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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

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

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

5:30pm

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
Various - Disney Springs Disney Springs Walking Bridge, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
 
Saturday, September 15
 

7:00am

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
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:45pm

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

12:45pm

1:00pm

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
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

5:00pm

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
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 
Sunday, September 16
 

9:30am

CMS Summit Keynote: Robert Jacobi
Embracing Open Source Tools and Software for solutions


Speakers
avatar for Robert Jacobi

Robert Jacobi

Executive Vice President, Perfect Dashboard
Robert Jacobi is Executive Vice President, Sales for Perfect Dashboard, the leading WordPress security and update solution. Robert has been in the content management and hosting support space for over 20 years professionally, as well as contributor and President of the open source... Read More →


Sunday September 16, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

10:00am

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

10:00am

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
3: DNA Lounge / VIP Meeting Room Salon 3, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:45pm

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
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

1:45pm

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

1:45pm

2:00pm

Takedown vs. Staydown for Internet Identifiers: The DNS RPZ Firewall Approach
Abstract: Dr. Paul Vixie will discuss using a DNS approach called RPZ as a means to reduce accessibility of potentially problematic systems outside your network, which can work in harmony with other firewall systems to improve the security, resilience, and stability of Internet users.

The Internet spans borders, demographics, cultures, attitudes and opinions.  It is diverse, massive, and constantly growing.  Much has been argued about accountability of Internet users - freedom fighters, entrepreneurs, free speech or innovators from their own and friends' perspectives are sometimes considered national security risks, nuisances, lawbreakers or intellectual property thieves from another perspective. The trend for Internet governance has been away from accountability -- anybody can get a domain name or IP address, often need not reveal their identity when doing so, and in many cases can keep those resources - even if their activities generate a lot of complaints or problems.

For a network operator, the friction between the perspectives creates grief that often requires reactive attention with no available time or patience for take down using the ineffective remedies available outside the organization.  For fast relief, administrative blocks can quickly address problems so that the painfully optimized administrator can go about their business.  These administrators share what they blacklist, and this trend leads inexorably toward controlled balkanization, where operators of like mind can make common cause in detecting, cataloging, and shunning Internet identifiers that cause grief to operators. There are decades of proof that "blacklist" initiatives like RBL and RHSBL that such common cause initiatives are effective in protecting e-mail against abuse.

Now it's time to consider RPZ, which extends this approach beyond just email to all Internet services, by working at the DNS level, because DNS is used by everything and it skips past the need to impliment in individual client or server applications.  

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Paul Vixie

Dr. Paul Vixie

CEO / Chairman, Farsight Security
Dr. Paul Vixie is an internet pioneer. Currently, he is the Chairman, CEO and cofounder of award-winning Farsight Security, Inc. Dr. Vixie was inducted into the internet Hall of Fame in 2014 for work related to DNS and anti-spam technologies. He is the author of open source internet... Read More →

Sponsors

Sunday September 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

6:15pm

THE Domain Conference Famous Welcome Cocktail sponsored by SitePlug
Schmooze and network with other conference attendees, sponsors, speakers and guests amidst the lovely glow of our amazing and vibrant sponsor booths.

Enjoy a beverage and some canapes and hors d'oeuvres with some great company at this classic institution of networking.

Sponsored by SitePlug 

Sponsors

Sunday September 16, 2018 6:15pm - 8:15pm
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 
Monday, September 17
 

9:00am

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

9:00am

11:00am

Plenary Panel - Cryptocurrency/Blockchain - Practical Benefits and Where To Use It, Where Not To
Crypto and Blockchain offer a number of benefits and advantages.  

Blockchain has many benefits.  Also, it has many costs and implications.  It is certainly more than a buzzword when the time comes to actually do the work, and there are areas where the advantages of Blockchain may or may not be an ideal fit.

Learn from these experts about the interesting ways these are working and how to decide what aspects of projects and systems are a good fit for leveraging some of the benefits of Blockchain - and those which are not ready for the power consumption, processing costs and other considerations.

Moderators
avatar for Ken Hansen

Ken Hansen

Farsight Security, Inc.

Speakers
avatar for Bianca Diosdado

Bianca Diosdado

CEO, Quire
Bianca Diosdado currently serves as the CEO of both Octagon Talent Solutions and Quire Blockchain Consulting Services. Within 6 years, she tore up the Agency ladder starting as a Technical Recruiter at Octagon Technology Staffing, moving to Director of IT Recruitment and eventually acquiring the company, becoming the CEO. Her passion for technology and education has... Read More →
avatar for James Drake

James Drake

CEO, Embermine
avatar for Michael Palage

Michael Palage

President, Pharos Global
Michael Palage is on the board of directors of the Blockchain Special Interest Group at the Internet Society (ISOC.ORG).Mr. Palage is an intellectual property attorney and an information technology consultant. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and JD in Law and is a founder... Read More →
avatar for Christa Taylor

Christa Taylor

CEO, dotTBA Inc.
Christa Taylor is passionate about new gTLDs and their impact on the internet, she has launched new gTLDs, supported over 50 new gTLDs applicants, ranging from small companies to some of the largest brands in the world, developed business strategies, marketing and promotional strategies... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:00pm

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
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

1:00pm

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
1: ICA Breakout Room Salon 1, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

3:00pm

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

3:00pm

5:00pm

Rock the Cashbar : 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.

Monday September 17, 2018 5:00pm - 7:30pm
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 
Tuesday, September 18
 

10:00am

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

10:00am

1:15pm

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
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

3:00pm

Rock the Cashbar : 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.

Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:00pm - 6:00pm
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

6:00pm

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

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