More conferences! Following on the heels of a very successful F8 conference with Facebook, I am now on to Munich for the newtlds.org conference.
New Top Level Domains are coming into focus and it is the time to be preparing for them. I have connected up with a constellation of experts in a company called Sedari, which provides expert consulting and operational excellence for these new domains that are on the horizon. It is a great group of people, and we’re really knowledgeable about the process and every facet of them.
ICANN’s new Top Level Domain website is launched and the applicant guidebook published. The communications program is already under way with ICANN gatherings in numerous parts of Europe to announce and provide Q&A about the new Top Level Domain application process.
United Domains have timed a conference perfectly with all of these events, called newdomains.org. I am good friends with the conference organizer, and he’s expressed to me that he is immensely pleased not only about the attendance levels, but in particular just how many of those attendees are from brands, and also how many are new or unrecognized names, which illustrates to me that the interest in new top level domains is brewing.
There will be a keynote from Steve Crocker, the Chairman of the Board of directors of ICANN, and the conference is packed with fantastic sessions that will benefit participants of any level of experience, from beginner to advanced.
I am speaking in a session called “ask the experts” along with my friends and respected experts Peter Dengate Thrush, Tina Dam, and Dan Schindler on 9/26 from 16:30 – 17:25 Munich time (10:30 am Eastern / 7:30 am Pacific).
My good friend and the CEO of Sedari, Dr. Liz Williams, will be on a panel just before hand with Richard Wein of nic.at, Sarah Langstone of VeriSign, Jim Rogers of Neustar, Elmar Knipp from Knipp Medien & Kommunikation GmbH (who have an interesting platform called Tango) and Peter Hupfauer of registry.net.
I look forward to seeing you there!
About the conference:
Conference URL: http://www.newdomains.org
Organized by : uniteddomains.com
Live Blogging will be being done by Jennie-Marie Larsen, also of Sedari either at http://www.sedari.com under blog or @sedarinews on twitter
DotMobi has created a mobile friendly calendar and event site at http://ntlds.mobi/
I am speaking and moderating at the newdomains.org conference in Munich on the 26th and 27th. For people who are working on new top level domains or aspiring applicants, this is a conference not to miss.
New TLDs are covered in depth and precise focus in San Francisco in August. This is a great opportunity for Silicon Valley based entrepreneurs and venture capitalists that might be interested to find out a bit more information in and around the recently announced plans that will shift the internet from the .COM era.
Register now for the next .nxt conference, which will be at the San Francisco InterContinental
24-26 August | sponsorship opportunities available | venue
.nxt is a conference for and around new Top Level Domains. The conference is February 9-10, 2011 in San Francisco, at the Hyatt Regency.
I hope to see you there!
The Domain Marketplace converged on New York this week for the Sedo User conference and T.R.A.F.F.I.C., with other events like the DomainJamNYC happening in the midst of it all.
Lots to report, though I am not there. Oversee.net completed the acquisition of Snapnames (which is like peanut butter and chocolate getting together), and Sedo announced their acquisition of GreatDomains from VeriSign.
Fabulous is gaining ground with their DDN, announcing that large regsitrar Tucows is coming aboard there. Tucows also completed a $3M(USD) premium portfolio sale, and announced their secondary market platform.
Moniker will be performing the worlds largest domain auction this week at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference.
DomainsBot is demonstrating new technology that categorizes or identifies the language of domains when submitted a list of names.
Pool.com has launched myrebel.com as a platform allowing consolidation and management of domains into a single registrar, but leasing one of the creds that are owned by momentous/pool.
DNZoom.com, a consolidated domain management platform, was announced by Modern Gigabyte, and looks promising as a central platform.
The next ICANN meeting is coming up, June 25 to 29. Here are some reasons why I would encourage attendance and participation, and what to watch for there.
- PUERTO RICO
Dude, it’s in Puerto Rico, “La Isla Bonita” . . . What more reason do you need? Although it sounds super glamorous, there’s a lot of us that work hard and don’t leave the venue but for sparse moments.
Conversations about WHOIS format, access, and accuracy are going to be a large focus at this meeting. There are so many sides to this, all with very reasonable needs and requirements that we’re entering into year 8 of the work to make improvements, rules, and expectations.
- NEW GTLDs
New Generic Top Level Domains are going to be a huge topic of discussion, as the process has been largely established and the application window rapidly approaches. It remains to be seen how many applications will come, but I am predicting that there will be at least 150-200 new applications.The driving forces will surround minimum requirements of the applicants, what the application fee is to submit a new string, and how much collision there is (aka duplicate entries) on TLD string submissions. (Hint: .web may have more than one applicant, try something different than that string)The many people who’ve put tireless effort into this process have thought of almost everything, and have brought experience from the past two rounds for this process.