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Domaining Europe Becomes
NamesCon Europe

June 7-9, 2018 | Valencia, Spain

As Domaining Europe enters its 10th year, we are honored to work with founder Dietmar Stefitz to facilitate his retirement and to transform this iconic conference into NamesCon Europe. Dietmar will directly manage the 2018 event to ensure a smooth transition, then step into an advisory role as brand ambassador.

This is an event where top-level decision makers from the global domain industry come together to share new ideas. It enables the communication between registrars, registries and most importantly, registrants. The evolution of the global market and the addition of new top-level domains calls for continuous attention toward new marketing and monetization strategies. 

This year we take you to Valencia, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Known as Spain's city of the arts and sciences, Valencia hits all the marks with beaches, city and sunshine.

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 Hotel Sorolla Palace, Valencia

Hotel Sorolla Palace, Valencia

 Explore the sunny beaches of Valencia during your stay

Explore the sunny beaches of Valencia during your stay

How To Get Here

NamesCon Europe is pleased to host you at the Hotel Sorolla Palace. This 4-star hotel and conference facility is located next to the Congress Centre, in an area of Valencia that has experienced major growth within the commercial, business and finance sectors. It is also close to the Valencia Fairgrounds.

Sercotel Hotel Sorolla Palace
Avinguda de les Corts Valencianes, 58
46015 València

Enjoy our special room rate of 80€ Single or 90€ Double occupancy, including all taxes and breakfast. Enter the code DOMAINING2018 to apply your discount.

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NamesCon Europe Agenda

Please watch this space for updates as we confirm session details, speakers, and panel topics.

Thursday June 7th

8:30am - 9:30am

Pick up your name badge with your email address or Eventbrite ticket confirmation. Registration will remain open for the duration of the event.



9:30am - 10:00am

Join Akram Atallah as he welcomes NamesCon Europe guests to Valencia and sets the tone for the next two days of sessions and events.

Akram Atallah
Global Domains Division President, ICANN

Welcome to NamesCon



10:00am - 10:30am

In this engaging live stream session Michael will be discussing the a to z of obtaining a .com with a special focus on valuation.

Michael Mann

Get a .COM

Live-Stream Remote Session


10:30am - 11:00am

Fake words in names can be like Fake News - they can lead you to something other than the desired result. So-called "brandable" domains - often words that are made up or misspelled - rarely pass the "radio test" and can be costly to build into a memorable SEO friendly brand. On the other hand, a domain comprised of a keyword or keywords can create a powerful brand that is easy to identify and ranks well in organic search. And with marketplaces like, a strong keyword domain can be had for a low monthly fee, creating opportunities for end-users and investors alike.

Jeff Sass
Chief Marketing Officer, .CLUB

Let's Get REAL: "Brandable" Names vs. Keyword Domains



11:00am - 11:30am

Much premium domain transaction history exist for the legacy gTLDs such as .com .net .org and many of the larger ccTLDs. There are also multiple tools available to appraise legacy TLDs. For new gTLDs, there are much less available transaction history and not many appraisal tools. The session will focus on how we can appraise new gTLD Premium Domains at this early state.

Rolf Larsen

How to Value Premium Domains for New gTLDs



11:30am - 12:00pm

Six-Figure nTLDs: A Q&A with Jebidiah Burnett


Join Donuts for an insightful Q&A with their senior sales broker, who has sold more six-figure nTLD than anyone. Jebidiah will discuss the ins and outs of past and present deals and his experience selling high end nTLDs. 

Jebidiah Burnett
Senior Broker, Donuts Inc.


12:00pm - 12:30pm

Take the opportunity to network with fellow attendees as we have a short break for coffee and snacks.

Coffee Break


12:30pm - 1:00pm

12:30 - 13:00 

Selling or buying a domain? Paul Keating covers the in's and out's of what to watch out for in domain name sales. From Escrow transactions, not all Escrow services are alike, to issues with financing transactions and tracing ownership in the post-GDPR world.

Paul Keating

Transactions: Avoiding Tricks and Traps



1:00pm - 2:00pm

13:00- 14:00

Join our expert panelists as they discuss the effects of the General Data Protection Regulation in Europe, which is having impacts all around the world, and what it means for you and your domain business.

Michele Neylon, CEO & Founder, Blacknight; Thomas Rickert, Owner, Rickert Law Firm

Moderator: Kevin Murphy

GDPR and Domain Industry Impacts



2:00pm - 2:15pm


Rub shoulders with your neighbour for one of our favourite conference traditions: the group photo!

Group Photo


2:15pm - 4:00pm


Don't miss the lunch buffet in the afternoon - you'll need to fuel up for more amazing sessions taking place after the break!

Lunch Break


4:00pm - 4:30pm


A non-technical talk on how to apply Artificial Intelligence to high frequency domain names investment using public data, private data and investing in data science and mathematics to sort those millions of data that we move every day.

Antonio Villamarin

Artificial Intelligence Applied to High Frequency Domain Investment



4:30pm - 5:30pm


This dynamic panel will discuss how to effectively value your domain portfolio, with illustrative examples and case studies. Share your own domain names with the panel for live assistance on valuation strategies.

Alan Shiflett, Senior Manager Aftermarket, GoDaddy; Antonio Villamarin, CEO,; Ana Paula Vazquez, Country Manager, Sedo

Moderator: Braden Pollock

Domain Portfolio Valuation



5:30pm - 6:00pm


Coffee Break

Take the opportunity to network with fellow attendees as we take a 1-hour break for coffee and snacks.


6:00pm - 7:00pm


Domain Monetization


This exciting panel will discuss one of the most important aspects of owning a domain name. They will share their industry expertise to help you learn everything you need to know about monetizing your domains. 

Freddy Schiwek,CEO, Zonat S.A; James Tuplin, Director of Business Development, Bodis; Joel Ghebaly,Head of Product Management, Sedo; Marc Stepken, Senior Sales Consultant, Sedo; Michael Bereslavsky, Domain Magnate.

Moderator: Braden Pollock


9:00pm - 12:00am


Gala Dinner

Join us for an unforgettable Gala dinner held at the Marina Beach Club. The club is located in the city’s most iconic place, the leisure harbour Marina Real Juan Carlos I. A combination of beach, sun, pool, fun, music and varied food for all tastes in what is set to be the best beach club in the Mediterranean.

Bus departs at 8:45pm and returns at midnight.

Friday, June 8th

8:30am - 9:30am


Pick up your name badge with your email address or Eventbrite ticket confirmation. Registration will remain open for the duration of the event.


9:30am - 10:00am

This session will expose the challenges facing the over-centralized $640bn global advertising market and demonstrate how Fenestra, built on blockchain technology, will save billions for advertisers by creating transparency and trust to advertisers' media supply chain.

Ashley MacKenzie
CEO, Fenestra

Fenestra: Trust in Transparency



10:00am - 11:00am

Insider View on Dropcatching


Learn the in's and out's of dropcatching and how you can use this practice to increase your domain name inventory.

David Chelly, Lecturer, Paris Business School ; Erik Lambrechts, Co-Founder & CEO, ; Shaun Wilkinson, COO,

Moderator: Braden Pollock


11:00am - 11:30am

Aftermarket Best Practices for Making Money


Joe will share what GoDaddy learned by operating their own portfolio of over 700,000 domains. How best to acquire, price, list, and sell your domains based on our data and experiments over the past few years.

Joe Styler
Community Manager for the Aftermarket, GoDaddy


11:30am - 12:30pm

Coffee Break 

Take the opportunity to network with fellow attendees as we take a 1-hour break for coffee and snacks.


12:30pm - 1:00pm


Short .com Domains: Understanding Supply and Demand of an $8B Market


What influences the price of short .com domains? The Liquid Domain Market Overview, a collaboration between, GGRG, Intelium and ShortNames, explains all the key metrics that drive the value of the most-traded domains in China so you can anticipate the market and become a successful domain investor.

Giuseppe Graziano


1:00pm - 2:00pm


Global Internet Economy


In a hyperconnected world, no sector of the economy will be untouched by technology and only those who adapt quickly to technological change will be successful. How is Europe performing ?

Lars Steffen,International Director, .ECO;Thomas Rickert, Managing Director,

Moderator: Braden Pollock


2:00pm - 4:00pm


Lunch Break

Don't miss the delicious lunch buffet in the afternoon - you'll need to fuel up for more amazing sessions taking place after the break! 


4:00pm - 4:30pm


How to Buy Profitable Websites


Michael will cover different aspects of buying and maintaining established websites: common mistakes to avoid, how to choose, due diligence, finding good deals, planning and maintenance and more.

Michael Bereslavsky
Founder, Domain Magnate


4:30pm - 5:00pm


Monetization: A Key Domain Strategy for 2018


The session is not only dedicated for domainers who are focused on online traffic monetization. Adam will explain how domain parking influences cashflow, how it builds preferential financial position affecting sales negotiations and investment planning and finally why they all together determine investment results of a domainer. Using large portfolios as a representative example, the session will explain how different types of landing pages, incl. PPC and non-PPC pages, influence number of incoming leads, why number of leads isn't correlated with conversion of sales and what's the relation between domain parking and sales results of premium domain names. Come and learn why domain monetization in 2018 remains key element of domain investing strategy for domain investors and registrars.

Adam Wagner
Account Manager, Team Internet AG


5:00pm - 5:30pm


The 3 B's of Developing Domains: Buy, Build, Benefit


Lean how to develop your domain to create recurring revenue while also increasing the domain value. This session will cover domain development, SEO, PPC, SMM and run through a real life example of the revenue and value-creating potential of developing your domains.

Alex Melen
Co-Founder and CEO, SmartSites


5:30pm - 7:00pm


Jamón Jamón

This cultural event will feature a ham cutter and professional charcutero. Come experience the Spanish art of ham-cutting with us.

Vegetarian cuts will also be available.


7:00pm - 8:00pm


Choosing the Correct Domain for your Marketing Strategy


Choosing the correct domain name can make or break your marketing strategy and can affect the success of any existing or new business. Join the experts to find out more about what you can do to choose the perfect name for your idea.

Ramón RautenstraucH, Founder, Divulga.Media; Other speakers tba

Moderator: Braden Pollock


8:00pm - 8:30pm


Handover Reception

Join us for drinks and a short ceremony around the pool area where Domaining Europe will officially become NamesCon Europe. 

Dietmar Stefitz, Founder, Domaining Europe &
Sören Von Varchmin, CEO, NamesCon


8:30pm - 9:30pm


Lords of Uptime: Unplugged

For the first time on the NamesCon Europe stage, please join us at the hotel pool area for a special Lords of Uptime Unplugged performance with Soeren von Varchmin, Judah Johns, and guest singer Franky Smet van Damme from Belgian rock band Channel Zero.

This event is a benefit for the Hope Children's Centre, for which we hope to raise 6500 EUR during NamesCon Europe in order to finish building a new secondary school. Please give generously and help us provide education to those who need it the most!.

Donate today.


1:00am - 5:00am

Disco party!

There is no better way to celebrate the domaining industry than with an unforgettable night of dancing. Dance the night away with us at the Valencia's famous terrace club, L'Umbracle, with latin and house music. Entry for NamesCon guests is free.

Saturday June 9th

11:00am - 2:00pm


Tour of Valencia 

Whether you have been to Valencia before or not you won't want to miss this tour. Join us in exploring some of the best sights the city has to offer! 

Note: this will be a bus tour which also includes a trip by boat.


2:00pm - 4:00pm



What's more Spanish than paella? Join us in enjoying Spain's national dish: Paella Valenciana!


4:00pm - 5:00pm


Return to Hotel 

The tour will end back at the hotel.