1) You have to do it manually. Once you collapse the divisions, everything will be together. Then, you can create an extra elim round (or rounds) on the schedule. You can manually pair those elims and place only the "breakout" novice teams into it. I would recommend changing the entry code for any novice teams (e.g. N100 instead of 100 or something) so they're easy to identify.
I don't think there's a built-in way to do separate speaker awards, but you can use the normal speaker awards lists and pretty quickly pull out the novices.
You merge events in Settings - Events - using the box on the right. If that's empty, odds are you haven't set an event abbreviation for each of your events. That box uses the abbreviation, not the full name, so if you don't have one set, the box will be blank.