Tuesday, January 30th


8:00am - 10:00am

Christian Domainers' Breakfast

Partagas 1

The growing community of Christian domainers is reconvening for its annual breakfast get-together. All are welcome to join for a breakfast buffet served from 8:00am, courtesy of the .Bible registry, DigitalTown and Epik.com.

*Third party event


9:00am - 6:00pm

Information Desk

Convention Center Foyer


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

Registration partner: Escrow.com


9:00am - 6:00pm

ICA Business Hub


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


10:00am - 10:45am

Domain Name Industry Drivers

.com | .net Keynote Hall

Session description coming soon.

Scott Schnell, Verisign


11:00am - 4:00pm

Exhibit Hall

Visit more than 40 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!


11:00am - 11:45am

Lessons Learned from Operating the Most Valuable Portfolio in
the World

.com | .net Keynote Hall

Learn how one of the largest domain investors in the world prices, sells, and manages their portfolio. GoDaddy VP Paul Nicks will walk you through how they run NameFind while giving valuable advice for building your own portfolio.

Paul Nicks, Godaddy

This session is brought to you by GoDaddy.


UDRP Reform and the Worst Decisions of 2017

.GLOBAL Breakout Stage

The panel will discuss the most outrageous UDRP decisions of the past year and the upcoming UDRP reform.

Zak Muscovitch, DNAttorney; Bob Mountain, Afternic; Nat Cohen, Telepathy; Daniel Law, Internet Commerce Association

Moderator: Kamila Sekiewicz

This session brought to you by the ICA.


Impact of Cultural Diversity
on Domaining

.Asia Space

In this session you will learn about India’s role in the domain name industry, and understand the scope of Indian ccTLDs in the global market and IDN’s role as a growth driver of Indian Internet. Foreign domainers and investors can learn business and negotiation techniques to deal with Indian domainers and businesses. 

Jay Paudyal, DomainKhan.com; Deepak Daftari, eSiksha.com


12:00pm - 12:45pm

Negotiation Strategies in Business

.com | .net Keynote Hall

As a transactional lawyer and litigator, Daliah regularly negotiates on behalf of her clients. However, most business negotiations take place before lawyers are involved. In this seminar, Daliah explains how to successfully negotiate your business deals. 

Daliah SapeR, Saper Law



Domain Search Tools

.GLOBAL Breakout Stage

Domain search is the heart of the industry and most importantly, it is the gateway and first step that any domain name registration starts.  Panelists discuss the latest in domain name search technology today, and where the future of name search is headed.


Moderator: Derek Newman


Blockchain Domain Names: Hands-On

.Asia Space

Get a 15-minute debrief on Blockchain, Ethereum Blockchain Domain Names (ENS), and compare and contrast ENS & DNS. The next 30 minutes are hands-on! You will create your first Blockchain Wallet, buy and assign an instant ENS name for the wallet, receive crypto funds into the account, and using those funds, go to enslisting.com, the ENS aftermarket marketplace and bid/buy more ENS names.

Mano Samy, ENSListing.com


1:00pm - 2:00pm

Lunch Break


The Tropicana offers a variety of casual dining options within an easy 5-minute walk of the convention centre. Don't go too far afield! We'll be back with more in one hour.


For NamesCon VIP pass holders: Enjoy a complimentary lunch buffet while taking part in an intimate and interactive Q&A session.

Haseeb Rabbani, Blockgeeks

Moderator: Braden Pollock

Executive Q&A

Comodo CA VIP Lounge


2:00pm - 2:45pm

#cryptodomaining: Crypto Meets Domaining

Fireside Chat
.com | .net Keynote Hall

Hear from top industry domain brokers at the heart of the intersection between crypto and domaining. It's much bigger than domain names containing crypto related words; the nexus of domain names & cryptographic blockchains will change the way we transact, settle and manage domain names. 

Richard Lau with Drew Rosener and JEN SALE 


3:00pm - 3:45pm

Mastering Aftermarket Appraisals

.GLOBAL Breakout Stage

Join some of the domain industry's top brokers for insight on how to appraise and evaluate domain names to sell or purchase. Stay for an interactive Q&A, where we'll put the panel to the test and have them assess your very own domain names!

George Hong, Guta; David Clements, Brannans; Drew Rosener, MediaOptions; Brian Kleiner, Afternic

Moderator: Derek Newman


3:00pm - 4:00pm

Startup Alley

Exhibition Hall

Join us at the Startup Alley kiosks in the Exhibition Hall for networking and an open bar for happy hour! This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new connections, and get a personal introduction to the startups and small businesses exhibiting at NamesCon.


3:30pm - 4:00pm

Escrow.com Masters of Domain Awards

.com | .net Keynote Hall

Awarded annually, the Masters of Domain awards are presented to the ten highest grossing individual brokers of the preceding year, as determined by sales completed through Escrow.com. Each representing millions in individual domain deals, these ten set the pace of the industry and their fellow brokers.

This session is brought to you by Escrow.com


4:00pm - 7:00pm

Domain Auction

.com | .net Keynote Hall

Don't miss the annual RightOfTheDot/ NamesCon Premium Domain Auction! It's the world's most exciting domain auction event, where the most valuable domain names are up for grabs to the highest bidders. Watch live, in-the-room bids compete with online bidders from around the world!

Pre-bidding and post extended auction will be hosted by our partners RightOfTheDot and NameJet.

We are pleased to announce that once again Monte Cahn, President and Director of RightOfTheDot, and World Champion Live Auctioneer Wayne Wheat will conduct the live event. Food and beverages will be served, with preferred seating and service available to NamesCon VIP pass holders.


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ICA Dinner

Crossroads at The House of Blues, Mandalay Place

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This will be the Internet Commerce Association's fourth annual dinner hosted at NamesCon! Join us for excellent food, drinks and conversation with friends and colleagues in the domain industry. What started as a small gathering has become a popular tradition for a growing number of attendees each year!


9:00pm - 1:00am

Hakkasan Party - Hosted by MMX

Ling Ling Lounge, Hakkasan Nightclub


The MMX team invites all fellow NamesCon 2018 attendees to Party for Success at our Hakkasan Party on Tuesday night! Come celebrate industry fellowship and enjoy our six specially-created signature cocktails at the open MMX bar.

Open cocktail bar until 11pm. Make sure to wear your name badge for entry!