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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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TLDFest [clear filter]
Saturday, September 15
 

12:00pm EDT

Welcome Ceremony
Join us as we welcome the attendees to the second annual MERGE and CMS Summit, fifth THE Domain Conference, and launch the TLDFest and SubMerge/Subbox conferences with the MERGE Blockchain and MERGE Security brands.

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 Ray Neu

Ray Neu

Co-Founder, MERGE! Show
avatar for Jason Nickerson

Jason Nickerson

Founder, CMS Summit
Open Source Evangelist


Saturday September 15, 2018 12:00pm - 12:15pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Networking

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
 

9:30am EDT

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 EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, 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)

11:15am EDT

Using Wordpress Effectively with Multiple Domains
Speakers
avatar for Kellie Peterson

Kellie Peterson

Automattic


Sunday September 16, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Keynote

6:15pm EDT

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 EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 
Monday, September 17
 

11:00am EDT

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 EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

5:00pm EDT

LEGAL MATTERS: UDRP AND ACPA UPDATES
Moderators
avatar for Howard Neu

Howard Neu

President/CEO, THE DOMAIN CONFERENCE
Among the most-recognized faces of the domain industry, Howard Neu is the President of THE Domain Conference. Of course, anyone in the industry will remember Howard as one of the co-founders of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. show, and his indefatigable work as the mild-mannered moderator of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ava Doppelt

Ava Doppelt

Shareholder, Allen, Dyer, Doppelt + Gilchrist, PA
Ava Doppelt is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Intellectual Property Law. She manages trademark and copyright portfolios, and has substantial litigation experience in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, advising clients on trademark, publishing, entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Ari  Goldberger

Ari Goldberger

Counsel, ESQwire.com PC
Ari Goldberger is an entrepreneur and lawyer who created the Internet law firmESQwire.com and is the founder and CEO of the best name in healthcare, MD.com. After graduating with honors from Rutgers Law School, in 1992 Ari began practicing as a litigator with Pepper Hamilton, LLC... Read More →
avatar for Gerald Levine

Gerald Levine

Partner, Levine Samuel, LLP
avatar for Zak Muscovitch

Zak Muscovitch

Lawyer, DNattorney.com
Zak Muscovitch is the principal of The Muscovitch Law Firm which operates DNattorney.com. Zak has practiced international domain name law since 1999.Zak represents parties in domain name leasing transactions and has completed leasing arrangements for domain names valued in the millions... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  THE Domain Conference, Panel

5:00pm EDT

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

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

What Makes a Startup Successful
Speakers
avatar for Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

CEO, DotClub


Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

11:00am EDT

ccTLDs - Their utility, value and benefit
ccTLDs are widely used, some are generically available and are in high demand like .io, .co, .me, .fm, .tv or .cc, some are only available nationally like .com.au ; others are primarily used within their countries, such as .ca, .de, and .nl.

Meet ccTLD operators, investors, and service providers within the aftermarket space that make this ever evolving area of opportunity work.

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 Peter Maxymych

Peter Maxymych

Founder, Emall.ca
Founder of Emall.ca Inc. one of the first Registrants of cctlds in Canada. Dot ca. Several thousand registrations.
avatar for Roelof Meijer

Roelof Meijer

CEO, SIDN
avatar for Ray Neu

Ray Neu

Co-Founder, MERGE! Show


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
1: ICA Breakout Room Salon 1, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  THE Domain Conference, Panel or Presentation

11:00am EDT

[CLOSED SESSION, OFFSITE] Roundtable.org / TLDFest Group post-show TLD Application Session P1
This is a private and closed group meeting occurring during MERGE, and is not open to the public.


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:00pm EDT

Digital Brands in 2018 - dotBrands and Corporate Domain Portfolios
Join Martin Kuechenthal, Cole Quinn, Jochen Kieler, Mike Rodenbaugh and other domain professionals for a discussion of the state of dotBrands and corporate domain portfolio management of large companies.

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 Jochen Kieler

Jochen Kieler

Partner & CSO, Brandit
Jochen Kieler is a highly respected domain industry veteran specializing in International Corporate Management with over 16 years of experience in the Domain and Internet Industry. As the Chief Strategy Officer for the Euopean-based BrandIT, Jochen oversees the international... Read More →
avatar for Martin Kuechenthal

Martin Kuechenthal

CEO, Lemarit
Martin Kuechenthal is the co-founder and CEO of LEMARIT GmbH, an ICANN accredited registrar and specialist in digital brand protection since 2002. LEMARIT is based in northern Germany.Martin is deeply involved and well connected in the domain industry and he also holds a seat in the... Read More →
avatar for Cole Quinn

Cole Quinn

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporate Domains and .BRAND TLD Portfolio, Microsoft
My team manages the corporate domain portfolio for Microsoft. I'm also working with colleagues across the company to align brand/marketing strategies with our domains program, as well as developing strategies and use cases for our eight .Brand TLDs. This last aspect is aided significantly... Read More →
avatar for Mike Rodenbaugh

Mike Rodenbaugh

Rodenbaugh Law
Rodenbaugh Law represents clients in all matters relating to domain names, trademarks, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property, and in e-commerce, licensing and marketing transactions, litigation and alternative dispute resolution efforts. Broadly speaking, Mike and his... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  THE Domain Conference, Keynote

2:00pm EDT

[CLOSED SESSION, OFFSITE] Roundtable.org / TLDFest Group post-show TLD Application Session P2
This is a private and closed group meeting occurring during MERGE, and is not open to the public.

Interested parties can click Engage to request inclusion - before 9/12, and those selected will be contacted by the organizer with the location on the day of.

This activity is not being operated by MERGE and the MERGE organizers can suggest, but not guarantee participation of parties who have enrolled. 


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

3:00pm EDT

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

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