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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
 

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

8:00pm

No-Host Networking @ Jon T's Lounge
Looking to connect with other MERGE conference attendees before it all begins?

Jon T's Lounge, located in the corner of the Lobby near the MERGE conference space, will be a very likely place to find fellow conference-goers - Enjoy after-hours no-host networking with VIPs, Speakers, Moderators, and other attendees and boost your pre-conference benefits.

Friday September 14, 2018 8:00pm - Saturday September 15, 2018 12:00am
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

10:00pm

VIPs Hospitality Suite hosted by .ICU
VIP Ticket Holder Event - network and schmooze with the VIPs and Speakers

Friday September 14, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday September 15, 2018 12:00am
THE Hospitality Suite Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs
 
Saturday, September 15
 

12:00pm

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

12:15pm

Facilitated Networking Exercise
Meet peers, connect with new and important contacts, and elevate your game - with facilitated networking exercises.  Heads-up: BRING BUSINESS CARDS

Speakers
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 →


Saturday September 15, 2018 12:15pm - 12:45pm
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

8:00pm

Hospitality Suite Networking- Sponsored by Fabulous.com
VIP Ticket Required

Enjoy after-hours networking with VIPs, Speakers, Moderators, and more!

Sponsors

Saturday September 15, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 
Sunday, September 16
 

11:15am

Using Wordpress Effectively with Multiple Domains
Speakers
avatar for Kellie Peterson

Kellie Peterson

Automattic


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

4:30pm

Jeff Sass: Branding Lessons - From Monster Movies to Domain Names
Jeff SassAn established and successful chief marketing officer and entrepreneur, once upon a time Jeff Sass spent seven years making low-budget action/horror films for legendary independent movie studio Troma, home of THE TOXIC AVENGER. It turns out there are a lot of similarities between film making and starting companies, and the lessons Jeff learned making B-movies have served him well in the C-Suite.
"Everything I Know about Business and Marketing, I Learned from The Toxic Avenger (One Man’s Journey to Hell’s Kitchen and Back)" is full of practical business and marketing insight and inspiration drawn from the often comical trials and tribulations of creating cult-classic independent films. Sass shares lessons learned from his experiences ranging from RABID GRANNIES to READING RAINBOW (yes, at one time Troma actually represented licensing rights to the Emmy Award–Winning PBS TV series!), and he cleverly turns his tales of movie making mayhem into useful nuggets of business and marketing wisdom applicable to any industry, including yours.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Sass

Jeff Sass

DotClub



Sunday September 16, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

5:30pm

Larry Fischer's "Registered or Not Registered"
Larry Fisher invented a game show - where the audience competes for prizes while guessing which of the domain names listed are 'Registered or Not Registered'.  Sounds crazy, but it is CRAZY FUN!

This fun, lively activity is very popular at conferences and a perfect bookend to the day's activities before enjoying cocktails and evening networking, and Larry's careful curation and fun presentation style makes these a truly special part of the whole MERGE experience.

Speakers

Sunday September 16, 2018 5:30pm - 6:15pm
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

9:00pm

Hospitality Suite Networking: Sponsored by Fabulous.com
Enjoy after-hours networking with VIPs, Speakers, Moderators, and more!

Sponsors

Sunday September 16, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 
Monday, September 17
 

10:30am

ICA Members' Meeting
What IS it worth?   These folks might have the answer.

Domains as digital assets can be the most valuable and crucial choices that a company makes.  Given the maturity of the domain name system after 30+ years, many of the most premium names are registered.  Just like with real estate, location talks - and the secondary market often becomes the primary market.  But unlike the real estate market, where comparables can often provide insight into similar sales, much of the domain market is opaque, private sales between parties, or comparables are a challenge due to the distinctiveness of names - and all are unique.

Speakers
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 →
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 →

Sponsors

Monday September 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
1: ICA Breakout Room Salon 1, 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)

4:00pm

Meet the ICA - The Internet Commerce Association
Meet the Internet Commerce Association - hear from the Executive Director of the ICA, Kamila Sekiewicz, about the important work that the ICA does.

Speakers
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 →
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 →

Sponsors

Monday September 17, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

4:30pm

A Fireside Chat with ICANN
Join us for a fireside chat to learn more about ICANN, what they do, what they don't do, and how they work to ensure that the Internet Names and Numbers work in a stable, reliable, and resilient manner.

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 Jennifer Gore

Jennifer Gore

Director of Registrar Services and Engagement, ICANN
Jennifer Gore is one of the most historically involved females in the domain name industry. She is currently the Director of Registrar Engagement at ICANN. Formally, Jennifer was the Senior Director of Policy for Web.com. As a long-time member of the ICANN community, Ms. Gore has... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

9:30pm

Hospitality Suite Networking- Sponsored by Fabulous.com
Enjoy after-hours networking with VIPs, Speakers, Moderators, and more!

Sponsors

Monday September 17, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 
Tuesday, September 18
 

3:00pm

Content the Media Way - Content that Attracts and Keeps Viewers
In this session panelists will discuss how media outlets are changing due to social media and digital breakthroughs. 


Panelists will talk about content that attracks and keeps viewers. Panelists will also share the types of content that draws their attention and some of their favorite social media/digital content. 

Moderators
avatar for Karla Campos

Karla Campos

Owner, Social Media Sass
Karla Campos is a popular Latina entrepreneur mom, influencer, and author. Karla has been featured on several media outlets including Entrepreneur.com, Inc.com, NBC6, La Maxima, and Telemundo for her knowledge and works with entrepreneurship, media, and marketing.Karla worked at Telemundo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brinkmann

Paul Brinkmann

Paul Brinkmann - a business journalist who has spent ten years covering the most exciting business news in Florida -- from SpaceX and new satellite factories, to breaking news about Universal's new theme park, to covering billion-dollar fraud schemes in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 
Wednesday, September 19
 

11:00am

Post MERGE Breakfasts
What a week!  With so many attendees travelling from so many countries, we take this last opportunity to enjoy meals offsite with some of the moderators, speakers, sponsors, and show team before heading back home to the doldrums of life behind the monitor.

Wednesday September 19, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Various - Disney Springs Disney Springs Walking Bridge, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
 

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