Oct 28th, 2020


6:00pm-7:00pm EDT

Ignite Bloomington 21

Kick off the Combine with fast and fun virtual 5 minute presentations from community members.

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Oct 29th, 2020


11:00am-11:45am EDT

Jason Fried

A conversation about remote work, non-serial entrepreneurship. and Midwest startup culture with Jason Fried, CEO of Basecamp and Co-author of Getting Real, REWORK, Remote, and “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”.

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11:45am-12:30pm EDT

Claudia Reuter

Hear from Claudia Reuter GM, Americas East, of Techstars and Author of Yes, You Can Do This! How Women Start Up, Scale Up, and Build the Life They Want

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12:30pm-1:00pm EDT

Mark Harsley

Mark Harsley, software developer and founder of KiteMail, understands the value of connection for incarcerated individuals. After all, he was one. Now he’s on a mission to improve the lines of communication between family, friends, and their incarcerated loved ones.

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2:00pm-3:00pm EDT

Get Your Creative On

The team at Content Cucumber walks you through the process of generating compelling content to immediately attract and engage your target audience.

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3:00pm-4:00pm EDT

Experiment Live

Every week Max Mirho live streams a new startup experiment. In this workshop, Max gives you tips and tricks on how to validate ideas and build little business in minutes using no-code tools.

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6:00pm-8:00pm EDT

Startup Showcase

Miss connecting with folks? We got you covered. Grab a beverage and pick an avatar, because you are about to go on an adventure. You’ll walk around using your arrow keys in a 2d virtual space. Run into and video chat with other attendees and founders of some of the hottest startups in the Midwest! Don’t miss it.

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October 30th, 2020


2:00pm-3:00pm EDT

Aaron Draplin

Iconic American designer Aaron Draplin is the founder of Draplin Design Co, and co-founder of the Field Notes brand. He’s worked on projects for Patagonia, Nike, Ford, Obama, the United States Post Office, and hundreds of others. In this tell-all talk, Aaron covers his Midwestern roots and shares with us what’s worked, what hasn’t worked and, what’s worked all too well along his fascinating journey.

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3:00pm-4:00pm EDT

Jenn Takahashi & Matt Nelson

Jenn Takahashi, Founder of the viral sensation Best of Nextdoor takes the virtual stage along with Matt Nelson, creator of the massively popular We Rate Dogs. Together they’ll share tactical tips and crazy stories of internet fame and fun.

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4:00pm-6:00pm EDT

Speed Up Your Design Workflow

This practical workshop from iconic designer Aaron Draplin covers the stuff no one told Aaron 25 years ago when he started out. It’s the real deal on how to make things faster in your day to day design work.

Requires Draplin pack add-on ticket.

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4:00pm-5:00pm EDT

A Practical Guide to Adopting Agile

How your implementation can go off the rails [and how to get things back on track again]

In this session, Ashley Brush, Vice President of Operations for Homeland Services at MetroStar Systems, will discuss agile methodologies with a focus on how to avoid and recover from common pitfalls which can derail highly functioning agile development teams. The discussion will center on real world examples, lessons learned, and practical recommendations.

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Closing Happy Hour and Highlights

6:00pm-7:00pm EDT

Join us as we close out Combine with a virtual set from artist, entrepreneur, and music producer DJ MADDØG. We’ll also highlight and chat with the creators of 5 awesome things in the Midwest centered around community, culture, code, creativity, and capital.

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