Speaker lineup to feature entrepreneurs, investors, programmers, CEOs, storytellers, researchers, designers, and more!


Bloomington, IN (April 3, 2016) – The Combine, an annual conference for technologists, entrepreneurs and innovators, has announced its lineup of speakers for the event happening April 7-8 in downtown Bloomington. This event will feature workshops, a main speaker stage, networking events and a Civic Code Challenge. Featured speakers, panelists and presenters include:

  • Matthew Anderson, founder of Adproval and Mavenly
  • Jacqui Bauer, sustainability coordinator for the City of Bloomington
  • Kurtis Beavers, creative director for Stack Overflow
  • Mikel Berger, startup director at Little Engine Ventures and co-founder of MatchBOX coworkingstudio
  • Alka Du Mont, account manager at Hanapin Marketing
  • Blake Grotewold, senior software engineer at Foxio
  • Laura Gomez, founder and CEO of Atipica and a founding member of Project Include
  • Victor Gutwein, managing director of M25 Group
  • Joe Kratzat, partner and development lead at Foxio
  • Jane Martin, co-founder of Spring Mill Venture Partners and partner with Village Ventures
  • Erin Martoglio, attorney/owner at Freitag & Martoglio and co-founder of Blue Burro, Inc.
  • Emily Veach, content marketing lead at Feedly
  • John Wechsler, founder of Launch Fishers
  • Jo White, human computer interaction researcher at Willis Towers Watson
  • Brad Wisler, co-founder of SproutBox
  • Max Yoder, CEO of Lessonly
  • Pete Yonkman, president of Cook Group Inc.

“This year’s lineup is one of the best we’ve put together,” said Mike Trotzke, co-organizer of the event. “The Combine is designed to celebrate entrepreneurship and spur innovation and we think this year’s event will have something for everyone, whether you’re interested in startups, technology, entrepreneurial culture, or inspiring innovation within an existing company or organization.”

On Friday, The Combine will feature two workshop tracks, as well as a Civic Code Challenge where participants will design and build a web-based application to securely allow Bloomington Transit riders to purchase ride tickets from their phones. Speakers will take the main stage Friday afternoon and will continue Saturday morning.

This year’s Combine conference is being made possible thanks to the generous support of sponsors including: Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Bloomington Technology Partnership, Cardinal Spirits, City of Bloomington, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Cook Medical, Cornerstone Information Technologies, Elevate Ventures, Form Assembly, Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, Humanetrix, Innovate Indiana, Markey’s Rental & Staging, Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Sproutbox, and Visit Bloomington.

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


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, about.me 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.