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MERGE is a group of DIGITAL ASSET EVENTS with a focus on current trends in a holistic manner, and different technologies, segments, and sectors.  MERGE attendees, speakers, and sponsors can audit different but adjacent technology disciplines and build meaningful ROLODEX DIVERSITY while exploring new regions of opportunity.

MERGE will take place within the entirety of the Grand Ballroom space at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista, located in Orlando, Florida.

Registered attendees will be treated to a variety of content that comes from the different shows and events and group meetings that are occurring during MERGE, as well as keynotes, panels and networking activities.

Interested in sponsoring? There are some last-minute options available.

Meanwhile, check out MERGE.SHOW for more information, and stay tuned!

[Please note, Schedule may be subject to small changes]

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Friday, September 14
 

2:00pm EDT

Early Expo Hall Setup (Sponsors Only)
Early Booth and Expo Setup (closed to public) 

Friday September 14, 2018 2:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

5:30pm EDT

Connection Groups / Dinner Arrangements
Arrivals and early networking are a fantastic way to get a great start to your conference.  Sometimes leaving the arrival dinner open to serendipity works out well.  For those who would like some assistance in connecting with others to meet for dinner, use the form link "ENGAGE" to be connected with others who are arriving Friday for dining groups at venue or Disney Springs Restaurants.

We have the 'engage' tool for setting up plans in advance, but if you prefer to leave plans up to serendipity, you might find great Dinner company either at Jon T's Lounge (located in the corner of the lobby) or over at the foyer just outside Salon 4/5 as Sponsors are setting up their booths.

Friday September 14, 2018 5:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Various - Disney Springs
 
Saturday, September 15
 

7:00am EDT

Expo Hall Setup (Sponsors Only)
EXPO Hall setup for booths, banners, and other sponsoring participants.  NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC

Saturday September 15, 2018 7:00am - 11:45am EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:45pm EDT

EXPOSITIONS AND EXHIBITS
Saturday September 15, 2018 12:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:45pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Lunch Break - (here are some locations to try)
Break for lunch - Attendees have a variety of options to select from to buy their lunches at.  Try Rum Largo out by the pool for appetizers, salads and sandwiches.  Alternatively, Covington Mills has an Ala Carte menu from 7am-3pm

Click here for a list of Hotel Restaurants

Saturday September 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

5:00pm EDT

Rock the Cash Bar : Cocktails in the Expo Hall
Schmooze and network with other conference attendees, sponsors, speakers and guests amidst the lovely glow of our amazing and vibrant sponsor booths.

Please note this is a no-host activity.


Saturday September 15, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 
Sunday, September 16
 

10:00am EDT

EXPOSITIONS AND EXHIBITS
Sunday September 16, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

10:00am EDT

Speaker Green Room and Conference Organizer Space
Need some quiet space for a meeting, catching up on email, or important discussions?  This is the place


Sunday September 16, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm EDT
3: DNA Lounge / VIP Meeting Room Salon 3, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:45pm EDT

Lunch Break - (here are some locations to try)
Break for lunch - Attendees have a variety of options to select from to buy their lunches at.  Try Rum Largo out by the pool for appetizers, salads and sandwiches.  Alternatively, Covington Mills has an Ala Carte menu from 7am-3pm

Click here for a list of Hotel Restaurants

Sunday September 16, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

1:45pm EDT

EXPOSITIONS AND EXHIBITS
Sunday September 16, 2018 1:45pm - 6:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

1:45pm EDT

 
Monday, September 17
 

9:00am EDT

Domain Name Solutions for Blockchain Challenges
CryptoCurrency Wallet Addresses, Smart Contract Addresses and other resources within the blockchain world use long and complex addresses as reference.  Just like IP addresses are more complicated than a human should have to remember, domain names create the important shortcut reference to 'speed dial' those systems that you need to access.

The market for domain names with keywords related to Crytpocurrency and related Blockchain technologies is very robust, and the naming strategies of many of the top Blockchain innovation companies seem to favor a variety of TLD extentions.

This session will discuss:
  • The marketplace for Crypto and Blockchain domain names
  • The potential solutions that come from the existing namespace - and how it will and can evolve for use with Blockchain, IoT, and other technologies
  • The naming strategies of top Blockchain companies

Speakers
avatar for Alvin Brown

Alvin Brown

Publisher, Kickstart Commerce
Alvin Brown is Founder and Publisher of KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com — resources dedicated to sharing domain name strategies and best practices to grow business. He is also a Domain Investor and Digital Strategist with nearly 20 years of experience pertaining to search marketing, software engineering, marketing automation, and integrated digital... Read More →
avatar for Jebidiah Burnett

Jebidiah Burnett

Sr. Domain Consultant, Donuts
avatar for Dave Evanson

Dave Evanson

Sedo
Dave Evanson has over 35 years of experience in high level consumer and business to business marketing, strategic planning and corporate sales. He has successfully brokered tens of millions of dollars in premium domain names. Dave focuses on acquiring and selling ultra-high value... Read More →
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →
avatar for Toby Hall

Toby Hall

CEO, mmx.co
Toby Hall is a highly experienced marketeer who has supported a series of fast growth public and private businesses in the Internet and natural resources sector over the last twenty years. In this capacity, he has been a strategic adviser to Minds + Machines Group Limited (MMX) since... Read More →
avatar for Jodee Rich

Jodee Rich

CEO, PeopleBrowsr
CEO at PeopleBrowsr - An integrated Social Collaboration, Engagement, Crypto, and Blockchain mBaaS (pre ICO). I am on a mission to drive human Collaboration. The PeopleBrowsr mBaaS unlocks Your Community on Your own Domain. It stores your data in the cloud and in the blockchain.

Sponsors
avatar for Sedo

Sedo

Sedo has a Crypto Domains Auction under way from September 13-20, 2018, under way during MERGE:Here is the description from their website: [https://sedo.com/us/about-us/news-press/newsroom/crypto-domains-auction-september-13-20/]Crypto domains have been trending all year long and... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

9:00am EDT

EXPOSITIONS AND EXHIBITS
Monday September 17, 2018 9:00am - 1:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

9:00am EDT

12:00pm EDT

Lunch Break - (here are some locations to try)
Break for lunch - Attendees have a variety of options to select from to buy their lunches at.  Try Rum Largo out by the pool for appetizers, salads and sandwiches.  Alternatively, Covington Mills has an Ala Carte menu from 7am-3pm

Click here for a list of Hotel Restaurants

Monday September 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

1:00pm EDT

id4me - Digital Identity and Authentication within Domains
Learn first hand about the opportunities and benefits of id4me, a secure, open, privacy-friendly platform that uses domain names as identity and authentication.  This initiative includes DENIC (.DE), Nominet (.UK + more), 1&1, Open-xchange, and other large providers and associations.


Monday September 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
1: ICA Breakout Room Salon 1, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Panel or Presentation

3:00pm EDT

EXPOSITIONS AND EXHIBITS
Monday September 17, 2018 3:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

3:00pm EDT

7:30pm EDT

ICA / DNA / BRG Dinner @ Benihana LBV
The Internet Commerce Association, Brand Registry Group and the Domain Name Association are organizing a dinner during the MERGE conference for our members, prospective members, invited guests and interested parties.  

Meet, greet, and eat with some amazing people from throughout the industry of domain names, digital investment and website development.

!!!! IMPORTANT:  PLEASE USE THE "ENGAGE" BUTTON  TO RSVP !!!!
(This helps us determine headcount for the activity - not mandatory, you can also just show up)

We have attached the menus for your convenience.    
"LBV Benihana 2018- Group Menu Brochure - 11.2017.pdf" is the main one, the others offer details on each group menu.

Please note, this activity is a 'no host' event, guests will be responsible for their own bill.  Please see the menus for the package pricing, and costs or charges associated.

Speakers
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →
avatar for Kamila Sekiewicz

Kamila Sekiewicz

Executive Director, The Internet Commerce Association
Kamila has 10 years of prior experience in the domain industry in account management and business development roles with Sedo and NameDrive. In these roles, Kamila gained extensive experience relating to premium domain brokerage and domain parking and routinely engaged with domain... Read More →



Monday September 17, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 
Tuesday, September 18
 

10:00am EDT

EXPOSITIONS AND EXHIBITS
Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:00am - 1:30pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

10:00am EDT

Speaker Green Room and Conference Organizer Space

Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:00am - 1:30pm EDT
3: DNA Lounge / VIP Meeting Room Salon 3, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

1:15pm EDT

Lunch Break - (here are some locations to try)
Break for lunch - Attendees have a variety of options to select from to buy their lunches at.  Try Rum Largo out by the pool for appetizers, salads and sandwiches.  Alternatively, Covington Mills has an Ala Carte menu from 7am-3pm

Click here for a list of Hotel Restaurants

Tuesday September 18, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

2:00pm EDT

Soap.Club and eCommerce / Shopify / Amazon Stores
Speakers
avatar for Norman Farrar

Norman Farrar

Norman Farrar a.k.a. The Amazon Growth Guy, paved his path to make the most of theAmazon marketplace, long before it became with world's favorite place to shop.Since the early 1990s, he has been involved with a multitude of businesses ranging fromcorporate identity, manufacturing... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

6:00pm EDT

Exhibit Takedown / Packing
Tuesday September 18, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 

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