Happy May! The weather is looking promising, and so are the startups you'll be hearing from this month! Next Thursday, May 8th, we'll be holding our May Verge Bloomington event. SproutBox has offered up their unique and fun space for everyone to come learn more about some great local tech startups and events.
Our first startup of the night is Small Talk. IU student Matt Bloom (https://twitter.com/matthew_bloom) will walk us through his very early stage startup. Small Talk is for anyone who always means to schedule a time to socialize with that person you haven't seen in a while but either forgets to get back in touch with them or loses the event in messy calendars.
Next we're bringing back one of our startups who you heard an elevator pitch from at our last event! Zon Haralovich (https://twitter.com/haralovich) will give you a more in depth look at his game and startup Contested Space (http://www.contestedspace.net/). He recently launched a KickStarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/contested/contested-space-build-an-empire-in-an-online-sandb) and is on track to meet his goal, however, if you like what you hear make sure to back him generously!
Keeping with the game theme, our fireside chat with be with organizers of a new game developer conference that is taking place right here in Bloomington! SigmaPlay (http://sigmaplay.org/), a hands on game conference for developers of all types kicks off May 23rd. This two day conference kicks off with a keynote by award-winning game designer, Eric Zimmerman (http://ericzimmerman.com/), Friday night and continues through Saturday with a full docket of hands-on workshops. Workshop topics range from creating soundscapes, to using deception in games, to building a game developer support network in your community. Be sure to get a ticket before it's too late!
We are really excited about this event and you should be too! Bring a new face to Verge Bloomington and get them involved in Bloomington's tech scene!