NamesCon 2017 Agenda

Additional speaker and keynote announcements will be made in the following weeks. Watch for the release of our new mobile app, which will allow you to manage your schedule, access speaker, moderator and sponsor profiles, and connect with other attendees. 

Agenda is subject to change without notice.

Saturday, January 21st


10:00am - 6:00pm

Registration and Name Badge Pick Up

Convention Center Foyer

Take advantage of early name badge pick up so you can skip the line on Sunday and head straight into the Meet the Expert sessions and Network Lane exhibits.

 

Sunday, January 22nd


8:00am - 8:00pm

Registration and Name Badge Pick Up

Convention Center Foyer

Collect your name badge for entry to NamesCon - no paper confirmations are required, the name and/or e-mail address you used to register is all you need!

 

11:00am - 11:30am

Opening remarks to welcome attendees and officially launch the 2017 NamesCon event.

jothan frakes

Welcome to NamesCon

 

12:00pm - 6:00pm

Today only! Join us in our speed exhibits hall for an exciting environment of networking and learning about new and returning exhibitors.  

Network Lane

 

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Meet the publisher of DomainSherpa.com, an educational media company that helps entrepreneurs learn about the domain name industry, for a tutorial on how to break into domain investing.

michael cyger, domainsherpa

 

Domain Investing 101: A How-To Guide For Newcomers

Meet the Expert

 

Through Linton Investments, Morgan has helped some of the most recognized startups in the world acquire their top choice domain name.

MORGAN LINTON, fashion metric

Entrepreneurial Strategy: Tips for Launching Your Startup 

Meet the Expert

 

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Apply tips from NamesCon's social media strategy to your own business, and learn how you can submit news to our media team to make the most out of your conference.

Jordan Yerman, NamesCon; Stephanie Mercier Voyer, NamesCon

Social Media Bootcamp with NamesCon

Meet the Expert

 

Discover how to think outside of the box when it comes to name selection. Plus, workshop your own name ideas and get live feedback.

Adam strong, evergreen; victor pitts, name your startup  

The Name Game: Discover Unique Naming Strategies 

Meet the Expert

 

2:00pm - 2:45pm

This session will review the factors for determining the “health” of a name-space and why usage is the key driver of domain name value.

statton hammock, rightside

Increasing the Value of New Domains in the Secondary Market

Meet the Expert

 

Examining copyrights, patents, trademarks and design as they relate to domain names and the law. Learn how to protect your ideas and your brand.

Eugene Rome, Rome & Associates

Understanding Intellectual Property and Domains

Meet the Expert

 

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Don't get burned by a bad transaction! Escrow services protect both the buyer and the seller, facilitating risk-free deals in the domain business.

jackson elsegood, escrow.com

Accepting Payments the Safe Way

Meet the Expert

 

Learn how to spot a great geographically-targeted domain name and maximize sales for your existing geo-domains portfolio. With a focus on long-tailed keywords and domains that end in realestate, homes, lawyer or other verticals.

Steven Kaziyev, NewYorkMedia.com

How Can I Monetize My Geo-Targeted Domain Names?

Meet the Expert

 

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Excited for the 2017 Domain Auction? Preview some of our 2017 auction items and learn what RightOfTheDot looks for during the name selection process.

Monte Cahn, RightOfTheDot

Tips for Selling Your Domains Through Auction

Meet the Expert

 

How to determine fair appraisals and valuations and remove the dark art of subjectivity. Bring your own domain names to discuss with the group!

andrew james, domainagents

What's My Name Worth?

Meet the Expert

 

5:00pm - 5:45pm

Investment opportunities around 3- and 4-letter .com's will be discussed, plus additional topics such as when to sell, when to buy, what the latest market changes are, and more.

omar baig,Domain Nexus

3L and 4L.coms: Emergence of a New Asset Class

Meet the Expert

 

Learn the ultimate negotiation tactics so you can get the most value out of your domain names, as well as how to recognize approaches and methods of first contact such as automation, lowballers, and IP traps.

Jen sale, 1word.com

Responding to Offers

Meet the Expert

 

 

6:00pm - 6:15pm

All attendees, exhibitors and sponsors are invited to join us for a new annual tradition - a group photo! Put on your official NamesCon tee and strike a pose. The group will be corralled in front of the wedding chapel.

NamesCon Group Photo

 

 

7:00pm - 11:00pm

Celebrate opening day of NamesCon 2017 with live jazz music and networking in a casual atmosphere. Wear your name badge for entry.

Rightside Opening Reception

 

Monday, January 23rd


 

8:00am - 9:30am

 

Domain Name Association Breakfast

Join the DNA for a buffet breakfast and learn more about how you can get involved in this great association.

 
 

8:00am - 8:00pm

 

Visit the NamesCon information desk for registration, wayfinding, and any other questions you may have for our friendly staff!

Information Desk

Convention Center Foyer

 
 

9:00am - 6:00pm

 

For impromptu round table meetings or a quiet place to set up and work, the Verisign Business Hub is open to all attendees.

Verisign Business Hub

 
 

10:00am - 6:00pm

 

Visit more than 45 exhibitors in our busy exhibit hall, and don't forget to use the NamesCon mobile app to check in at exhibitor booths and be entered to win fantastic prizes!

Exhibit Hall

 
 

10:00am - 10:45am

 

The Future of Domaining

Keynote

Frank joins us again this year for another compelling keynote – be sure to get there early as the house is always packed!

FRANK SCHILLING, UNIREGISTRY

 
 

11:00am - 11:45am

 

Best Practices Selling Domains Through Hosting

Panel

How can hosting companies and site builders maximize profits by selling domains? Our panel of experts will shine some light on this competitive market.

SPEAKERS TBA

Moderator: Bill Sweetman

 

Dominate the Drop: Best Practices for Successfully Acquiring Deleting Domains

Breakout

Join dropcatching powerhouses SnapNames and NameJet to learn how dropcatching works, and learn useful tips for playing the Drop and acquiring these gems.

Speakers TBA

Presented by Web.com

 

Uniregistry Session

Breakout

Session name and details to be announced shortly.

Speakers tba

Presented by Uniregistry

 
 

12:00pm - 12:45pm

 

Always Be Closing: Case Studies of Recent Domain Sale Negotiations

Panel

Hear about recent case studies from top industry domain investors and brokers, and learn how the best of the best negotiate their deals.

Speakers TBA

Moderator: Derek Newman

 

The Most Shocking UDRP Decisions of 2016

Breakout

The ICA will identify 5 UDRP decisions from 2016 and each case will be presented by an expert ICA panelist. Attendees can vote for the “most shocking” case via the NamesCon app and one lucky voter will be awarded an iPad.

Speakers TBA

Moderator: Bill Sweetman
Presented by the Internet Commerce Association

 

Uniregistry Session

Breakout

Session name and details to be announced shortly.

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Presented by Uniregistry

 
 

1:00pm - 1:45pm

 

Aftermarket Sales By The Numbers

Panel

Sales experts will answer the toughest questions posed by domain investors: What is being bought? When are they selling? What are common sales averages? What trends are the most interesting?

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Moderator: Christa Taylor

 

10 Ways to Creatively Use Domain Names in Your Marketing and Branding Campaigns

Breakout

DNA members will explore how domain names enhance advertising campaigns, providing specific examples of how to make use of domain names within your own marketing strategy.

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Moderator: Jeff Sass, .CLUB
Presented by the Domain Name Association

 

Uniregistry Session

Breakout

Session name and details to be announced soon.

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Presented by Uniregistry

 
 

2:00pm - 2:45pm

 

The State of Premium Domains in 2017

Breakout

Rightside brings together a panel of experienced domain investors who will discuss what to look forward to in premium domains. Discover where to find the best inventory, how to negotiate prices, and what tools exist to help manage your portfolio.

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Moderator: Matt Overman, Rightside
Presented by Rightside

 

Uniregistry Session

Breakout

Session name and details to be announced soon.

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Presented by Uniregistry

 
 

3:00pm - 6:00pm

 

NamesCon Domain Auction 2017, Presented by RightOfTheDot

Don't miss the annual NamesCon Premium Domain Auction, an exciting event where live bids will compete with online bidding from around the world! Pre-bidding and post Extended Auction will be hosted by our partner NameJet.

Last year’s event resulted in 70% of lots being sold! We are pleased to announce that once again Monte Cahn and World Champion Live Auctioneer Wayne Wheat will conduct the live auction event. Food and beverages will be served.

 

Tuesday, January 24th


8:00am - 8:00pm

Visit the NamesCon Information Desk for registration, wayfinding, and any other questions you may have for our friendly staff.

Information Desk

Convention Center Foyer

 

9:00am - 6:00pm

For impromptu roundtable meetings or a quiet place to set up and work, the Verisign Business Hub is open to all attendees.

Verisign Business Hub

 

10:00am - 6:00pm

Visit more than 45 exhibitors in our busy exhibit hall, and don't forget to use the NamesCon mobile app to check in at exhibitor booths and be entered to win fantastic prizes!

Exhibit Hall

 

10:00am - 10:45am

Keynote Address

Keynote

Keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

 

11:00am - 11:45am

DomainSherpa Review, Live!

Panel

Your domains will be reviewed and valued by the Sherpa panel, and you could receive a cash offer to buy your domain on the spot! (Submit your domain at www.domainsherpa.com/namescon up to January 19.)

Speakers TBA

Moderator: Michael Cyger

 

Session description coming soon!

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Presented by GoDaddy

Hacks to Building Your Dream Portfolio

Breakout

 

Session name and details to be announced shortly.

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Presented by Uniregistry

Uniregistry Session

Breakout

 

12:00pm - 12:45pm

No one can deny that China made a huge impact on the domain industry in the last two years. A panel of industry experts will discuss the latest changes to this enormous and complex market and help us understand the important differences between the Chinese and 'Western' world of domains.

SPEAKERS TBA

Moderator: Bill Sweetman

China Masterclass

Panel

 

Online Security: Protecting and Recovering Your Domains and Social Accounts

Breakout

No one is safe. Hear about recent cases of online domain hijacking and social media theft, and learn what you need to do to protect your most valuable assets.

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Moderator: Derek Newman

 

Session name and details to be announced shortly.

SPEAKERS TBA

Presented by Uniregistry

Uniregistry Session

Breakout

 

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Who you should trust with your names and why? Registrars duke it out on stage in a bid for your business, and discuss how this industry is evolving.

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Moderator: Bill Sweetman

Head to Head: Comparing Domain Registrars

Panel

 

Domain names are often chosen to match the startup, but what happens when the name comes before the idea? Panelists share stories on how business began with the domain itself, and what tools are out there to help you succeed.

Speakers TBA

Moderator: Braden Pollock

The Cart Before the Horse: Building Your Domain Name into Big Business

Breakout

 

Session name and details to be announced shortly.

SPEAKERS TBA

Presented by Uniregistry

Uniregistry Session

Breakout

 

2:00pm - 2:45pm

DNA members will highlight creative approaches to brand strategy, highlighting companies who have branded or rebranded with nTLDs.

Speakers TBA

Moderator: Tony Kirsch, Neustar
Presented by the Domain Name Association

Brands, dotBrands and Branding

Panel

 

Supporters of Women in Domaining take on a prevalent challenge within the tech industry: how to recruit and retain good talent.    

Speakers TBA

Moderator: Derek Newman

 

Women in Domaining On...Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent

Breakout

 

Session name and details to be announced shortly.

SPEAKERS TBA

Presented by Uniregistry

Uniregistry Session

Breakout

 

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

Keynote Address

Keynote

 

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Wrangle your colleagues and demonstrate your prowess at one of the many games in our Exhibit Hall! The official tournament will begin promptly at 4pm for any teams who show up to the game of their choice. Refs will coordinate from there. Prizes will be awarded to winners.

Games Tournament

 

Convene the ultimate charitable team for a relay race through the Exhibit Hall. Challenge other companies to match your donation to support WaterSchool! You can receive a charity receipt for your participation pledge - and secure your VIP wristbands for the WaterNight Gala.

WaterWalk Challenge

 

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Attendees will enjoy a healthy dinner buffet, and of course the unique opportunity to connect with other women in the domaining industry! This is a complimentary event, and no RSVP is necessary. The first 100 women through the door will receive a gift bag, and several door prizes will also be given out. If you’re a woman in tech, this event is not to be missed!

Women in Domaining Dinner

 

9:00pm - 2:00am

Join us for our annual night of generosity, with live music and epic head shaves, where we hope to exceed $150,000 in donations for WaterSchool! Pledges will be confirmed or accepted at the door to gain entry to the Havana Club.

WaterNight Charity Gala

 

Wednesday, January 25th


9:00am - 6:00pm

Visit the NamesCon Information desk for registration, wayfinding, or any other questions you may have for our friendly staff! Shipping assistance may be coordinated at the FedEx Centre.

Information Desk

Convention Center Foyer

 

9:00am - 3:00pm

For impromptu roundtable meetings or a quiet place to set up and work, the Verisign Business Hub is open to all attendees.

Verisign Business Hub

 

10:00am - 3:00pm

Join us for a final day in the bustling Exhibit Hall - check in with any exhibitors you haven't had a chance to meet, challenge colleagues to one of the games, or have that final meeting in one of the lounges.

Exhibit Hall

 

10:00am - 10:45am

Keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

Keynote Address

Keynote

 

11:00am - 11:45am

While India has a low internet penetration rate of 19% it is close to replacing the US as the 2nd largest market with almost 300 million internet users. With more than 50 million new users per year, India cannot be ignored. Find out what makes this unique nation tick.

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Moderator: Braden Pollock

India Masterclass

Panel

 

Look forward and anticipate the prosperity and growth of TLDs for existing and future launches. Utilizing experiences and insight from current cases into the next round and beyond.

Speakers TBA

Moderator: Christa Taylor

A Look Ahead at the New TLDs

Breakout

 

Session name and details to be announced shortly.

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Presented by Uniregistry

Uniregistry Session

Breakout

 
 

12:00pm - 12:45pm

 

Cashflow is the lifeblood of this asset class. Re-evaluate how to manage and monetize your portfolio to achieve higher ROI.

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Moderator: Christa Taylor

Domain Monetization: Managing a Portfolio for Profit

Panel

 

Renowned industry bloggers will discuss top news stories from NamesCon 2017, their most memorable moments, and what they hope attendees will take away from the conference.

SPEAKERS TBA

Moderator: Braden Pollock

Bloggers Broadcast: Dispatches from NamesCon 2017      

Breakout

 

Session name and details to be announced shortly.

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Presented by Uniregistry

Uniregistry Session

Breakout

 

1:00pm - 1:45pm

NamesCon founder Richard Lau will interview serial entrepreneur Elliot Noss to gather his personal insights on building a company for the long term.

elliot noss, tucows

Interviewer: Richard Lau

The Pragmatic Rebel: A Fireside Chat with Elliot Noss

Panel

 

Session description coming soon!

Speakers TBA

Presented by GoDaddy Legal

Privacy and Your Domains

Breakout

 

Session name and details to be announced shortly.

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Presented by Uniregistry

Uniregistry Session

Breakout

 

2:00pm - 2:45pm

V- and C-level executives identify emerging trends from NamesCon 2017 - and make predictions not only for the year ahead, but for the years to come. This memorable keynote panel will mark our final session for this edition of NamesCon!

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Moderator: Jothan Frakes

Executive Roundtable: Industry Trends Forecast for 2017

Keynote