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On Thursday April 6 from 5:30-7:30pm, Creative Indiana helps kick off the Combine in the Olcott Room at the Bloomington Convention Center including snacks and a cash bar. Creative Indiana is offering a 20% discount code to the Regular ticket price ($99.00) to anyone who registers to attend the April 6 free Innovation Network event. The discount code will be sent upon registration and can only be used by the person registering for the Creative Indiana event.

The Combine Conference kicks off at 10 am on April 7, running through April 8 until 12:30 pm at the Bloomington Convention Center. This conference celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship. The crux of the conference is the entrepreneurial spark that can occur when community, culture, creativity, capital and code intersect.
The Combine Conference will be offering workshops in the morning and afternoon on Friday April 7, as well as main stage speakers and lastly a Showcase Happy Hour. On Saturday April 8, there will be main stage speakers offering entrepreneurial insights. Afterwards Combine attendees are invited to join the Bloomington Beer Fest at the Woolery Mill.

Creative Indiana is a Bloomington nonprofit that promotes creativity and innovation. They do this by promoting creative thinking, collaboration and dialogue. Their mission is to help individuals, nonprofits, and businesses through connecting, learning and doing. Creative Indiana seeks to offer the individuals of southern Indiana as many opportunities to be creative and innovative as possible. One facet of this aspiration occurs through their monthly networking events. These events are open to the public, and they cover a vast array of techniques and tactics to encourage individuals to find creative solutions to the problems they face as well as obtaining the life they want to live.

Past networking opportunities put on by Creative Indiana include: a collaboration in November 2016 with their annual event sponsor, The Bloomington Cooking School, to encourage participants to cook up food for thought; in February an event called “Launch Your Aspirations for 2017”, which encouraged people to not only consider their aspirations for the new year, but to actively come up with a plan to reach them; in March an event called “Creative Thinking: Your #1 Skill for Breaking Down Barriers” encouraged individuals to access their creativity to live the life they want.  Their varied programming always maintains a freshness of perspective because the timeless tools of creativity and innovation can be applied to a myriad of situations. Creative Indiana spreads the undisputed research that all people are creative and that creativity is a skill that you can build.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the Bloomington community to hear from a menagerie of well renowned speakers including Maurer School of Law alumni Pete Yonkman, and the creative director of Stack Overflow, Kurtis Beavers. These bright individuals all maintain a varying level of the five C’s that encompass the conference. Tickets for the Combine conference start at $25 for students and $99 for the Combine regular ticket.

Along with The Combine and Creative Indiana another organization, Ignite Bloomington, will also help kick off the Combine on April 5 at the Bishop, 5:30 – 8:30pm. What better way to prepare for World Creativity and Innovation Week celebrated April 15-21 than to take advantage of all of these offerings!!

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