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New MERGE! Conference in Orlando Continues to Take Shape - 1st Major Keynoter Announced

I have some more details for you on the innovative new MERGE! conference that is coming to the Marriott World Center in Orlando next fall. As I first told you April 10th NamesCon Co-Founder Jothan Frakes and THE Domain Conference Co-Founder Ray Neu have joined forces to launch the new expo that will feature several events in a single location - a concept that will give attendees shared access to multiple networking and educational opportunities in a variety of related fields in addition to domains.

MERGE! will run form October 14-18 at the world's largest Marriott Hotel, located just a stone's throw from Disney World

Jen Wolfe

The first major keynote speaker for MERGE! has just been announced. That is highly regarded entrepreneur, author, digital leader and global IP strategist Jen Wolfe. She has written a series of highly acclaimed books, Digital in the Boardroom, Brand Rewired and Domain Names Rewired, that have been endorsed by senior executives from Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Warner Brothers, Uber and many others as cutting-edge thinking about the future of brands and the impact of the changing internet landscape. Ms. Wolfe, who is the CEO of Dot Brand 360, has also written a regular column in Click Z and Search Engine Watch on digital marketing and SEO. 

Jen has served on ICANN's GNSO Council

and has a deep understanding of global internet policy. She graduated from Harvard Law Schoolís Post Graduate program in negotiation and dispute resolution and the Stanford Law School Directorís College Executive Education. She holds a Juris Doctorate and Masterís Degree in Organizational Communication and Behavior from the University of Cincinnati.  

MERGE! Co-Founder Jothan Frakes noted, "Jen is a featured speaker at the National Association of Corporate Directors and is a big interest and draw with corporate CIO/CMO directors. As more is revealed about MERGE! it will become more evident just how well all of the various groups will synergize."

As it happens both Frakes and Ms. Wolfe will be participating in ICANN's Global Domains Division Industry Summit that starts next week in Madrid, Spain where it will run May 9-11. With more than 400 participants from dozens of countries around the world countries expected to attend, Jothan will have an opportunity to introduce MERGE! to leaders from gTLD, brand and geo registries, ICANN-accredited registrars, gTLD resellers, gTLD hosting providers and registry service providers.

From Madrid, Jothan will hop over to Berlin, Germany for the Domaining Europe conference May 14-16 (we will be there as well). 

MERGE! Co-Founder Jothan Frakes

If you will be in Berlin he will be happy to answer any questions you have about MERGE! Show registration is open now and MERGE!'s block of rooms at the Marriott World Center is going fast, so if you want to stay at the conference venue it would be wise to book now

As soon as Domaining Europe ends, the domain conference spotlight will shift to Mumbai where NamesCon will be staged in India for the first time. The one day-show will be held May 19th at the Grand Hyatt which will also serve as the venue for the latest World Hosting Days event - WHD.India on May 18th.

In another India-related note, the 4th annual DomainX conference that is coming to New Delhi August 5-6 has landed Uniregistry as its lead sponsor. The 2016 show was also held in New Delhi and the strong support it received there prompted organizers to book a return engagement. As of this writing you can get an early bird ticket to DomainX 2017 for just $116.30 (including the ticketing fee). 

(Posted May 1, 2017)

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