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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!

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Saturday, September 15
 

10:15am

Future of Web Design
The future of web design is at hand and as technology advances, web design is set for some big changes. In this session, Jason Nickerson will take a look into technologic advancements and design concepts that will drive the web into the future.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Nickerson

Jason Nickerson

Founder, CMS Summit
Open Source Evangelist


Saturday September 15, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
1: ICA Breakout Room Salon 1, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

3:30pm

Lead Generation: What’s the Point of a Persona Without a Plan?
Lead Generation: What’s the Point of a Persona Without a Plan?

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Lantzman

Naomi Lantzman

Signify Studio
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Naomi Lantzman is a digital marketing consultant now residing in sunny Tampa, Florida with her husband and two young children. She helps businesses and organizations leverage the power of digital marketing to increase their visibility, engage with... Read More →


Saturday September 15, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
2: EMOJI Breakout Room Salon 2, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 
Sunday, September 16
 

10:15am

Bringing your site to life - functional SVG animation
It's no longer "Animation on the web" ... the trend is "Animation of the Web." Whether expanding page elements to show more detail, using layers to make a complex topic simple, viewing real-time metrics and BI graphics, or navigation elements that keep users oriented to a site's Information Architecture and flow, vector graphics are not just for fancy icons and responsive logos. This talk explores bringing movement into your CMS template in a way that supports your brand, enhances user comfort and improves their experience, while reducing site footprint and enhancing performance. Guidelines will be shared for selecting the optimum tools for a particular task. Demos will range from simple native CSS transforms and using the emerging Web Animation API, to illustrating complex ideas using BI tools (D3 and Chartist) and GreenSock . Following the survey of technologies, we will have a deep dive into example implementations to contrast the animation techniques and highlight the few cross-browser and cross-platform implementation issues you need to avoid in your projects. We will end with exploring GreenSock 's MorphSVG  and DrawSVG plugins. There is a reason GSAP has quickly become the go-to tool for fast, browser-stable production solutions.

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Speakers
avatar for Duke Speer

Duke Speer

Chief Coffee Distributor, The Elevating Project


Sunday September 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:15pm

Embracing SaaS - PANEL
Software as a service is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. SaaS has become a common delivery model for many business applications, including office software, messaging software, payroll processing software, DBMS software, management software, CAD software, development software, gamification, virtualization, accounting, collaboration, customer relationship management (CRM), Management Information Systems (MIS), enterprise resource planning (ERP), invoicing, human resource management (HRM), talent acquisition, learning management systems, content management (CM), and service desk management.SaaS has been incorporated into the strategy of nearly all leading enterprise software companies.

Moderators
avatar for Duke Speer

Duke Speer

Chief Coffee Distributor, The Elevating Project

Speakers
avatar for Gev Balyan

Gev Balyan

Founder, Ucraft
Gev Balyan is the founder of Ucraft. He has extensive experience in CMSs and in the democratization of web development. Gev also has special interest in user experience and search engine optimization. He has limitless energy that passes to all the members of his awesome team.
avatar for Justin Davis

Justin Davis

Founder, CrowdSync
Justin Davis is a user experience designer and founder of Madera Labs and CrowdSync. A veteran technologist with nearly 20 years experience in designing and building digital products, Justin has worked with companies like Google, Coke Zero and Bic to help design compelling product... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Nikolay Nedev

Nikolay Nedev

Business Development, Ranking Coach
Nikolay Nedev has a played key role in Business Development at rankingCoach for the past 2 years. Having over 12 years of experience in IaaS and PaaS, Nikolay previously managed a hosting partner program that covers almost 90 Countries worldwide.Being an expert in Business Development... Read More →


Sunday September 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:00pm
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:15pm

Who Moved My Editor? Addressing Gutenberg Facts and Fears.
Change is hard. For a developer, change to our workflow is harder. In his book, “Who moved my cheese?” Dr. Spencer Johnson uses an allegory to teach healthy coping mechanisms for change.

When it comes to choosing a CMS, developers rely upon the tool we’re most familiar with. Traditionally, WordPress doesn’t make breaking changes. But with the upcoming release of the Gutenberg editor in WordPress 5.0, how can we realistically adjust both our attitudes and our workflows?

What if WordPress forks? What if it forks several times? How do page builders fit into a Gutenberg world? How will my favorite plugins adapt? Will my clients’ sites break? It’s okay to ask questions. Learning to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to change leads us to a healthy place of positive acceptance. In this talk, we will spend some time discussing the actual risk-benefit assessment of WordPress 5.0. You will leave with a better outlook -- guaranteed.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Demopoulos

Mike Demopoulos

Evangelist, BoldGrid
Mike “Demo” Demopoulos is the Treasurer for Open Source Matters and the co-oraganizer for JoomlaDay Minnesota. He is also a member of the Joomla Finance and World Conference teams. Currently Mike travels the world as an evangelist for Joomla, inMotion Hosting and BoldGrid.Twitt... Read More →


Sunday September 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:00pm
2: EMOJI Breakout Room Salon 2, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

3:15pm

Crucial E-commerce Trends That Impact Your Business
E-commerce is changing the business landscape. Learn about global trends that are impacting businesses globally, including the Amazon effect. Take away actionable insights to leverage e-commerce in your company.

Speakers

Sunday September 16, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
1: ICA Breakout Room Salon 1, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 

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