the conference events are $185, available through September 17.
I’m biased because this is taking place in my hometown (Bloomington, Indiana) and was a blast when we organized it for the first time last year. I do think that The Combine will be a great event for designers to attend. It is a chance to (a) support the Midwestern tech, business, and creative communities, and (b) influence and be influenced by the other non-design parts of the development process.