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Saturday, October 14
 

9:00am EDT

MERGE! Registration
Saturday October 14, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Registration Area Saturday - Table outside Salon 14, Sunday-Wednesday - Crystal Registration

10:00am EDT

Growth Driven Design (the hubspot philosophy)
Limited Capacity seats available

Growth driven design with the Hubspot philosophy. Pull up a chair.

Saturday October 14, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

10:00am EDT

I am selling domains
Limited Capacity seats available

Got some names for sale? Pull up a chair

Saturday October 14, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

10:00am EDT

Newsletter Marketing
Limited Capacity seats available

Using Newsletters to help business owners better market and connect with buyers both in person and online. Pull up a chair.

Moderators
avatar for Jason Nickerson

Jason Nickerson

Founder, CMS Summit
Open Source Evangelist

Saturday October 14, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

10:00am EDT

Piercing the ICO Hype
Limited Capacity seats available

Piercing ICO Hype - how do you find the right ones and avoid the wrong ones? Pull up a chair.

Moderators
avatar for Cate Colgan

Cate Colgan

CEO, Naming.Life
Naming, domain names, Names :)

Saturday October 14, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

10:00am EDT

Topics and Experts - Theme Discussion Tables
Just show up and form a topic stable - or enhance it by submitting yours in advance to so attendees know about your topic and time. To host a table/topic: CLICK HERE Meet and network with people that share common interests - or meet experts on a field that you have interest in.  Tables will have themes, for an hour, where there is a topic that is the focus of the discussion, or there is an expert in a particular field or practice.
These are smaller, and often better discussions. Keep it about the topic - no "infomercials", promotion, or sales hype please

Saturday October 14, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

10:00am EDT

Topics and Experts - Theme Discussion Tables
Just show up and form a topic stable - or enhance it by submitting yours in advance to so attendees know about your topic and time. To host a table/topic: CLICK HERE Meet and network with people that share common interests - or meet experts on a field that you have interest in.  Tables will have themes, for an hour, where there is a topic that is the focus of the discussion, or there is an expert in a particular field or practice.
These are smaller, and often better discussions. Keep it about the topic - no "infomercials", promotion, or sales hype please

Saturday October 14, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

10:00am EDT

Topics and Experts - Theme Discussion Tables
Meet and network with people that share common interests - or meet experts on a field that you have interest in.  Tables will have themes, for an hour, where there is a topic that is the focus of the discussion, or there is an expert in a particular field or practice.
These are smaller, and often better discussions.

Saturday October 14, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

11:00am EDT

MERGE! Hospitality Suite
We get it - you just arrived... while the event is starting to begin, this is a place to come meet and plan out the day or connect with the other attendees.

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Saturday MERGE Hospitality Suite

11:00am EDT

Ethereum's ENS
Limited Capacity seats available

ENS (ens.domains) discussion - talk about .ETH - pull up a chair.

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

11:00am EDT

Geo Domains
Limited Capacity seats available

Pull up a chair :)

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

11:00am EDT

How to be a Road Warrior
Limited Capacity seats available

Title sums it up. Pull up a chair.

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

11:00am EDT

I am buying domains
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you wanting to buy domains? Pull up a chair

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

11:00am EDT

Investing in Domain Names
Limited Capacity seats available

Investing in domain names - learn about it, talk about it, if it is something new to you or already familiar, investing in domain names is something cool to talk about.  Pull up a chair

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

11:00am EDT

Marketing and Social Networking
Limited Capacity seats available

To help business owners better market and connect with buyers both in person and online. Pull up a chair.

Moderators
avatar for Karla Campos

Karla Campos

entrepreneurmoms.club
Karla Campos is the Founder of Entrepreneur Moms Club. Karla is a speaker and educator. Karla is the winner of a Small Business Influencer award for 2013. Karla has spoken at different tech conferences including WordCamp Miami and Orlando, WebCongress, Niche Parent Conference, and... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

11:00am EDT

Pay Per Click / Advertising Revenue
Limited Capacity seats available

Advertising and Domains - learn more - Pull up a chair

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

11:00am EDT

SEO
Limited Capacity seats available

We will discuss nothing related to SEO, organic rankings, links, website penalties, getting more traffic from organic search. Pull up a chair.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Hartzer

Bill Hartzer

SEO Consultant, Bill Hartzer
Bill Hartzer is an independent SEO Consultant. He relies on his 20 years of direct SEO experience to provide technical SEO audits of websites, as well as technical link audits and link cleanups of websites. Mr. Hartzer is known worldwide for his research on the topic of search engine... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

11:00am EDT

Trademarks
Limited Capacity seats available

Just show up and form a topic stable - or enhance it by submitting yours in advance to so attendees know about your topic and time. To host a table/topic: CLICK HERE Meet and network with people that share common interests - or meet experts on a field that you have interest in.  Tables will have themes, for an hour, where there is a topic that is the focus of the discussion, or there is an expert in a particular field or practice.
These are smaller, and often better discussions. Keep it about the topic - no "infomercials", promotion, or sales hype please

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

11:00am EDT

Trusted Transaction Payment Handling and Escrow with Brandon Abbey
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to learn better ways to handle the exchange of moneys in a transaction while protecting yourself in the process?  Pull up a chair

Moderators
avatar for Brandon Abbey

Brandon Abbey

Payoneer

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

11:00am EDT

What's it worth? Appraising a Domain Name
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever wonder what that domain name is worth?  Have you recently gotten an offer that you want to understand how to respond to?  Have names to sell?  Pull up a chair.

Moderators
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 →

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

11:00am EDT

Wordpress
Limited Capacity seats available

An open dialogue with members of the WordPress community and those interested in being involved with it. Pull up a chair

Moderators
avatar for David Laietta

David Laietta

Orange Blossom Media / WordCamp Orlando, Dinosaur Iceberg
David Laietta is an organizer of WordPress Orlando and WordCamp Orlando. He has been using WordPress for nearly eight years now, and builds custom themes and plugins for clients. David is a co-founder of Dinosaur Iceberg, a creative agency based in Orlando. In addition to WordPress... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Saturday October 14, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Saturday MERGE Hospitality Suite

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Saturday October 14, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Saturday October 14, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

12:00pm EDT

Networking / Business Meeting / Green Room
Need a place to have a quick meeting, do that skype call, plan your speech, or have an interview?  This space is set up with round tables so that those meetings can happen.  We just ask that you respect other people's discussions and don't leave a mess (or flyers).

Room is made available courtesy of The Domain Name Association, http://thedna.org.

Saturday October 14, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

2:00pm EDT

WordPress - All of Your Questions Answered!
Well maybe not all of them, but hopefully most! I organize WordPress Orlando and WordCamp, and we’ve been active for close to six years. I get every kind of WordPress question imaginable. Chances are you’re using or considering using WordPress for your website. Do you have any problems, questions about how things work, or need suggestions? Come for a Q&A session, as well as live demonstrations where applicable. Don’t be embarrassed to ask a question, because most people in the room have also had the same question too! 1. Solutions to your WordPress problems 2. Suggestions for WordPress tools for your sites 3. Demonstrations on how to use various parts of WordPress 4. Live site critiques

Speakers
avatar for David Laietta

David Laietta

Orange Blossom Media / WordCamp Orlando, Dinosaur Iceberg
David Laietta is an organizer of WordPress Orlando and WordCamp Orlando. He has been using WordPress for nearly eight years now, and builds custom themes and plugins for clients. David is a co-founder of Dinosaur Iceberg, a creative agency based in Orlando. In addition to WordPress... Read More →


Saturday October 14, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

2:00pm EDT

Domain Investing Opportunities in Latin America
Meet Alfredo Pinochet, CEO of LatinTLD, who will present the many options and opportunities available for domain name registration and digital brand asset management in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Speakers
avatar for Alfredo Pinochet

Alfredo Pinochet

LatinTLD, President
Alfredo Pinochet is President of LatinTLD, a Registrar/Agent that focuses on the registration and management of domain name portfolios all across Latin America. Alfredo has been related to the domain name industry since 2001. He later founded LatinTLD with Natalia Viera in... Read More →


Saturday October 14, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

2:00pm EDT

Buying and Selling Domains
Limited Capacity seats available

This is going to be a popular table and a great place to meet others interested in buying and selling domains.  Who knew some of these were worth THAT much?!?!? Pull up a chair

Saturday October 14, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

2:00pm EDT

Cool Blockchain Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

Blockchain and decentralization are making some cool things possible. Exploring the ability of blockchain technology to decentralize existing institutions such as financial centers and publishing houses and return control and agency to everyday people. Pull up a chair.

Moderators
avatar for Kami Ahrens

Kami Ahrens

Social Media Coordinator, Embermine
As Public Relations Director for Embermine Inc., I work with our team and external contacts to build our network and raise awareness of our blockchain-based platform for creatives. With a Master's in Anthropology, I am interested in exploring the impacts of technology and decentralization... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

2:00pm EDT

Cool Domain Name Data Sources
Limited Capacity seats available

LOTS of great data sources exist for analytics or batch processing and doing cool things.  Come discuss data sources like Mozilla's Public Suffix List, ICANN's CZDAP, aftermarket feeds, and ICANN's Open Data Initiative.   Pull up a .chair

Saturday October 14, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

2:00pm EDT

IDN / ccTLD
Limited Capacity seats available

Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) - and Country Code TLDs (ccTLDs) - discuss with other interested people about the Universal Acceptance of IDN, the popularity of ccTLDs, and more.  Pull up a chair.



Saturday October 14, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

2:00pm EDT

Topics and Experts - Theme Discussion Tables
Just show up and form a topic stable - or enhance it by submitting yours in advance to so attendees know about your topic and time. To host a table/topic: CLICK HERE Meet and network with people that share common interests - or meet experts on a field that you have interest in.  Tables will have themes, for an hour, where there is a topic that is the focus of the discussion, or there is an expert in a particular field or practice.
These are smaller, and often better discussions. Keep it about the topic - no "infomercials", promotion, or sales hype please

Saturday October 14, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

2:00pm EDT

MERGE! Hospitality Suite
We get it - you just arrived... while the event is starting to begin, this is a place to come meet and plan out the day or connect with the other attendees.

Saturday October 14, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Saturday MERGE Hospitality Suite

2:00pm EDT

MERGE! Registration
Saturday October 14, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Registration Area Saturday - Table outside Salon 14, Sunday-Wednesday - Crystal Registration

3:00pm EDT

What the duck? A/B Testing

You know that feeling of relief you get when you finish a big marketing project? You did everything right, the bosses seem satisfied, and you feel like you can kick back and relax. I remember that feeling, as it lulled me into a false sense of security. Everything seemed great, I had sorted out all of our problems, and everyone treated me like I was the company rock star.
Until six months later…
The honeymoon phase had ended. Suddenly, management no longer felt satisfied. All those feelings of relief suddenly turn into sensations of dread.
What happened? Has this ever happened to you? It all starts with the purpose of the project in the first place. Did you ask the team about the project’s purpose? I mean, really ask what they really want? Let’s say, for example, that the site’s purpose had to do with selling more products. You might know that management wants to sell more products, but do you know what “more” actually means to them? You see, unless you can point to a quantifiable number that defines success, you have doomed your project to failure from the start.
Alas, if you have experienced this, then you know that we did not do that research before we launched our sites. Six months passed and we found ourselves in this uncomfortable situation. What do we do? You could scrap everything and start again, but that amounts to an enormous loss of time, effort, and money. Not to mention the fact that it virtually admits to management that you didn’t completely understand their goals when you started. Honestly, though, unless you completely missed the mark (unlikely if you’ve made it a few months without too much commotion), you probably have a pretty decent work product that just needs a little tweaking.
In this situation, you probably just need to make a few iterative changes to bring the campaign more closely into alignment with what management envisioned. A/B testing, or “split testing” as it’s sometimes referred to in our industry, provides one of the best solutions to accomplish that goal. A/B testing refers to trying different variations on a single controlled site (or piece of a site) and seeing which variant creates the best reaction.
Unfortunately, A/B testing offers its own unique challenges. For those that haven’t tried it before, an A/B test [without the proper process] may go something like this:
  1. Change six things
  2. Results go up or down
  3. You don’t know why
  4. Change six more things
  5. Result go up or down
  6. You have no idea why
  7. Rinse, repeat

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.Twitter... Read More →


Saturday October 14, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

3:00pm EDT

CryptoCurrency and ICO Topic Discussions Roundtable
This is a discussion / debate group to facilitate meeting others who share an interest in ICO/Cryptocurrency - to meet and discuss.

Moderators
avatar for Cate Colgan

Cate Colgan

CEO, Naming.Life
Naming, domain names, Names :)
avatar for James Drake

James Drake

CEO, Embermine

Saturday October 14, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

4:00pm EDT

An introduction to Augmented Reality with Aurasma
Aurasma is changing the way we interact with the world. Turn everyday objects, images, and places into new opportunities for engagement through striking augmented reality experiences. In this session, Robbie Adair will introduce you to the Aurasma platform.

Saturday October 14, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

4:00pm EDT

MERGE the Crowds Speed Networking
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring Business Cards.  We're going to run a 5 minute 1-1 discussion clock, multiple times, to help facilitate you meeting new contacts to enhance the start of the conference.  Open to all attendees of all MERGE subevents.

Saturday October 14, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

5:00pm EDT

Building with Craft CMS
It can often feel like being a Front-End Developer isn't enough to build a great website anymore. Many CMS platforms require a deep understanding just to create a theme and design your content. Alternatively, you're left with hacking away at someone else's theme to get it looking even close to the way you'd like. During this talk, Tim Knight will take you through Craft CMS to show you just how easy it can be and how powerful knowing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript can still make you as a Front-End Designer or Developer. He'll highlight the Twig templating system built into Craft, show how to pull data into templates, and quickly architect features like blogs, user registration, and login forms. Building with Craft will quickly get you comfortable and confident in Craft CMS by seeing real-world examples come to life around a content experience you and your clients are going to love

Speakers
avatar for Tim Knight

Tim Knight

Director of User Experience, GravityFree Studios
Tim Knight is an award-winning product designer and software developer who has been working on the web since 1996. Since 2002, Tim has been working in the agency world to help clients develop their web projects both in service and product design. He is currently the Director of User... Read More →


Saturday October 14, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

5:00pm EDT

How to Talk Content: A Guide for Developers
Content can make or break a great website. While developers aren’t always in control of creating the content, it’s an integral part of their jobs. If you are tired of getting vague specs on content demands and want to learn how to communicate with your content creators, the tips covered in this talk will get you speaking their language! No more fuzzy constraints or unknown variables, when you learn effective communication skills with content creators you’ll reduce stress AND development time!

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Melegari

Lisa Melegari

Calico Content, Calico Content
Lisa’s internet career began with a web content company, which pushed her to learn more about the wonderful world of WordPress. After becoming a member and organizer of the WordPress Orlando meetups and WordCamp, she became enamored of the power of WordPress and the amazing community around it... Read More →


Saturday October 14, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14
 
Sunday, October 15
 

8:00am EDT

Expo Setup
Closed to public, exhibitors only

Sunday October 15, 2017 8:00am - 10:00am EDT
Exhibits Enter Salon 9, Exhibits are Salons 9,10,11

8:30am EDT

Registration and Badging Open
Arrivals and Registration - badging open at registration desk

Sunday October 15, 2017 8:30am - 6:00pm EDT
Crystal Registration Desk Atrium Near Grand Rooms

10:00am EDT

WELCOME / ORIENTATION / KEYNOTE : Jennifer Wolfe
Kicking off MERGE with Jennifer Wolfe of Brand360 and an update on the world of branding

Moderators
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Public Suffix List
Jothan Frakes, has worked as a volunteer maintainer of the Public Suffix List since 2008, and works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He has held senior management roles in numerous Regisrtty and Registrar... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jen Wolfe

Jen Wolfe

Founder & CEO, Dot Brand 360
Jen Wolfe is an entrepreneur, author, digital leader and global IP strategist. She has written a series of highly acclaimed books, Digital in the Boardroom, Brand Rewired and Domain Names Rewired, endorsed by senior executives from Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Warner... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

10:35am EDT

Domain or Not Domain Game
Larry Fischer's Domain or Not Domain Game is fun and entertaining - and one lucky participant could win a pass to the next MERGE or THE Domain Conference

Speakers
avatar for Larry Fischer

Larry Fischer

Owner, GetYourDomain.com
Larry Fischer is a domain expert who specializes in top-level generic domains since 1997. He has participated in many notable domain purchases to date, including Messenger.comHome.comChat.comAutoparts.com, and Stocks.com. Larry was a co-founder of one of the first doma... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 10:35am - 10:55am EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

11:00am EDT

Blockchain 101 : The Basics
This Blockchain Roadshow session will introduce you to the basics of Blockchain, the distributed platform, and will cover 
  • What Blockchain is.
  • Why Blockchain is compelling.
  • How Blockchain is currently being used (real life examples).
  • What some of the issues and risks are.
  • What projects are underway.
  • Why many are saying Blockchain will revolutionlze business and everyday life.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Hansen

Ken Hansen

Farsight Security, Inc.


Sunday October 15, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

11:00am EDT

Gantry 5 - A cross-platform theme framework for all skill levels
This session will introduce you to Gantry 5, a well established theme framework compatible with Grav, Joomla and Wordpress. We will cover the core concepts behind the framework such as styles, page settings, layout manager, menu manager, assignments. We will then delve into the more advanced aspects of Gantry that make it so unique like overriding system, drag & drop simplicity, presets / styles, particles.

Speakers
avatar for Djamil Legato

Djamil Legato

Trilby Media / Grav CMS, Trilby Media
Djamil Legato is a full-stack developer with a passion for the web and over 15 years of experience. He has been involved in Open Source since 2006 beginning with the MooTools JavaScript framework, of which he is a core developer. He has been part of the development of the Gantry Framework... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

11:00am EDT

Wordpress with Brett Napoli
Join Brett Napoli, recognized for his tenure as a skilled solutions provider and sought speaking talents, for a session that will enhance your skills, talents and understanding about Wordpress.

Speakers
avatar for Brett Napoli

Brett Napoli

Founder & CEO, Ambition Insight
Brett is the Founder & CEO of Ambition Insight, a Fort Lauderdale-based Web Development and Media company specializing in WordPress websites, Web Consulting and Online Publishing. Brett is an experienced web developer and manager of premium websites, online publications, digital media and Internet assets. Since 2009, his online... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

11:00am EDT

ccTLDs: Value, Benefit, and Market
This session will focus on the market of ccTLDs and their value and attraction.  You'll learn a lot and meet some valuable contacts.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Alagna

Joe Alagna

Afilias, Director of Business Development
Joe is the Director of Business Development at Afilias and an expert on country-code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) as well as new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). Previously, he was the V.P. of Channel Development for 101domain, specializing in global brand development. He was GM... Read More →
avatar for Ilze Kaulins-Plaskacz

Ilze Kaulins-Plaskacz

ExcellentDomains.ca, Founder and Owner
Ilze Kaulins-Plaskacz is the first and only recipient of the Domain Industry's "Women in Domaining" award. Ilze is a sought after Speaker and Moderator on the subject of Domains in North America, Europe and the Middle East.She has been a serious domainer for almost 2 decades and is... Read More →
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 Alfredo Pinochet

Alfredo Pinochet

LatinTLD, President
Alfredo Pinochet is President of LatinTLD, a Registrar/Agent that focuses on the registration and management of domain name portfolios all across Latin America. Alfredo has been related to the domain name industry since 2001. He later founded LatinTLD with Natalia Viera in... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

11:00am EDT

The Legal Nature and Uses of Domain Names
In this session we examine the existential nature of domain names under competing legal systems, the ability of domain names to serve as collateral assets, the availability of domain names to satisfy judgments, and the basics of domain name transactions.

Speakers
avatar for Paul D. McGrady

Paul D. McGrady

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP
BIOGRAPHY Paul McGrady works with clients in the adoption, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement of trademarks in the United States and throughout the world. Paul represents large brand owners, including new gTLD registries, in their domain name and ICANN matters as well as brand-friendly... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Diamond Training Room (5th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 5

11:00am EDT

Networking / Business Meeting / Green Room
Need a place to have a quick meeting, do that skype call, plan your speech, or have an interview?  This space is set up with round tables so that those meetings can happen.  We just ask that you respect other people's discussions and don't leave a mess (or flyers).

Room is made available courtesy of The Domain Name Association, http://thedna.org.

Sunday October 15, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

11:00am EDT

MERGE! Open Expo Hall
Exhibit hall open - meet the amazing vendors - products, services, and people that are exhibiting and demonstrating their offerings. Meet new companies - remember, you may be at MERGE for one thing and exhibitors may have something cool you have not seen before. Check it out!

Sunday October 15, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm EDT
Exhibits Enter Salon 9, Exhibits are Salons 9,10,11

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Sunday October 15, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Sunday October 15, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Sunday October 15, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Sunday October 15, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Sunday October 15, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Diamond Training Room (5th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 5

2:00pm EDT

Afternoon Keynote / Plenary : Fireside Chat with Chris Dispain
Meet Chris Dispain - A fireside chat

Moderators
avatar for BRADEN POLLOCK

BRADEN POLLOCK

Founder & Owner, Legal Brand Marketing LLC
BRADEN POLLOCK Braden Pollock is a well-known domainer and serial entrepreneur who owns several companies, both online and off. Among his businesses is Legal Brand Marketing, LLC, (LegalBrandMarketing.com) which focuses primarily on lead generation for DUI attorneys as well as l... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Disspain

Chris Disspain

ICANN Board
From October 2000 to April 2016 Chris was the Chief Executive Officer of .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), the non-profit company that is the independent governing body/manager of the Australian Internet domain name space and the policy body governing the Domain Name Space in... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

2:50pm EDT

Meet RentBerry
Meet RentBerry - A Decentralized Home Rental Program

Speakers
avatar for Sergei Gritsenko

Sergei Gritsenko

Co-Founder and COO, Rentberry
Serial Entrepreneur with background in strategic leadership with a proven track record of successfully leading projects in a variety of industries, ranging from high-tech, advertising, marketing, entertainment and blockchain. Contributed to the success of creative and technical teams... Read More →



Sunday October 15, 2017 2:50pm - 3:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

3:00pm EDT

Intro to Digital Search Summit
Meet Bill Hartzer of Digital Search Summit. Learn about SEO, Paid Search, and Digital Marketing in 2017.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Hartzer

Bill Hartzer

SEO Consultant, Bill Hartzer
Bill Hartzer is an independent SEO Consultant. He relies on his 20 years of direct SEO experience to provide technical SEO audits of websites, as well as technical link audits and link cleanups of websites. Mr. Hartzer is known worldwide for his research on the topic of search engine... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 3:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

3:00pm EDT

Business with Blockchain : Meet Innovators
Meet businesses that are innovating and creating new business with Blockchain, and leveraging the capabilities of the Blockchain to create new products, services, and value.

In this session, meet the CEOs of two very innovative companies that are doing different things using Blockchain, Cognate and Embermine.


Moderators
avatar for Ken Hansen

Ken Hansen

Farsight Security, Inc.

Speakers
avatar for Bennett Collen

Bennett Collen

CEO, Cognate
Bennett has been recognized as a thought leader in the legal technology space, specifically regarding the application of blockchain technology to trademarks. Bennett sits on the Blockchain Intellectual Property Council within the Digital Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member... Read More →
avatar for James Drake

James Drake

CEO, Embermine


Sunday October 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

3:00pm EDT

Ownership Protection and Domain Name Security
High value domain names get hijacked from time to time, which can result in loss of profits and also unneccessary expenses and time lost to recovery.  Learn about how to keep savvy about the domain names that you own or manage so you can avoid this pain, by understanding the weak links in the domain ownership chain, and how to make the chain stronger.  

Speakers
avatar for Theodore Develegas

Theodore Develegas

Owner, Acroplex.com
I'm a systems analyst and a published video games author, with 25 years of experience in digital media creation and professional journalism. In the 80’s and early 90’s, I covered the gaming industry’s expansion, as a games programmer and a journalist for top computer publications... Read More →
avatar for Bill Sweetman

Bill Sweetman

President, Name Ninja, Name Ninja
Bill Sweetman is the President & Lead Ninja of Name Ninja (http://www.nameninja.com), a boutique domain name acquisition firm that helps global entrepreneurs, startups, and marketers get their dream domain names for their next big thing. He has provided strategic domain name advice... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

3:00pm EDT

Grav CMS - Creating faster and better websites with a modern flat-file CMS
An introduction to Grav CMS, a modern open-source flat-file CMS built to be fast, flexible, and extensible. This session will cover the basics of why Grav makes a great alternative to traditional database-driven platforms by discussing it's benefits and limitations. We will cover origins of the project, system requirements, getting up and running, basic architecture overview, extending Grav with plugins, admin plugin overview, and basic theming.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Miller

Andy Miller

Trilby Media / Grav CMS, Trilby Media LLC
Andy Miller is a web developer with over 20 years of experience, having worked for fortune 100 companies, dot-com startups, and now runs his own businesses. Andy is a former core-team member of Joomla, as well as the CEO of RocketTheme, one of the longest running theme development... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

3:15pm EDT

Organic SEO
Organic SEO is the art of creating content and optimizing your website so you get those natural, free listings in the search engines. We'll talk about creating great content and optimizing it. SEO changes all the time, and evolves. Learn what's important for SEO in 2017.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Goodwin

Danny Goodwin

Executive Editor, Search Engine Journal
Danny Goodwin is Executive Editor of Search Engine Journal. In addition to overseeing SEJ's editorial strategy and managing contributions from a team of 60+ industry experts, he also writes news and articles about SEO, PPC, social media marketing, content marketing. Danny has been... Read More →
avatar for Joe Laratro

Joe Laratro

President and Founder, Tandem Interactive
Joe Laratro is the President and Founder of Tandem Interactive. Joe started Tandem Interactive in April 2006 to focus on the underserviced areas of online marketing. Tandem Interactive has made a name for themselves based completely off of referrals and showing return for well-known... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

4:00pm EDT

Facebook
Facebook has recently become a major source of traffic and sales--for local businesses, national retailers, e-commerce sites, and anyone with a website. Learn how to get traffic from Facebook, why you should boost posts, and how to properly manage Facebook campaigns.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Davies

Mary Davies

President, Beanstalk Internet Marketing
Mary Davies, President of Beanstalk Internet Marketing, Inc. began her career as a web designer in 2002 and quickly began to see the importance of SEO and Internet marketing as part of a truly strong web presence. She soon began to approach web design with a strong leaning to not... Read More →
avatar for David Szetela

David Szetela

CEO, FMB Media
David is Owner and CEO of digital advertising agency FMB Media, and one of the world's best-known experts in online advertising. A former Apple Computer executive and serial entrepreneur, David's career has been dedicated to helping companies of all sizes maximize revenue... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

4:00pm EDT

Registry Premium Domains
Learn about Registry Premium Domain names and how they are registered, renewed, and managed.

Moderators
avatar for BRADEN POLLOCK

BRADEN POLLOCK

Founder & Owner, Legal Brand Marketing LLC
BRADEN POLLOCK Braden Pollock is a well-known domainer and serial entrepreneur who owns several companies, both online and off. Among his businesses is Legal Brand Marketing, LLC, (LegalBrandMarketing.com) which focuses primarily on lead generation for DUI attorneys as well as l... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Alagna

Joe Alagna

Afilias, Director of Business Development
Joe is the Director of Business Development at Afilias and an expert on country-code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) as well as new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). Previously, he was the V.P. of Channel Development for 101domain, specializing in global brand development. He was GM... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Nielsen

Kathy Nielsen

Librarian
Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian and an educator.  She is currently a popular genealogy speaker on the Monterey Peninsula.  She has been featured on Lisa Louise Cooke’s weekly YouTube program, Elevenses.  She is a co-founder of the Monterey County Genealogy Society’s... 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 →
avatar for Jay Westerdal

Jay Westerdal

CEO, .Feedback
Software development background, web page design, business development.Specialties: Extensive Google and Search Engine optimization knowledge. Government liaison, branding and identity, server architecture, mergers and acquisition, salary arbitration, international domain law.


Sunday October 15, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

4:00pm EDT

UDRP And Disputes
Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Gerald M. Levine, Esq

Gerald M. Levine, Esq

Gerald M. Levine, Esq. is the author of
Gerald M. Levine, Esq. is the author of the recently published book on trademarks, domain names, and cybersquatting, Domain Name Arbitration, A Practical Guide to Asserting and Defending Claims of Cybersquatting. His numerous articles have appeared in law journals and online publications... Read More →
avatar for Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman

Attorney, Greenberg & Lieberman
Intellectual Property, Bicycling, Gadgets, Tech


Sunday October 15, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

5:00pm EDT

Is the Drupal 8 Learning Curve Worth It? 8 Factors to Consider
The release of Drupal 8 in late 2015 was a watershed moment for the Drupal project - the culmination of years of work from the community as well as a new phase in the history of the project that brought long-needed features into Drupal core and modernized the codebase. Drupal 8 changed the way the community and project is involved with the PHP community, embracing modern PHP development principles and "encouraging" Drupal developers to modernize their tools and techniques. For developers, the major changes to Drupal 8's underlying architecture will require a significant investment in getting up-to-speed, with the big question of "is it worth it"? Organizations who are considering moving to Drupal 8 have the same question. In this presentation, we will look at some of the most important factors to consider.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Anello

Michael Anello

DrupalEasy, DrupalEasy
Co-founder and vice president of DrupalEasy, a Drupal training and consulting firm based in Central Florida. Specializing in Drupal training and development, he developed one of the first long-form Drupal career training programs and has been developing Drupal sites for over 9 years... Read More →


Sunday October 15, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

5:00pm EDT

MERGE the Crowds Speed Networking
Bring Business Cards.  We're going to run a 5 minute 1-1 discussion clock, multiple times, to help facilitate you meeting new contacts to enhance the start of the conference.  Open to all attendees of all MERGE subevents.

Sunday October 15, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9
 
Monday, October 16
 

8:00am EDT

Registration and Badging Open
Arrivals and Registration - badging open at registration desk

Monday October 16, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm EDT
Crystal Registration Desk Atrium Near Grand Rooms

9:00am EDT

MORNING WELCOME / KEYNOTE: David Sams
Morning intro and David Sams keynote/fireside chat interview.

David Sams is well known in the media, television, and radio industries.  He launched the careers of many well known celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey and Matt Lauer.

Join David, with Jothan Frakes interviewing him, for a vibrant discussion on rags to riches to rags to riches, a charming story of defending an over-reaching trademark bully, ways that domain owners and content developers can leverage the pivots in media that are happening, and more.  DO NOT MISS THIS SESSION.

Moderators
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Public Suffix List
Jothan Frakes, has worked as a volunteer maintainer of the Public Suffix List since 2008, and works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He has held senior management roles in numerous Regisrtty and Registrar... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Sams

David Sams

Sams Companies, Founder, Chairman and Chief Encouragement Officer
David Sams is one of the world’s most respected marketing strategists, a nine-time Emmy winning TV producer, author, speaker, and emerging technologies guru. He has been featured in the pages of TVGUIDE, USATODAY, and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. He has appeared on 60 MINUTES, ENTERTAIN... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

10:00am EDT

The CMS Showdown
Content Management Systems have changed the face of the web with over 50% of the internet running on either WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, or some CMS.  In this panel discussion, our CMS experts will showcase the features of these amazing projects and discuss why CMS's have become a standard in the web design industry.  If you are considering building your next project with a CMS, this is one session not to miss. 

Particpating CMSes:  Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Concrete5, Grav and Craft CMS
 

Moderators
avatar for Jason Nickerson

Jason Nickerson

Founder, CMS Summit
Open Source Evangelist

Speakers
avatar for Michael Anello

Michael Anello

DrupalEasy, DrupalEasy
Co-founder and vice president of DrupalEasy, a Drupal training and consulting firm based in Central Florida. Specializing in Drupal training and development, he developed one of the first long-form Drupal career training programs and has been developing Drupal sites for over 9 years... Read More →
avatar for Kat Christofer

Kat Christofer

WooCommerce
Tech writer and manager of more than 1,000 pages of documentation at WooCommerce.com, Kat has worked with WordPress since 2007 and evangelizes its benefits and of working remotely at WordCamps in Europe, Asia and Africa. Prior to joining WooThemes and Automattic, she built eCommerce... Read More →
avatar for JESSICA DUNBAR

JESSICA DUNBAR

Concrete 5 Evangelist
Jessica Dunbar is an open source evangelist for the Concrete5 CMS. Jessica has also volunteered for the Joomla CMS Production Leadership Team and was the Joomla Marketing Lead for Twitter.Twitter... 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 Tim Knight

Tim Knight

Director of User Experience, GravityFree Studios
Tim Knight is an award-winning product designer and software developer who has been working on the web since 1996. Since 2002, Tim has been working in the agency world to help clients develop their web projects both in service and product design. He is currently the Director of User... Read More →
avatar for Andy Miller

Andy Miller

Trilby Media / Grav CMS, Trilby Media LLC
Andy Miller is a web developer with over 20 years of experience, having worked for fortune 100 companies, dot-com startups, and now runs his own businesses. Andy is a former core-team member of Joomla, as well as the CEO of RocketTheme, one of the longest running theme development... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

10:00am EDT

 The Contractual Nature of the Domain Name System
We focus in this session on the series of contracts that holds the private sector domain name industry together. We will look at the interplay between RAs, RRAs, registrant agreements, backend provider agreements, private agreements with ccTLDs, the past and future Applicant Guidebook, and the zone of ICANN’s Contractual Compliance powers.

Speakers
avatar for Paul D. McGrady

Paul D. McGrady

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP
BIOGRAPHY Paul McGrady works with clients in the adoption, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement of trademarks in the United States and throughout the world. Paul represents large brand owners, including new gTLD registries, in their domain name and ICANN matters as well as brand-friendly... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

10:00am EDT

Domain Aftermarket 101
Have you come up with a great idea for a domain name only to find that the name(s) you want are not available? Don't give up! The domain you need may be available in the secondary market. Learn what the domain aftermarket is all about and discover proven methods to successfully acquire valuable domain names for business or investment.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Davis

Greg Davis

Sr. Director of Marketing, NameJet
Highly strategic and creative marketing leader with professional experience in public and private organizations, including, eCommerce, creative agency, digital marketing, web development, media and entertainment.B2B • B2C• SMB • Enterprise • Sales Enablement • Content... Read More →
avatar for Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt

Marketing Director, NameJet
Scott Pruitt is an Internet marketing professional specializing in SEO, email marketing, social media, graphic design, copywriting, and more. Scott’s Internet business experience goes back to 1996 working for the original stand-alone dial-up Internet Service Provider, AT&T Worldnet... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Tenenbaum

Jonathan Tenenbaum

GM, NameJet, LLC
Specialties: Domain Names, e-Commerce, Corporate Law, Internet Law, Commercial Transactions, Consumer Law, and Intellectual Property


Monday October 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

10:00am EDT

New TLDs : Purposed and Specific Examples
New Top Level Domains, like  .feedback, .nyc, .eco or .beer are a new frontier in digital branding.  The new normal for digital development and branding is ownership and management of a variety of domains, each purposeful and descriptive.

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Nielsen

Kathy Nielsen

Librarian
Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian and an educator.  She is currently a popular genealogy speaker on the Monterey Peninsula.  She has been featured on Lisa Louise Cooke’s weekly YouTube program, Elevenses.  She is a co-founder of the Monterey County Genealogy Society’s... Read More →
avatar for Jay Westerdal

Jay Westerdal

CEO, .Feedback
Software development background, web page design, business development.Specialties: Extensive Google and Search Engine optimization knowledge. Government liaison, branding and identity, server architecture, mergers and acquisition, salary arbitration, international domain law.


Monday October 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Diamond Training Room (5th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 5

10:00am EDT

MERGE! Open Expo Hall
Exhibit hall open - meet the amazing vendors - products, services, and people that are exhibiting and demonstrating their offerings. Meet new companies - remember, you may be at MERGE for one thing and exhibitors may have something cool you have not seen before. Check it out!

Monday October 16, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm EDT
Exhibits Enter Salon 9, Exhibits are Salons 9,10,11

11:00am EDT

Wordpress with Kat Christofer
Speakers
avatar for Kat Christofer

Kat Christofer

WooCommerce
Tech writer and manager of more than 1,000 pages of documentation at WooCommerce.com, Kat has worked with WordPress since 2007 and evangelizes its benefits and of working remotely at WordCamps in Europe, Asia and Africa. Prior to joining WooThemes and Automattic, she built eCommerce... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

11:00am EDT

Domain Name Disputes Session 1
Most attendees will instinctively understand what domain names are at risk in the informal dispute mechanisms (UDRP, URS, etc.) and which are not. This session will lay the groundwork of the elements of the dispute mechanisms and then focus on the “close calls.” We will also take a brief tour of some of the non-bad faith based dispute policies already in place in the gTLD industry.

Speakers
avatar for Paul D. McGrady

Paul D. McGrady

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP
BIOGRAPHY Paul McGrady works with clients in the adoption, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement of trademarks in the United States and throughout the world. Paul represents large brand owners, including new gTLD registries, in their domain name and ICANN matters as well as brand-friendly... 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 →


Monday October 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

11:00am EDT

Digital Branding Strategies that Work
Digital Branding and solutions for important brand strategies start with the right approach to digital asset management.  Learn about strategies for managing portfolios of domain names and working with other digital assets with industry leaders.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Sweetman

Bill Sweetman

President, Name Ninja, Name Ninja
Bill Sweetman is the President & Lead Ninja of Name Ninja (http://www.nameninja.com), a boutique domain name acquisition firm that helps global entrepreneurs, startups, and marketers get their dream domain names for their next big thing. He has provided strategic domain name advice... 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 →


Monday October 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

11:00am EDT

Private Meeting
THIS IS A PRIVATE MEETING, CLOSED TO GENERAL ATTENDANCE

Monday October 16, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Diamond Training Room (5th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 5

11:00am EDT

Networking / Business Meeting / Green Room
Need a place to have a quick meeting, do that skype call, plan your speech, or have an interview?  This space is set up with round tables so that those meetings can happen.  We just ask that you respect other people's discussions and don't leave a mess (or flyers).

Room is made available courtesy of The Domain Name Association, http://thedna.org.

Monday October 16, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Monday October 16, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Monday October 16, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Monday October 16, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Monday October 16, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

2:00pm EDT

Everything you ever wanted to know about Joomla!
Joomla! is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla! the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla! is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.

In this session Todd Woodward of the Joomla Certification team will showcase what makes Joomla an award winning CMS.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Woodward

Michael Woodward

Executive VP/Owner, Creative People Consulting, Inc.
I'm the first Joomla Learning Partner in the United States.


Monday October 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

2:00pm EDT

Domain Name Disputes Session 2
A deep dive into the ACPA and related causes of action will shed light on the potential liability within the domain name industry.  While seldom used, because of the cheap, accessible informal dispute mechanisms, the ACPA has teeth worth knowing about.

Speakers
avatar for Paul D. McGrady

Paul D. McGrady

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP
BIOGRAPHY Paul McGrady works with clients in the adoption, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement of trademarks in the United States and throughout the world. Paul represents large brand owners, including new gTLD registries, in their domain name and ICANN matters as well as brand-friendly... 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 →


Monday October 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

2:00pm EDT

Global Diversity and Inclusion
Global Diversity and Inclusion - meet amazing people and hear stories about the opportunities and innovation that are possible as we all evolve past provincial attitudes towards new and better ways.

Moderators
avatar for Herman Collins

Herman Collins

Herman Collins is a seasoned entrepreneur with broad executive search and recruitment experience. He has worked with companies of all stages of growth from Fortune 500 to start-ups. Herman has an extensive background in talent acquisition, global diversity and talent management as... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kami Ahrens

Kami Ahrens

Social Media Coordinator, Embermine
As Public Relations Director for Embermine Inc., I work with our team and external contacts to build our network and raise awareness of our blockchain-based platform for creatives. With a Master's in Anthropology, I am interested in exploring the impacts of technology and decentralization... Read More →
avatar for Kat Christofer

Kat Christofer

WooCommerce
Tech writer and manager of more than 1,000 pages of documentation at WooCommerce.com, Kat has worked with WordPress since 2007 and evangelizes its benefits and of working remotely at WordCamps in Europe, Asia and Africa. Prior to joining WooThemes and Automattic, she built eCommerce... Read More →
avatar for Erika Mann

Erika Mann

Covington & Burling LLP, Senior Advisor
Erika Mann is a senior European policy advisor in Covington’s EU Public Policy & Government Affairs team. As a former Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Mann has over 20 years of experience in policy related matters. Ms. Mann is a current member of the GNSO (Generic Names Supporting... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

2:00pm EDT

Appraisal and Valuation of Intangible Assets (Domains, IP, Brands)
Everyone knows that domain names and other intangible assets are valuable assets, but how do you put a price on them.  For Insurance, for Resale, for Inventory, for Loans, Legal Disputes or other reasons, this is imporant to know how to do, or who can do it for you.  Learn some tips, tricks, techniques and talents from some people who do this for a living.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Sweetman

Bill Sweetman

President, Name Ninja, Name Ninja
Bill Sweetman is the President & Lead Ninja of Name Ninja (http://www.nameninja.com), a boutique domain name acquisition firm that helps global entrepreneurs, startups, and marketers get their dream domain names for their next big thing. He has provided strategic domain name advice... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Colby

Ryan Colby

Founder & CEO, Token Fest, LLC
Ryan Colby is the Founder of Token Fest, LLC and the CEO of Outcome Brokerage, a premium domain name acquisition and divestment consultancy. He is an experienced Conference Producer who has managed award winning events in the past during his tenure with IDG World Expo including the... Read More →
avatar for Larry Fischer

Larry Fischer

Owner, GetYourDomain.com
Larry Fischer is a domain expert who specializes in top-level generic domains since 1997. He has participated in many notable domain purchases to date, including Messenger.comHome.comChat.comAutoparts.com, and Stocks.com. Larry was a co-founder of one of the first doma... Read More →
avatar for Tessa Holcomb

Tessa Holcomb

BrandIT, Managing Director, North America
With over 25 years experience in sales, marketing, CRM and business, Tessa Holcomb has a proven track record in organizational structure, negotiation, leading high performance teams, and executing to plan. Tessa is the Managing Director for corporate domain name management firm, BrandIT... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

3:00pm EDT

BYOD (Bring Your Own Domain)
Bring your idea and your domain and our panel will discuss the various options for building or enhancing the idea
 

Moderators
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.Twitter... Read More →

Speakers
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 Tim Knight

Tim Knight

Director of User Experience, GravityFree Studios
Tim Knight is an award-winning product designer and software developer who has been working on the web since 1996. Since 2002, Tim has been working in the agency world to help clients develop their web projects both in service and product design. He is currently the Director of User... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

3:00pm EDT

Conversion Rate Optimization 101
It’s time to get down to the basics of UX and conversion rate optimization on your website. You do not need to be a developer to get started, anybody can do it! Learn how to collect data, analyze data and optimize your WordPress website using various free marketing tools & plugins. You will discover ways to run simple AB tests, heat maps, basic and advanced analytics tools to better understand your visitors and optimize your website. Learn how to optimize your users experiences based off easily collected data.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Co-Owner, Data Driven Labs
Chris is co-owner of Data Driven Labs, a WordPress Maintenance and Marketing agency. He is a 17-year Internet marketing veteran with experience in web design & development, search engine optimization, online marketing, social media marketing and mobile development. He specializes in WordPress custom development utilizing... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

3:00pm EDT

Social Media
Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus. Learn about integrating social media into your online marketing campaigns to get more traffic and sales. Are you using social media properly and using it for PR? How do you track social media properly? Find the answers to those questions, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Buyer

Lisa Buyer

Author and CEO, The Buyer Group
Ahead of the curve and trend watcher at heart - I'm a brand junkie who loves to help companies best position themselves in the marketplace. Whether it's analyzing a corporate identity system, designing a single logo, choosing an appropriate paper, creating effective sound bytes, developing... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Stinson Ross

Michelle Stinson Ross

Gruen Digital Marketing Agency, VP of Marketing & Sales
Michelle Stinson Ross is an industry recognized authority on digital marketing, particularly the convergence of content, search, and social media. She brings an extensive knowledge of digital/new media marketing techniques and years of experience working with both B2B and B2C clients... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

3:00pm EDT

Engaging with the Chinese Buyer and Market
Learn about the Chinese market and how to best approach opportunities within the market.

Speakers
avatar for George Hong

George Hong

Founder & CEO, Guta
George (Guoliang) Hong is Founder and CEO of Guta.com, a premium domain name brokerage firm. Since registering his first domain name in 2001, George has gradually grown his investments to include such gems as mama.com, 797.com and zuqiu.com Prior to founding Guta.com, George held... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

3:00pm EDT

ICA Members (CLOSED) Meeting
Limited Capacity filling up

This meeting is for members of the Internet Commerce Association in attendance at MERGE.  To find out more about the Internet Commerce Association, please visit their website at http://internetcommerce.org

Monday October 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

4:00pm EDT

Afternoon Keynote / Plenary - Serial Entrepreneur Colin Cambpell
Meet the CEO of the new .CLUB Top Level Domain.  He's founded hosting companies, registries, registrars, and a variety of companies and startups.  Absorb some sage advice from this veteran of the startup world and hear some inspirational stories.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

CEO, DotClub


Monday October 16, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

4:00pm EDT

MERGE the Crowds Networking - Cash Bar
Meet new friends and business partners - join us in the MERGE Exposition 

Monday October 16, 2017 4:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Exhibits Enter Salon 9, Exhibits are Salons 9,10,11

5:00pm EDT

Every project is a story: Applying storytelling to your client interactions
Humans think in stories. Every story follows a general pattern. Once we learn to see these patterns we can more readily create new stories. In this session we will explore these story structures and how we can use them when we deal with our peers and clients. Learn how to translate your clients and stakeholders dreams into real plans by breaking down back of envelope designs into actionable stories. Beginners and seasoned professionals looking to level up on our human skills should attend. Topics will cover: Defining a story (The Story Spine) Translating dreams into goals and actionable steps Using the larger story as your roadmap Driving your process with 'why'

Speakers
avatar for Dwayne McDaniel

Dwayne McDaniel

Developer Advocate, GitGuardian
Dwayne McDaniel has been working as a Developer Relations professional since 2015 and has been involved in the wider tech community since 2005. He loves sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm about Git, Open Source tools, and tech in general and he has done so at over a hundred events... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Diamond Training Room (5th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 5

5:00pm EDT

Homepage Throwdown Part 1
This session will be a fast-paced critique of audience members' websites, focusing on user experience and design. By the end of it, you'll have a battery of ideas for your own site, and an entirely new perspective on how to design better experiences online. There won't be any schedule - all websites will be volunteered up live from the audience and critiqued on the spot in real time. This is your chance to get 10 minutes with a world-class user experience design expert, giving you personalized advice. Are you ready to put your design in front of the crowd and surrender yourself to the barrage of constructive critique? No rules. All critique. Bring it.

Speakers
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 →


Monday October 16, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

5:00pm EDT

Keeping Your Startup in Tune
Limited Capacity seats available

Every business faces challenges with operations, product management, sales & marketing. As a startup, we often overthink these challenges and it gets in the way of our ability to thrive. Greg Davis spent the early part of his entrepreneurial career as a songwriter/performer, working with labels such as V2 Records, Sony Columbia and Atlantic Records. For the past 13 years, he has served entrepreneurs and businesses with their market development, product marketing and branding. By applying his music experience, he’s been successful in simplifying common challenges other industries face.

In this session, we will look at how your business challenges are much like that of a band. By creating an entertaining approach to simplifying your business strategy, your business is sure to perform like a rock star.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Davis

Greg Davis

Sr. Director of Marketing, NameJet
Highly strategic and creative marketing leader with professional experience in public and private organizations, including, eCommerce, creative agency, digital marketing, web development, media and entertainment.B2B • B2C• SMB • Enterprise • Sales Enablement • Content... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

5:00pm EDT

Crypto Innovation : Meet Embermine
Meet some of the amazing people from Embermine and learn from experts on the Blockchain and how to best engage in the vast opportunities there.

Speakers
avatar for James Drake

James Drake

CEO, Embermine


Monday October 16, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

5:00pm EDT

UX Innovation: Frogans Addresses with Philippe Collin
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about an innovative new publishing technology and naming convention - Frogans.

This is a new and innovative UX/UI concept that is growing in popularity!

The goal is not to replace the Web but to open a new space for online creativity that adapts to users, not the other way around.

For them, Frogans technology is:
- invisible: content floats on screen
- universal: each Frogans site is exactly the same on all screens and is fast whatever the bandwidth
- secure: no need for protection
- protective of their privacy.

It is ideal for a new generation of services in online communication, advertising, gaming, gambling, e-commerce and categories not invented yet. ​

Like the Web, it is free to use and only publishers have to pay to register the Frogans addresses where their sites will be available.

Very simply, Frogans addresses follow the NetworkName*SiteName pattern in any language, even in Chinese and in Arabic.

A few examples:
Show*Merge
frogans*NOW
amazon*HarryPotter
PSG*NeymarJr
español*sí
餐厅*北京
فروجنز*سلام
...

Frogans Addresses For All (FAFA) is the largest registrar of Frogans addresses and the first one in the US. We launched the first online registration platform early 2017 and we signed up our first affiliate this summer.

During this session, we'll discuss how our affiliation program can help you generate sales with no hassle.




Speakers
avatar for Philippe Collin

Philippe Collin

CEO, Frogans Addresses For All
Philippe Collin is the CEO of Frogans Addresses For All, a leading Frogans registrar in Paris and New York City. In the spirit of the mobile revolution, Frogans offers publishers a natural way to connect with their audience thanks to visual, focused and intuitive online experiences... Read More →


Monday October 16, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

6:00pm EDT

Homepage Throwdown Part 2
This session will be a fast-paced critique of audience members' websites, focusing on user experience and design. By the end of it, you'll have a battery of ideas for your own site, and an entirely new perspective on how to design better experiences online. There won't be any schedule - all websites will be volunteered up live from the audience and critiqued on the spot in real time. This is your chance to get 10 minutes with a world-class user experience design expert, giving you personalized advice. Are you ready to put your design in front of the crowd and surrender yourself to the barrage of constructive critique? No rules. All critique. Bring it.

Speakers
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 →


Monday October 16, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12
 
Tuesday, October 17
 

9:00am EDT

MORNING WELCOME / KEYNOTE
Good morning, and welcome to the event day 4 of MERGE!  Hear some announcements for the day and learn about the Larry Fischer "Domain or Not" contest.

Conference Hosts
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Public Suffix List
Jothan Frakes, has worked as a volunteer maintainer of the Public Suffix List since 2008, and works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He has held senior management roles in numerous Regisrtty and Registrar... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 9:00am - 9:15am EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

9:00am EDT

Registration and Badging Open
Arrivals and Registration - badging open at registration desk

Tuesday October 17, 2017 9:00am - 7:00pm EDT
Crystal Registration Desk Atrium Near Grand Rooms

9:15am EDT

Domain or Not Domain Game with Larry Fischer - (win a pass to the next MERGE)!
It was amazing once, and now join for the second installment - Join Larry Fischer for the 'Domain Or Not' game and enjoy a chance at winning a pass to the next MERGE conference! 

Moderators
avatar for Larry Fischer

Larry Fischer

Owner, GetYourDomain.com
Larry Fischer is a domain expert who specializes in top-level generic domains since 1997. He has participated in many notable domain purchases to date, including Messenger.comHome.comChat.comAutoparts.com, and Stocks.com. Larry was a co-founder of one of the first doma... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dave Evanson

Dave Evanson

Senior Broker, Sedo
As Senior Broker at Sedo, Dave Evanson has brokered many high-value premium domain names, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in sales. Prior to joining Sedo in 2010, Dave brokered independently while running a global management consulting firm focused on marketing and strategic... Read More →
avatar for BRADEN POLLOCK

BRADEN POLLOCK

Founder & Owner, Legal Brand Marketing LLC
BRADEN POLLOCK Braden Pollock is a well-known domainer and serial entrepreneur who owns several companies, both online and off. Among his businesses is Legal Brand Marketing, LLC, (LegalBrandMarketing.com) which focuses primarily on lead generation for DUI attorneys as well as l... Read More →
avatar for Bill Sweetman

Bill Sweetman

President, Name Ninja, Name Ninja
Bill Sweetman is the President & Lead Ninja of Name Ninja (http://www.nameninja.com), a boutique domain name acquisition firm that helps global entrepreneurs, startups, and marketers get their dream domain names for their next big thing. He has provided strategic domain name advice... Read More →
avatar for George Verdugo

George Verdugo

CEO, DotMediaBrands.com
An experienced domain investor since 2004, George owns a strong portfolio of 1,100 domains with 60% focus in the Hispanic market.With domains such as VivaCuba.com, EastLA.com and Esposos.com, George targets the large Hispanic community in the US. Other domain assets include VisitSpace.com... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

10:00am EDT

Promoting your brand and business by writing a book
Writing a book can be a great way to promote your brand.  In this session, Steve Burge will share the useful tools he has found for self publishing and explain his process for writing and distributing under the OSTraining brand.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Burge

Steve Burge

OSTraining, CEO
I’m from Portsmouth in southern England and now live in Sarasota, Florida. Between leaving England and arriving in the US, there were a few stops in between, including Wales, Mexico, Japan and Australia. My family is one long line of teachers and most of my travels were paid for by... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Diamond Training Room (5th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 5

10:00am EDT

Everything you wanted to know about BoldGrid (but were afraid to ask.)
In the Web Design World, the creatives are starting to get the upper hand. Many online Content Management Systems are making the ability to create webpages easier than ever. And without any programming knowledge! One of those systems is BoldGrid, an online page building system for WordPress. BoldGrid allows you to produce beautiful and effective web page layouts without any knowledge of programming. Will also highlight the more advanced features for experienced WordPress users. Learn about the Site Builder solution that is open source and operating on both Plesk and Softaculous. (And also help reduce your attrition rate)

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.Twitter... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

10:00am EDT

Technical Debt Is Killing your Software Team
Technical Debt is a factor for any development team that continuously delivers features and products to customers and users. In this session we will learn to understand technical debt, when that debt is bad and when it is not. We will dive into tools that help us understand where the debt is piling up in our code base so we can focus efforts to reduce it. If you are on a team or leading a team that has slowed its development velocity due to debt and you want to understand why, how, and what to do about it this is a session you'll want to invest in.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Windnagle

Chad Windnagle

Software Engineer, Advanced, Inc
Chad is a PHP Developer and CMS Expert.  He has been a past volunteer to the Joomla project and worked with some of North America’s top CMS development firms. Chad has years of experience building complex and highly functional WordPress and Joomla sites.


Tuesday October 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

10:00am EDT

Mobile Search
The number of mobile searches have eclipsed desktop searches recently, making it imperative to optimized for mobile. Learn about responsive web design, AMP, and how to rank in search on mobile devices. The mobile first index is coming soon: is your website ready?

Moderators
avatar for Bill Hartzer

Bill Hartzer

SEO Consultant, Bill Hartzer
Bill Hartzer is an independent SEO Consultant. He relies on his 20 years of direct SEO experience to provide technical SEO audits of websites, as well as technical link audits and link cleanups of websites. Mr. Hartzer is known worldwide for his research on the topic of search engine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dave Davies

Dave Davies

CEO, Beanstalk Internet Marketing
Dave Davies is the CEO of Beanstalk Internet Marketing.  Dave and his wife Mary started Beanstalk in 2004 and have grown it from a purely organic SEO firm to offering a full range of services including  SEO, SEM, social media and training and consulting.  Dave is a regular author... Read More →
avatar for Alex Schaefer

Alex Schaefer

Vice President, Deep Crawl
Organization builder, business developer, people mobilizer, status quo rejecter


Tuesday October 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

10:00am EDT

Meet the Internet Commerce Association
Meet the Internet Commerce Association, an important association that represents domain owners - meet the core team and hear about the mission and issues.
 

Speakers
avatar for Nat Cohen

Nat Cohen

President, Telepathy Inc.
Nat is a long-time domain investor, ICA board member, and member of ICANN's business constituency.
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 →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

10:00am EDT

MERGE! Open Expo Hall
Exhibit hall open - meet the amazing vendors - products, services, and people that are exhibiting and demonstrating their offerings. Meet new companies - remember, you may be at MERGE for one thing and exhibitors may have something cool you have not seen before. Check it out!

Tuesday October 17, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm EDT
Exhibits Enter Salon 9, Exhibits are Salons 9,10,11

10:30am EDT

Volunteer to Learn: Non-Profits and Open Source
Broaden your CMS horizons and give back to the community at the same time.
Jim shares how he learned the Joomla! CMS and how he continues to expand his capabilities. The same concepts apply to any CMS. You can even use volunteer opportunities to add another CMS to your toolkit. If your CMS project has volunteer opportunities, sign up, learn a little and help your CMS, too.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Gregory

Jim Gregory

Joomla, Joomla Volunteer
Investment manager since 1980, Scuba Instructor since 2005, now add in Joomla! web designer since 2011. During my business career, I frequently found myself on corporate groups formed to identify software improvements needed to be more effective in our professions. In 2011, I volunteered... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Diamond Training Room (5th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 5

11:00am EDT

Marketing / SEO and Leasing Domains
Join Marketing expert Rob Garner as he talks about the benefits of leasing a domain name.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Garner

Robert Garner

BECS BTC + ETH CRYPTO SUMMIT
I work with businesses and brands to develop paid, earned, and owned strategies that drive visibility, engagement, and results. I have also written a book for Wiley entitled, “Search and Social: The Definitive Guide to Real-Time Content Marketing,”? released in November, 2012. Some of the brands I have worked with include Marriott, USAA, Dollar/Thrifty, Fisher-Price, Sovereign Bank, Ally Bank, Mastercard, & Visa, among many others. Feel free to contact me by email at rgarner1[AT]gmail. In Spring 2012, I was featured on the... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

11:00am EDT

Harnessing Multilingual Joomla
Making your content more accessible to international markets requires the right tools - learn about Joomla's ability to effectively manage multilingual websites and content.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Woodward

Michael Woodward

Executive VP/Owner, Creative People Consulting, Inc.
I'm the first Joomla Learning Partner in the United States.


Tuesday October 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

11:00am EDT

Online Promos and Contests: Cautionary Tales of FTC Crackdowns
The FTC filed its first law enforcement action against indivdual influencers, which has resulted in a settlement.  Trevor Martin and Thomas Cassell known on their YouTube channels as TmarTn and Syndicate settled with the FTC for endorsing the online gambling service, "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" (also known as CS: GO), an online, multiplayer, first-person shooter game, without disclosing that they were the owners of the company and that they were paying other well-known social media influencers to promote the company without requiring them to disclose the payments in their posts.

Anyone who sells product online, runs blogs, writes for others, operates an affiliate site, or is a paid affilate should attend this session.  You will learn about the recent FTC Guidlines concerning online paid promotions, endorsements, and content/native advertising.
 
Also, this session will delve into the basics of how to conduct online contests, sweepstakes and raffles using social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as the importance of how not to run afoul of state and federal guidelines concerning contests. 

Speakers
avatar for Karen J Bernstein

Karen J Bernstein

Bernstein IP, Principal
Karen J. Bernstein, the Principal of Bernstein IP, has a wealth of knowledge in multiple facets of intellectual property law. As the Principal of Bernstein IP for over 10 years, Karen guides her clients through the complex landscape of online social media and First Amendment issues... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

11:00am EDT

Private Meeting
THIS IS A PRIVATE MEETING, CLOSED TO GENERAL ATTENDANCE

Tuesday October 17, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Diamond Training Room (5th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 5

11:00am EDT

Networking / Business Meeting / Green Room
Need a place to have a quick meeting, do that skype call, plan your speech, or have an interview?  This space is set up with round tables so that those meetings can happen.  We just ask that you respect other people's discussions and don't leave a mess (or flyers).

Room is made available courtesy of The Domain Name Association, http://thedna.org.

Tuesday October 17, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

11:30am EDT

Marketing / SEO and Leasing Domains
Braden Pollock interviews expert Rob Garner to discuss the benefits of leasing a domain name.

Moderators
avatar for BRADEN POLLOCK

BRADEN POLLOCK

Founder & Owner, Legal Brand Marketing LLC
BRADEN POLLOCK Braden Pollock is a well-known domainer and serial entrepreneur who owns several companies, both online and off. Among his businesses is Legal Brand Marketing, LLC, (LegalBrandMarketing.com) which focuses primarily on lead generation for DUI attorneys as well as l... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Garner

Robert Garner

BECS BTC + ETH CRYPTO SUMMIT
I work with businesses and brands to develop paid, earned, and owned strategies that drive visibility, engagement, and results. I have also written a book for Wiley entitled, “Search and Social: The Definitive Guide to Real-Time Content Marketing,”? released in November, 2012. Some of the brands I have worked with include Marriott, USAA, Dollar/Thrifty, Fisher-Price, Sovereign Bank, Ally Bank, Mastercard, & Visa, among many others. Feel free to contact me by email at rgarner1[AT]gmail. In Spring 2012, I was featured on the... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Tuesday October 17, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Tuesday October 17, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
BREAK FOR LUNCH - Room/Session closed during this time unless otherwise arranged. You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Tuesday October 17, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

12:00pm EDT

LUNCHTIME BREAK - CLOSED
You are on your own for Lunchtime Break - perfect time to establish lunch meetings, or extend that exciting new connection made with new people during the morning sessions and activities.  The Marriott World Center has numerous delicious restaurants or quick dining options. 

Tuesday October 17, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

2:00pm EDT

The Magic of Joomla's MVC - Override Everything
Joomla's poweful MVC allows for easy customization of Joomla without hacking the core code. In this session, Robbie Adair will explain the Joomla override system and showcase how to customize Joomla with template overrides.

Tuesday October 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

2:00pm EDT

Innovation in the Community
Meet some of the innovators and entrepreneurs from within the community of Hispanic Businesses

Moderators
avatar for Alfredo Pinochet

Alfredo Pinochet

LatinTLD, President
Alfredo Pinochet is President of LatinTLD, a Registrar/Agent that focuses on the registration and management of domain name portfolios all across Latin America. Alfredo has been related to the domain name industry since 2001. He later founded LatinTLD with Natalia Viera in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alberto Jauregui

Alberto Jauregui

Director, Blockchain Education Network
Alberto began volunteering at the former College Cryptocurrency Network (CCN) as their social media guru, then played a crucial role in the rebranding phase to the Blockchain Education Network (BEN) as their new Director of Communications. He currently sits in the BEN organization... Read More →
avatar for George Verdugo

George Verdugo

CEO, DotMediaBrands.com
An experienced domain investor since 2004, George owns a strong portfolio of 1,100 domains with 60% focus in the Hispanic market.With domains such as VivaCuba.com, EastLA.com and Esposos.com, George targets the large Hispanic community in the US. Other domain assets include VisitSpace.com... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

2:00pm EDT

Paid Search
Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Pay Per Click. Learn how PPC has evolved and what it takes to run a successful paid search campaign.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Hartzer

Bill Hartzer

SEO Consultant, Bill Hartzer
Bill Hartzer is an independent SEO Consultant. He relies on his 20 years of direct SEO experience to provide technical SEO audits of websites, as well as technical link audits and link cleanups of websites. Mr. Hartzer is known worldwide for his research on the topic of search engine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for William Leake

William Leake

Apogee Results, CEO
Former McKinsey and Company consultant. technology executive, recognized online marketing authority, and top-ranked speaker at marquis events such as Dreamforce, SXSW, Moz.con, MarketingProfs, SMX Advanced, Content Marketing World, Ad:tech, Shop.org, Internet Retailer, and many others... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Raehsler

Lisa Raehsler

Lisa Raehsler is a search engine marketing and pay-per-click (PPC) strategist, nationally recognized speaker, and columnist for industry leading publications. As the founder and principal strategist at Big Click Co., she helps companies and agencies of all sizes to integrate PPC advertising... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

2:00pm EDT

Meet the Domain Name Association
Meet Board Members of the Domain Name Association and some important announcements  - hear about the organization that promotes the use and integrity of Multi-Domain registration and the power and utillity of Domain Names.
 

Moderators
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Public Suffix List
Jothan Frakes, has worked as a volunteer maintainer of the Public Suffix List since 2008, and works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He has held senior management roles in numerous Regisrtty and Registrar... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Alagna

Joe Alagna

Afilias, Director of Business Development
Joe is the Director of Business Development at Afilias and an expert on country-code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) as well as new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). Previously, he was the V.P. of Channel Development for 101domain, specializing in global brand development. He was GM... Read More →
avatar for Jonathon Nevett

Jonathon Nevett

Co-Founder, Donuts Inc.
Jon is a domain name industry veteran. He is a founding board member of the industry’s trade association, the Domain Name Association. Previously, he was senior vice president at Network Solutions and chair of the boards of NameJet and Central Registry Solutions. Jon has been deeply... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Sass

Jeff Sass

Jeff Sass, Chief Marketing Officer, .CLUB Domains
Jeff Sass is Chief Marketing Officer, .CLUB Domains Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the technology and entertainment industries and has co-founded several start-ups including mobile commerce pioneer BarPoint.com in 1999. Jeff joined the .CLUB team in March 2012, and has... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

2:00pm EDT

Allegravita's China Boot Camp
Join the amazing people from Allegravita and learn from experts on the Chinese market and how to best engage in the vast opportunity there.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Cousins

Simon Cousins

CEO, Allegravita
Simon Cousins (夏明) is a co-founder and CEO at Allegravita, a boutique PR and strategic communications agency in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York City and Los Angeles. In addition to his group leadership duties, he serves as creative director. An Australian national, Simon has 24... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Diamond Training Room (5th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 5

3:00pm EDT

CMS's for profit - Ecommerce solutions
Ecommerce is at the heart of the internet and CMSes provide some of the best Ecommerce solutions available. In this session Steve Burge of OSTraining will introduce best options for Ecommerce using the top three Open Source CMSes: WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla!

Speakers
avatar for Steve Burge

Steve Burge

OSTraining, CEO
I’m from Portsmouth in southern England and now live in Sarasota, Florida. Between leaving England and arriving in the US, there were a few stops in between, including Wales, Mexico, Japan and Australia. My family is one long line of teachers and most of my travels were paid for by... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

3:00pm EDT

WP-CLI: Don't Fear The Command Line
It is 2017 and time to make the robots do all the things we can make them do. Machines can do just about anything as long as you give them the properly formed instructions. Fortunately for us WordPress allows us to give these instructions in an easy to learn and very robust manner called The WP-CLI. It is the fastest way to install, active and update any theme, plugin or just about anything else in your WordPress site. In this presentation I will demonstrate a simple install script that will have a fully functioning, customized WP website in about the same time than it normally takes download the WordPress.zip file. We will also look for how third party tools and hosts are leveraging the WP-CLI to make your life as a developer even easier. Walk away with: -A new appreciation for the command line. -The desire to script 'all the things' to save time. -Knowledge of serious time saving tools -Ideas about how to automate your processes to be more productive and profitable

Speakers
avatar for Dwayne McDaniel

Dwayne McDaniel

Developer Advocate, GitGuardian
Dwayne McDaniel has been working as a Developer Relations professional since 2015 and has been involved in the wider tech community since 2005. He loves sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm about Git, Open Source tools, and tech in general and he has done so at over a hundred events... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Emerald Training Room (4th Floor Above Starbucks) Main Atrium - Above Starbucks Floor 4

3:00pm EDT

Discussion: Crypto-Launch / ICO Showcasing
Meet CEOs and Executives from a number of companies innovating in decethntralized, smart contract, blockchain, or cryptocurrencies.

We welcome discussions and sharing, but require that participating companies MUST be available for participation in the United States.

Also, please note, this is not endorsement nor legal advice intended to promote offerings or fundraising - this is an informational session.

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for James Drake

James Drake

CEO, Embermine
CF

Chad Folkening

President, eCorp
avatar for Colin Pape

Colin Pape

Founder, Presearch
Colin is a serial entrepreneur who founded the community commerce network, ShopCity.com. In 2011, Colin found himself mired in a battle with Google and realized that the world desperately needs more transparency and openness in search, leading him to found Presearch, the decentralized search engine powered by the community... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

3:00pm EDT

Buying & Selling Domains on NameJet
Learn how to use the tools that will help you to be successful at acquiring domain names on the NameJet system. We'll be reviewing best practices and offering useful advice on how get your names listed on NameJet.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Davis

Greg Davis

Sr. Director of Marketing, NameJet
Highly strategic and creative marketing leader with professional experience in public and private organizations, including, eCommerce, creative agency, digital marketing, web development, media and entertainment.B2B • B2C• SMB • Enterprise • Sales Enablement • Content... Read More →
avatar for Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt

Marketing Director, NameJet
Scott Pruitt is an Internet marketing professional specializing in SEO, email marketing, social media, graphic design, copywriting, and more. Scott’s Internet business experience goes back to 1996 working for the original stand-alone dial-up Internet Service Provider, AT&T Worldnet... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Tenenbaum

Jonathan Tenenbaum

GM, NameJet, LLC
Specialties: Domain Names, e-Commerce, Corporate Law, Internet Law, Commercial Transactions, Consumer Law, and Intellectual Property


Tuesday October 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

4:00pm EDT

A Fireside Chat With Erika Mann and Kelly Hardy
Meet Erika Mann - a Fireside chat with an inspirational leader in the technology field, interviewed by Kelly Hardy.

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Hardy

Kelly Hardy

.ME’s Director of Business Development, North America, .me
"Kelly Hardy is a domain industry consultant specializing in gTLD/ ccTLD registries, registrars and internet infrastructure. As .ME’s director of business development for North America, Kelly helps individuals and businesses make their online identities more personal with .ME domains. From huge companies like Facebook and Mercedes to bloggers and local businesses, over a million people are using .ME to help ma... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Erika Mann

Erika Mann

Covington & Burling LLP, Senior Advisor
Erika Mann is a senior European policy advisor in Covington’s EU Public Policy & Government Affairs team. As a former Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Mann has over 20 years of experience in policy related matters. Ms. Mann is a current member of the GNSO (Generic Names Supporting... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

4:30pm EDT

Vowel movements: How to Avoid Crappy Domain Names (and pay for good ones)
Jeff Sass - CMO of .CLUB

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Sass

Jeff Sass

Jeff Sass, Chief Marketing Officer, .CLUB Domains
Jeff Sass is Chief Marketing Officer, .CLUB Domains Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the technology and entertainment industries and has co-founded several start-ups including mobile commerce pioneer BarPoint.com in 1999. Jeff joined the .CLUB team in March 2012, and has... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

6:00pm EDT

TheWHIR Networking Event Orlando
Join The Web Host Industry Review and MERGE for an amazing reception, the popular WHIR networking event. (MERGE Attendees are automatically RSVPd)

Moderators
avatar for Allison Heather

Allison Heather

Co-founder, WHIR
Allison Heather co-founded theWHIR.com in 2001 and has been a fixture in the web hosting industry ever since with online publishing and live events. She’s been involved in various other brands such HostingCon, WebHostingTalk, AFCOM, Data Center World, WHIR Networking Events and... Read More →


Tuesday October 17, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Exhibits Enter Salon 9, Exhibits are Salons 9,10,11
 
Wednesday, October 18
 

9:00am EDT

MORNING SUMMARY SESSION
Wednesday October 18, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

9:00am EDT

Registration and Badging Open
Arrivals and Registration - badging open at registration desk

Wednesday October 18, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Crystal Registration Desk Atrium Near Grand Rooms

9:00am EDT

MERGE! Open Expo Hall
Exhibit hall open - meet the amazing vendors - products, services, and people that are exhibiting and demonstrating their offerings. Meet new companies - remember, you may be at MERGE for one thing and exhibitors may have something cool you have not seen before. Check it out!

Wednesday October 18, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Exhibits Enter Salon 9, Exhibits are Salons 9,10,11

9:00am EDT

Networking / Business Meeting / Green Room
Need a place to have a quick meeting, do that skype call, plan your speech, or have an interview?  This space is set up with round tables so that those meetings can happen.  We just ask that you respect other people's discussions and don't leave a mess (or flyers).

Room is made available courtesy of The Domain Name Association, http://thedna.org.

Wednesday October 18, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
The DNA Networking Lounge (Salon 13) Salon 13

10:00am EDT

Search Panel
Do you have questions about digital marketing? We have answers! In this lively search panel discussion, you can ask the really tough questions: our panel of search and digital marketing experts will answer them.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Davies

Mary Davies

President, Beanstalk Internet Marketing
Mary Davies, President of Beanstalk Internet Marketing, Inc. began her career as a web designer in 2002 and quickly began to see the importance of SEO and Internet marketing as part of a truly strong web presence. She soon began to approach web design with a strong leaning to not... Read More →
avatar for Dave Davies

Dave Davies

CEO, Beanstalk Internet Marketing
Dave Davies is the CEO of Beanstalk Internet Marketing.  Dave and his wife Mary started Beanstalk in 2004 and have grown it from a purely organic SEO firm to offering a full range of services including  SEO, SEM, social media and training and consulting.  Dave is a regular author... Read More →
avatar for Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Co-Owner, Data Driven Labs
Chris is co-owner of Data Driven Labs, a WordPress Maintenance and Marketing agency. He is a 17-year Internet marketing veteran with experience in web design & development, search engine optimization, online marketing, social media marketing and mobile development. He specializes in WordPress custom development utilizing... Read More →
avatar for William Leake

William Leake

Apogee Results, CEO
Former McKinsey and Company consultant. technology executive, recognized online marketing authority, and top-ranked speaker at marquis events such as Dreamforce, SXSW, Moz.con, MarketingProfs, SMX Advanced, Content Marketing World, Ad:tech, Shop.org, Internet Retailer, and many others... Read More →


Wednesday October 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9

10:00am EDT

Demystifying ENS and Blockchain Based Name Initiatives
Speakers
avatar for James Drake

James Drake

CEO, Embermine


Wednesday October 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

10:00am EDT

Brokering High Value Domains - The Art
Meet some experienced domain name brokers who have conducted very high net value transactions for satisfied buyers and/or sellers in this session.  Learn tips, tricks, and talents, as well as some basics.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Evanson

Dave Evanson

Senior Broker, Sedo
As Senior Broker at Sedo, Dave Evanson has brokered many high-value premium domain names, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in sales. Prior to joining Sedo in 2010, Dave brokered independently while running a global management consulting firm focused on marketing and strategic... Read More →
avatar for Tessa Holcomb

Tessa Holcomb

BrandIT, Managing Director, North America
With over 25 years experience in sales, marketing, CRM and business, Tessa Holcomb has a proven track record in organizational structure, negotiation, leading high performance teams, and executing to plan. Tessa is the Managing Director for corporate domain name management firm, BrandIT... Read More →


Wednesday October 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

11:00am EDT

UX Innovation: Frogans Addresses with Philippe Collin
Limited Capacity seats available

Back by demand!
Learn about an innovative new publishing technology and naming convention - Frogans.

This is a new and innovative UX/UI concept that is growing in popularity!

The goal is not to replace the Web but to open a new space for online creativity that adapts to users, not the other way around.

For them, Frogans technology is:
- invisible: content floats on screen
- universal: each Frogans site is exactly the same on all screens and is fast whatever the bandwidth
- secure: no need for protection
- protective of their privacy.

It is ideal for a new generation of services in online communication, advertising, gaming, gambling, e-commerce and categories not invented yet. ​

Like the Web, it is free to use and only publishers have to pay to register the Frogans addresses where their sites will be available.

Very simply, Frogans addresses follow the NetworkName*SiteName pattern in any language, even in Chinese and in Arabic.

A few examples:
Show*Merge
frogans*NOW
amazon*HarryPotter
PSG*NeymarJr
español*sí
餐厅*北京
فروجنز*سلام
...

Frogans Addresses For All (FAFA) is the largest registrar of Frogans addresses and the first one in the US. We launched the first online registration platform early 2017 and we signed up our first affiliate this summer.

During this session, we'll discuss how our affiliation program can help you generate sales with no hassle.




Speakers
avatar for Philippe Collin

Philippe Collin

CEO, Frogans Addresses For All
Philippe Collin is the CEO of Frogans Addresses For All, a leading Frogans registrar in Paris and New York City. In the spirit of the mobile revolution, Frogans offers publishers a natural way to connect with their audience thanks to visual, focused and intuitive online experiences... Read More →


Wednesday October 18, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
ICA Breakout Room (Salon 12) Salon 12

11:00am EDT

Branding, Domain Hacks and Online identity - Using ccTLDs to Create A High Impact Internet Presence
Meet .ME, .IO, .CO and other ccTLDs that have become more known for their amazing attraction and value - and less for their Geography.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Sweetman

Bill Sweetman

President, Name Ninja, Name Ninja
Bill Sweetman is the President & Lead Ninja of Name Ninja (http://www.nameninja.com), a boutique domain name acquisition firm that helps global entrepreneurs, startups, and marketers get their dream domain names for their next big thing. He has provided strategic domain name advice... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Alagna

Joe Alagna

Afilias, Director of Business Development
Joe is the Director of Business Development at Afilias and an expert on country-code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) as well as new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). Previously, he was the V.P. of Channel Development for 101domain, specializing in global brand development. He was GM... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Hardy

Kelly Hardy

.ME’s Director of Business Development, North America, .me
"Kelly Hardy is a domain industry consultant specializing in gTLD/ ccTLD registries, registrars and internet infrastructure. As .ME’s director of business development for North America, Kelly helps individuals and businesses make their online identities more personal with .ME domains. From huge companies like Facebook and Mercedes to bloggers and local businesses, over a million people are using .ME to help ma... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Nielsen

Kathy Nielsen

Librarian
Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian and an educator.  She is currently a popular genealogy speaker on the Monterey Peninsula.  She has been featured on Lisa Louise Cooke’s weekly YouTube program, Elevenses.  She is a co-founder of the Monterey County Genealogy Society’s... Read More →


Wednesday October 18, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NameJet Breakout Room (Salon 14) Salon 14

11:00am EDT

Expo Teardown
Closed to public, exhibitors only

Wednesday October 18, 2017 11:00am - 1:30pm EDT
Exhibits Enter Salon 9, Exhibits are Salons 9,10,11

12:00pm EDT

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY PANEL AND CLOSING
This is a session where we hear from executives that participated in the week's sessions for their feedback on this.

Wednesday October 18, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hall Salon 8b - via Salon 9
 
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