Ignite Bloomington 21
Kick off the Combine with fast and fun virtual 5 minute presentations from community members.
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”.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Closing Happy Hour and Highlights
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.