NamesCon India

May 19th, 2017 | Mumbai

On May 19, 2017, NamesCon India will set up shop in Mumbai — the largest city in India and the cultural home along the Ganges River to the third largest economy in the world. With a well-educated and upwardly-mobile middle class, a love of technology and a thriving entrepreneurial spirit, India has embraced the internet revolution.

NamesCon India will be a jam-packed day with keynote presentations and informative sessions where industry experts will discuss the hottest topics and the latest advancements in the domain industry. Plus, the event will close with one of our renowned domain auctions!

NamesCon India is the best new opportunity of the year for registrars, registries, web hosting companies, domain investors, brand managers, and the rest of the internet industry to gain the kinds of insights and vital business connections that will have a real impact in this expanding market. We have limited exhibit opportunities available so contact us ASAP to secure your space!

NamesCon India will take place in conjunction with WHD.india, so be sure to join us a day early on May 18 and take advantage of the many crossover business opportunities between the domaining and hosting industries.


The gateway

There are more than 51 million small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in India today — twice as many as the United States. This one statistic alone identifies India as one of the fastest growing domain industry markets in the world.

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Photo by Advait Supnekar

Photo by Advait Supnekar


Mumbai is the business and financial capital of India and one of the ten largest cities in the world with more than 21 million people. It is a modern city that embraces the latest scientific and technological advancements while maintaining its traditions and history.

Photo by Paolo Braiuca

Photo by Paolo Braiuca


NamesCon India is the event of the year to discover opportunity and make contacts at the newest domaining conference in India. This is your opportunity to introduce your products and services to new customers and partners in this remarkable market.


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How To Get Here

NamesCon India is pleased to join WHD.india at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai in 2017. This 5-star hotel and conference facility located in the heart of the India’s largest city has a state-of-the-art conference center, luxury accommodations, and easy access to the international airport and rail service, making it the perfect location for one of our most popular events of the year.

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by train

Mumbai has a modern train system with convenient stations near all major airports and hotels. Since Grand Hyatt Mumbai is so close to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, using the train is impractical. However, if you are coming from other airports or areas within Mumbai, all major Western rail routes to the peninsula of Mumbai City pass through Santacruz Station. Santacruz Station is only a 10 minute walk to the hotel which lies directly east of the station.

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by car

The Grand Hyatt Mumbai is located just off of Western Express Highway, Santacruz East, Mumbai, India. This is only a four mile drive lasting only 10 - 15 minutes from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

by taxi

Taxi service is readily available from the airport to the Grand Hyatt Hotel Mumbai. The rate is estimated at between Rs160 and Rs170 (approximately US$ 2.50 or EU € 2.25). Verify rates with your taxi driver prior to beginning your trip. It is not necessary to tip drivers in India, but rounding up the change is appreciated.

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The Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel

Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz (East), Mumbai, India

The Grand Hyatt Mumbai has been called the best luxury hotel in India, and it is easy to understand why. Their legendary service and accommodations deliver all of the modern Western comforts while remaining steeped in the culture of this amazing city. And the location is situated in the heart of this thriving metropolis, exceptionally close to hundreds of local attractions and only a few kilometers away from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Book your hotel room here, on Booking.com.



NamesCon India Agenda

Our mobile app will allow you to manage your schedule, access speaker profiles and sponsor pages, and connect with other attendees. Once you've registered watch your email inbox for download and sign-in information!


Friday May 19th

10:00am - 10:10am

Welcome to NamesCon India

Join us for an exciting kick-off to a day full of panels, keynotes, and invaluable education, closing with the GreatDomains Auction powered by Sedo!

Moderator: Braden Pollock


10:10am - 10:55am

How to Maximize Domain Investments in the Global Economy


Our opening keynote session with Karishma Wadhwani, product manager for Aftermarket at GoDaddy, will cover insights & experiences to grow your domain investment portfolio.

Karishma Wadhwani, GoDaddy



10:55am - 11:30am

Head to Head: Domain Registries Compare New gTLD Strategies


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

Sandeep Ramchanandi, Radix; Nivu Hussain .CLUB; Anand Vora, Donuts

Moderator: Braden Pollock


11:30am - 12:00pm

Dollars and Sense of .net


It is critical to consider risk and reward when managing a domain name portfolio. The earned trust and confidence that can come with a domain name are important because they relate to awareness from users and the public, as well as consistent, reliable operations and effective marketing histories. These factors help to determine value and risk of a domain extension. In this presentation, Manish Dalal will talk about what will make your portfolio strong, beyond .com.

Manish Dalal, Verisign


12:00pm - 1:15pm

Lunch Break

Enjoy a complimentary lunch, while networking with fellow attendees! 


1:15pm - 1:40pm 

Fireside Chat with
Sai Pola

Sai Pola is an entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience in the software industry spanning across two continents. As one of the pioneers to experience the origins and development of the internet, Mr. Pola is one of India’s leading domainers with over a decade of experience in domaining.

Sai Pola, Yellowpages.in

Moderator: Braden Pollock


1:40pm - 2:10pm

Fireside Chat with
Deepak Daftari

It's still possible to pursue a full time domaining career with just a little capital and lots of hard work. Don't just take our word for it–come hear first hand from Deepak Daftari, a pioneer in Indian domaining who is currently very active in .com sales.

deepak daftari, esiksha.com

Moderator: Braden Pollock


2:10pm - 2:30pm

The Business of ICANN: How Internet Policy Affects You and Your Customers


Virtually every business model is built on the assumption that the Internet of tomorrow will be the same as the open, secure, and globally interoperable Internet of today – but who are the people that work to guarantee it? As you are pushing the boundaries of technology, key policies affecting your businesses are being developed at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN’s Head of India, Samiran Gupta, explains what ICANN is, how you and your customers are affected by the policies it helps coordinate, and what you can do today to have your voice added to the mix.

Samiran Gupta, icann


2:30pm - 3:00pm

Coffee Break

Take an opportunity to discuss the previous sessions and network with other attendees, while enjoying a selection of light refreshments. 


3:00pm - 3:45pm

What's My Domain Worth? Appraising Domain Names for Auction


NamesCon India will call on a panel of experts to lead a discussion about the value of premium domains. Panelists will also discuss the top 10 domains in the auction and their estimated bidding prices, with time for an audience Q&A.

Dave Evanson, Sedo; Pankaj Vijayvargiya, bitlevel international; Prakhar Bindal, Namekart; Aishwin Vikhona, Domain Investor; Samit Madan, MediaWiz

Moderator: Braden Pollock


3:45pm - 5:00pm

Sedo's GreatDomains Auction + The Future Edition

A moderated registry profile session will highlight benefits of each domain auction partner registry, and an audience Q&A will be held with prizes given away to audience members who successfully ask or answer questions. The top 10 domains in Sedo's GreatDomains Auction will be revisited, and the event will conclude with the biggest sales of the auction.

Moderator: Braden Pollock

Sedo's GreatDomains Auction+ The Future Edition


Auction details

Powered by Sedo, the GreatDomains Auction+ The Future Edition for NamesCon India will run May 12th – 19th. The NamesCon India conference will close on May 19th with a viewing of the online auction process and final review of names up for auction. See our event agenda here


How to Bid in the GreatDomains Auction+



Simply register for an account with Sedo, the leading domain name marketplace with over 2 million members. Make sure to click on the confirmation link in your email to activate your account.



In order to place a bid, you need to have the right level of certification. Sedo offers three types of Member Certification:

a) Standard Certification

This option is for Sedo members who wish to place bids below 10,000 USD / EUR /GBP in any Sedo auction.

Choose one of the following methods to certify:

- Phone Certification - Member Certification statement

- Credit / Debit Card - W9 tax document (Available for U.S. members; required for businesses)

- SMS / Text message (not available for members in the U.S. / Canada)

b) Premium Certification

This option is for Sedo members who wish to place bids greater than 10,000 USD / EUR / GBP in any Sedo auction. Submission of a certification application, a bank statement or utility bill, and a photo ID, are required.

c) Premium Plus Certification

This option is for Sedo members who wish to place bids greater than 100,000 USD / EUR / GBP in any Sedo auction. Submission of a certification application, a bank statement or utility bill, and a photo ID, are required along with a fully-refundable 1,000 USD / EUR / GBP security deposit. Please note that you can’t participate in the auction without the proper account certification! Remember to certify your account right after the initial account setup.



Place your bids in the GreatDomains Auction+ on the domains you want. You can either place bids via the domain offer page itself or use your personal Buyer Control Panel for a streamlined overview of the domains you're interested in.


Domain Auction Partners


Verisign, a global leader in domain names and Internet security, enables Internet navigation for many of the world’s most recognized domain names and provides protection for websites and enterprises around the world. Verisign ensures the security, stability and resiliency of key Internet infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net top-level domains and two of the Internet’s root servers, as well as performs the root-zone maintainer functions for the core of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Verisign’s Security Services include intelligence-driven Distributed Denial of Service Protection, iDefense Security Intelligence and Managed DNS. 


CLUB is the most used new top-level domain and the perfect web address for a membership or subscription based startup, or anyone sharing or expressing their passion. Priced right for hosting and email bundles, .CLUB is a profitable choice for registrars and resellers. If a business is building a community of members around a product or service, there’s no better domain than .CLUB.


GLOBAL is a new top-level domain that offers a trusted name space for organizations of all sizes that aim to reach a market that isn’t limited by geographic or commercial borders. .GLOBAL enables brands to be innova-tive and to make all of their online identity count, even right of the dot. You don’t have to be big to be globally relevant and attract a worldwide audience in 2017. Here’s the perfect opportunity strategically and easily tap into the global marketplace!


MMX is a sales and marketing focused organisation managing a world class portfolio of top-level domain assets with a focus on commercialising geographic, occupational, consumer, lifestyle, outdoor, and general interest domains. Working through an expanding international network of registrars and distribution partners, MMX brings the benefits of affinity–based top-level domain addresses to the B2B and consumer audiences.


Started in 2012, Radix is world’s 3rd largest domain portfolio registry and Asia’s largest gTLD applicant to ICANN. Radix is part of the Directi Group which is currently valued at $1.4 billion. Radix has been an active participant in ICANN’s process to expand the internet naming system, and has obtained the rights to operate over 9 new gTLDs (generic Top Level Domains) including .ONLINE, .STORE, .TECH, .WEBSITE, .SPACE, .PRESS, .SITE, .HOST, and .FUN.