MERGE SHOW where Business meets Innovation


THE MERGE SHOW is a group of conferences – like a ‘worlds fair’ event – hosting different events within MERGE! (new and old) with technology and domain names at the core. One of these is the well attended THEDomain Conference, in its third year. A continuation of a long-standing gathering of a who’s who in the domain space. This event draws people to sunny Florida every fall, for its wealth of good networking, content, and opportunities, as well as being a who’s who of experts on appraisal, brokering, registries, registrars, domain advertising, registration, TLD Applications, email services and other investment opportunities.

Your MERGE SHOW Ticket covers access to all non-closed sessions at all the sub-events, the networking events, the seminars, and more.

THEDomainConference is just one of many other sub events, activities and open meetings, which also will include: Allegravita’s China Bootcamp, Blockchain Road Show,  CMS Summit, Confluir, McGrady Domain Academy, TheWHIR Networking Event and more coming soon.

Listen to the Domain Name Wire Podcast about MERGE!

Psst… The tl;dr of this event is DON’T MISS IT.  If you want to skip reading through all the details about its awesomeness, the many speakers, sessions, and reasons you should be there, click play on this podcast – and hear where one of the co-founders talks through the show and why you should be there.

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Join us for one of the sub-events at THE MERGE SHOW, such as TheWHIR Networking Event @ MERGE – bringing all conference participant streams together for an amazing, well known cloud-hosting networking Event (these have been running since 2004) which attracts hosting/ssl/email and services.

In addition to TheWHIR Event @ MERGE. there will also be:

Multiple “speed-date” networking sessions designed to maximize the amount of new contacts from different groups.
Cross-Discipline Expert Panels – MERGEd panels that include leaders from each of the sub-shows to add perspective from within their groups.

MERGE! has many conferences, disciplines, and focus areas, with Domain Names and Technology as a common theme.  Click the tabs above to learn about the many sides of the MERGE! event.

Digital Search Summit will cover a variety of search, marketing, social, and marketing automation topics.

Allegravita is doing an enhanced version of their China Bootcamp for people to understand engaging with that large economy and market.
A Digital Branding event for CIO/CMO and director level people.
SEO/SEM/Marketing Automation

Blockchain Roadshow – Learn about blockchain technology and how it is transforming currencies, contracts, and more. Blockchain may be more familiar to most as Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like Etherium use it, but there are a growing number of uses and utility for this robust technology, and it will be a rapid area of growth and innovation.

Blockchain Roadshow has previously been featured content at ICANN 58 in Copenhagen, and other large events, and provides small and medium sized summits and symposiums.

TOKEN FEST is a preview event for an amazing entrepreneurial-focused summit in San Francisco in March of 2018.  Content at the MERGE! show will include dialog and discussions around the white-hot Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”), Token Sales and Startups, and more.

Learn from entrepreneurs, financiers and technologists in the space of token trading, and hear about interesting products and innovation from some bright, leading edge experts.

Web Host Industry Review, TheWHIR, is a long trusted source of news, product announcements, reviews, and advisories on the Cloud / Hosting / Services field.  Learn from experts and meet and socialize at TheWHIR Networking event.

A large CMS Summit which will have Joomla / Automattic (WordPress and .blog) / Drupal and other content management platform vendors / experts / developers / theme vendors / designers / consultants and perform educational sessions as well as certification programs,
Startup focused sessions
(potentially – pending agreement) A hackathon

CONFLUIR.LAT Content and sessions in and around highlighting the entrepreneurial spark and successful Hispanic businesses and opportunities in the Latin American and Spanish speaking markets.

Allegravita’s China Bootcamp – a popular, long-running series of training and educational sessions designed to help the audience engage with the massive audience and potential base of customers within the Chinese market.

MERGE includes Waaaaaaaay more than what is listed here, with space for user groups and other sessions, meeting space for ICA members gathering, DBR Members’ welcome social, investors’ focus (microfinancing, vc/angels, hedge funds, etc) and more.


MERGE.DOMAINS : THE Domain Conference

Rub elbows with the illuminati of the domain name world.

THE Domain Conference is an annual event that gathers the most amazing entrepreneurs and domain owners, to discuss new business trends, changes in policy, new revenue options, and buying and selling domain names.

In it’s third year, this event is a well attended networking and business conference.  THE Domain Conference admission is included with your MERGE! Conference Ticket.

MERGE.SOCIAL : TheWHIR Networking Event

Turn your networking up a notch and meet cloud and hosting leaders, influencers and fellow MERGE! attendees!

Since 2004 TheWHIR has been a source of breaking news, trends, innovation and insights within the cloud, storage, hosting and security sector.

WHIR Networking Events offer you a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with local like-minded industry executives and corporate decision makers with an interest in the hosting, cloud, MSP, VAR, Telco and internet infrastructure industries. Events are held in a relaxed, comfortable environment where you can expand your network and create new business opportunities.

VIP Expanded Access to the WHIR Networking Event is included with your MERGE! Conference Ticket, and MERGE! attendees are automatically enrolled onto the RSVP.


Developers. Integrators. Designers. User Experience.

Leverage world class platforms to build portals, presence, and brands using CMS platforms like Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Grav, Concrete 5, Craft CMS to design and develop amazing websites.

CMS Summit is a group of different activities and sessions that pull the diverse universe of platforms together for discussions, trainings, panels, and insights on trends and developments in CMS.

CMS Summit admission is included with your MERGE! Conference Ticket.





Erika Mann

Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP

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 built and headed the office of Facebook as Managing Director Public Policy in Brussels from October 2011 until end of 2015, and she has over 20 years of experience in policy related matters.

Chris Disspain


Chair of WGP Global, an international corporate advisory company with offices in UK, Malta, Hong Kong and Korea.  From 2006 to 2013 Chris was a member of the United Nations Secretary-General's Internet Governance Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group. Chris was selected by the ccNSO to join the Board of ICANN in June 2011.

    Jennifer C. Wolfe

    ESQ., APR, SSBB CEO, Dot Brand 360

    CEO of Dot Brand 360, an agency specializing in board and C-suite- digital strategy for the next generation of the Internet to bolster security, data, and user experiences across digital, legal and technical operations. Jen Wolfe is an entrepreneur, author, digital leader and global IP strategist.


    Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

    Paul works with clients in the adoption, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement of trademarks in the United States and throughout the world. He is also nationally ranked for his domain name and ICANN practice.

    David Sams

    Founder, Chairman and Chief Encouragement Officer, Sams Companies

    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. As an internet entrepreneur, Sams has launched numerous successful online ventures.



    Joe Alagna

    Director of Business Development at Afilias

    Mike Rodenbaugh

    Rodenbaugh Law

    Victor Pitts

    Director of Premium Sales, MMX

    Alberto Jauregui

    Director, Blockchain Educatio Network / CMO, Raincube

    Karen J Bernstein

    Principal, Bernstein IP

    James Drake

    Co-Founder and CEO,

    Erika Mann

    Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP

    David Szetela

    CEO, FMB Media

    Lisa Buyer

    President, The Buyer Group

    Alex Schaefer

    Vice President, Deep Crawl

    William Leake

    CEO, Apogee Results

    Danny Goodwin

    Executive Editor, Search Engine Journal

    Michelle Stinson Ross

    VP of Marketing & Sales, Gruen Digital Marketing Agency

    Dave Davies

    CEO, Beanstalk IM

    Lisa Raehsler

    Founder, SEM Strategy Consultant, Big Click Co.

    Joe Laratro

    CEO, Tandem Interactive

    Mary Davies

    President, Beanstalk IM

    Ilze Kaulins-Plaskacz

    Founder and Owner,

    George Verdugo


    Gerald M. Levine, Esq

    Gerald M. Levine, Esq. is the author of "Domain Name Arbitration.

    Kat Christofer

    WooCommerce | Automattic

    Chris Disspain

    ICANN Board

      Martin Kuechenthal

      Co-Founder and CEO of LEMARIT GmbH

      Ryan Colby

      Founder, Token Fest / CEO, Outcome Brokerage

      Nicole Henderson

      Content Director, Penton Technology

      Kelly Hardy

      .ME’s Director of Business Development, North America

        Alfredo Pinochet

        President, LatinTLD

        Larry Fischer


        Jennifer C. Wolfe

        ESQ., APR, SSBB CEO, Dot Brand 360

        Tessa Holcomb

        Managing Director, North America, BrandIT

        Jochen Kieler

        Chief Strategy Officer, BrandIT

        Tim Knight

        GravityFree Studios

        Steve Burge

        CEO OSTraining

        Robert Jacobi

        Joomla Project / OSM President

        Andy Miller

        Trilby Media / Grav CMS

        Djamil Legato

        Trilby Media / Grav CMS

          Michael Anello


            David Laietta

            Orange Blossom Media | WordCamp Orlando

              Justin Davis

              Madera Labs

              Robbie Adair

              Media A-Team

                Lisa Melegari

                Calico Content

                  Chris Edwards

                  CE Squared

                    SEVAN DERDERIAN

                    Director of Brokerage

                    JASON NICKERSON

                    Joomla Project

                      JOTHAN FRAKES

                      Co-Founder, MERGE

                        ROLF LARSEN

                        CEO, DotGlobal

                          RON JACKSON


                            TODD WOODWARD

                            Creative People Consulting

                              MIKE DEMO

                              BoldGrid Evangelist

                              KEN HANSEN

                              Business Development, Farsight Security

                              ROB GARNER

                              Digital Search Summit

                                BRADEN POLLOCK

                                Legal Brand Marketing

                                  JESSICA DUNBAR

                                  Concrete 5 Evangelist

                                  PAUL D. MCGRADY

                                  Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

                                  BILL SWEETMAN

                                  President, Name Ninja

                                  Neil Brown

                                  Queens Counsel, Arbitrator and Mediator in private practice, Melbourne.

                                    David Sams

                                    Founder, Chairman and Chief Encouragement Officer, Sams Companies

                                    Jim Gregory

                                    Joomla Volunteer

                                      JEFF SASS

                                      Jeff Sass, Chief Marketing Officer, .CLUB Domains

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                                      • 8701 world center dr. Orlando Florida 32821
                                      • Oct 14-18 2017