Bloomington, IN (March 1, 2016) – The Combine, an annual conference for technologists, entrepreneurs and innovators, has announced dates and speakers for its 2016 event. This year’s Combine will feature workshops, a main speaker stage, networking events and entertainment at various locations in the downtown area. The event will be held April 7th – 9th in downtown Bloomington.

            The Combine’s main stage event will feature technology and startup industry experts from across the country, including Sprout Social CEO Justyn Howard, Female Funders founder Katherine Hague, Loopy Cases founder JT Wangercyn, improv group The Nerdologues, and mental health advocate Ed Finkler, among others.

            “This year’s conference lineup is designed to celebrate entrepreneurship and spur innovation in Bloomington and our growing Midwest startup ecosystem,” says Mike Trotzke, co-organizer of the event. “The Combine is an ideal event for professionals and students interested in startups, technology, entrepreneurial culture or even innovating within existing companies and organizations.”

            Additional information and the full speaker and workshop list can be found at the Combine website. To purchase tickets and to view more information, visit

About the Combine

Held in Bloomington, Indiana, the Combine is an annual conference focused on technology and entrepreneurship. The Combine is place to be inspired by the people, ideas, and environments that drive innovation and is a critical touch point for the Midwest startup community.

Its eclectic mix of presenters focus on topics related to community, culture, creativity, code and capital. Past attendees and speakers have included Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Founder Tony Conrad, Cheeseburger CEO Ben Huh, The Causemopolitan author Sloan Davidson, Comedian and Witstream creator Michael Ian Black, Cards Against Humanity co-creator Max Temkin, podcaster Merlin Mann, YouTube sensation and ukulele player Molly Lewis, Startup Weekend founder Andrew Hyde, angel investor Paige Craig, GitHub co-founder Chris Wanstrath, and Internet cat sensation Lil Bub.

The Combine is organized through collaboration with the Humanetrix Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to mobilize technologists to develop public interest tools and provide educational opportunities to improve themselves and their communities.