Tuesday, January 24th


7:00am - 9:00am

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 7:30 am, courtesy of the .Bible registry, DigitalTown and Epik.com.

*Third party event

Christian Domainers Meetup

Partagas 2

 

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

 

9:00am - 9:45am

Increase Revenue and ARPU by Offering Additional Online Products

Meet The Expert
WP Engine Room

Offering domains is just the tip of the ice berg. Domains are the gateway to endless options of online products and services that should be offered to SMBs. Come to this session to hear how our partners are implementing them around the globe.

Moshe livne, websplanet

 

Creating a Brandables Portfolio

Meet The Expert
Whoisology Room

Learn how startups and Fortune 500 companies alike think about branding to help you create a more valuable ‘brandables’ portfolio.

Mike Navarini, namerific

 

10:00am - 6:00pm

Exhibit Hall

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!

 

10:00am - 10:45am

Building a Business to Last Decades

Keynote
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

WordPress, co-founded by Matt Mullenweg, already powers over a quarter of the Internet. His billion dollar startup, Automattic, is undoubtedly an Internet success. Come hear about his personal experiences and his next billion dollar idea.

matt mullenweg, automattic

Moderator: Braden Pollock

 

11:00am - 11:45am

DomainSherpa Review, Live!

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

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.)

andrew rosener, media options; frank schilling, uniregistry; shane cultra, DSAD 

Moderator: Michael Cyger

 

Hacks to Building Your Dream Portfolio

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

Join GoDaddy to hear Joe Styler provide valuable tips on how to build your best portfolio. Get tips on what tools to use to search for domain names. How to find the names you want on the China market and how to leverage expiry domain names and auctions.

joe styler and jin wang, godaddy

Presented by GoDaddy

 

Accelerate Growth with Multiple Domains

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

Learn how leading companies use complementary domain names to advertise, connect with customers, and highlight special projects and new business lines. As a domainer, learn how to market a package of multiple complementary domains to your buyers.

bret fausett, uniregistry

Presented by Uniregistry

 

WP Engine Presents: WordPress, the Apex Predator

Meet The Expert
WP Engine Room

In the past 13 years, no CMS has come close to toppling the power of WordPress. As the technology basis for more than 25% of the entire Web it’s time you give WordPress its due. Join this session and learn about how WordPress plans to evolve through your wildest imagination. 

Tony Gilharry, wp engine

 

Five Facts that Will Change the Domain Game in 2017

Meet The Expert
Whoisology Room

24 days have already gone through in 2017 – but the new Domain year will bring five significant changes. In this session two true experts will explain what awaits you in 2017.

crews gore and marco hoffman, internetx

12:00pm - 12:45pm

China Masterclass

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

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.

simon cousins, allegravita; george hong, guta; negar hajikhani, sedo; ken hansen, zhongguo ventures, jq tang, 190.c0m

Moderator: Bill Sweetman

 

Online Security: Protecting and Recovering Your Domains and Social Accounts

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

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. [Stay to the end for a book giveaway!]

james morfopoulos, ocean.net; karen bernstein, bernstein law; stevan lieberman, ap legal; david weslow, wiley rein llp

Moderator: Derek Newman

 

Founder of the Grid: Candid War Stories from the Horizon Between Engineering & Design

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

Dan Tocchini shares how The Grid is tackling the impossible with machine intelligence and how his startup shattered the software crowdfunding record.

dan tocchini, the grid

Presented by Uniregistry

 

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Head to Head: Comparing Domain Registrars

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

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

Salar Salahshoor, uniregistry; richard merdinger, godaddy; Nicholas Steinbach, name.com; marco hoffmaNn, internetx; dan schindler, donuts inc

Moderator: Bill Sweetman

 

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

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

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.

andrew hazen, amazing domains; ken nybeck, resume.com; bill karamouzis, teachme.com, monte cahn, rightofthedot

Moderator: Braden Pollock

 

Sales Using the 90/10 Rule

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

Learn how to sell domains like a pro using Jeff Gabriel's proven strategies and tactics that have made Uniregistry one of the most successful domain name sales organizations.

jeffrey m. gabriel, uniregistry

Presented by Uniregistry

 

Join Tony Woodruff and Holly Bishu to learn how your contributions help support WaterSchool, and why charitable action is a cornerstone of successful business practice.

TONY WOODRUFF AND HOLLY BISHU, WATERSCHOOL

Supporting Clean Water Initiatives With WaterSchool

Meet The Expert
WP Engine Room

 

The Google Chrome Effect: SSLs Will Radically Change Domains

Meet The Expert
Whoisology Room

In January 2017, Google and other browsers will begin flagging non-secure sites that accept passwords or payments with a security alert. We’ll share with you why this move has huge implications and how you can build trust with your customers and eliminate security risk for your organization.

ken stoddart, symantec

 

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Will Branded TLDs Impact the Marketplace in 2017 and Beyond?

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

In 2016 we saw the initial roll out of the strategies for many of the world’s largest companies using their .brand Top Level Domains. Why are these companies doing this and what is the value proposition in moving away from the well-known .com digital footprints? Is this just a fad or are we witnessing a change to domain name branding for the future?

Cole quinn, microsoft; matt serlin, markmonitor

Moderator: Jothan Frakes
Presented by the Domain Name Association

 

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

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

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

lisa box, wp engine; elaine pruis, donuts inc; amanda waltz, igloo.com; cybele negris, webnames 

Moderator: Derek Newman

 

 

Seeing is Believing:
A Live Demo with Molly, the First AI Web Designer

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

She’s young, a little quirky, and continually evolving. 24/7, she’s experimenting and learning what works and what doesn’t. Watch her creative juices flow while whipping out custom designs in minutes.

mark edwards, the grid

Presented by Uniregistry

 

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Dollars and Sense of .net

Keynote
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

Join Verisign for this not-to-be-missed keynote address with Scott Schnell, SVP Global Marketing and Channel Management. 

*Please note that Scott Schnell is replacing Pat Kane for this session.

Scott Schnell, verisign

 

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Games Tournament

Exhibit Hall

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.

 

MMX Partnership Happy Hour

Uniregistry Keynote Hall

Come meet the thoroughly refreshed MMX (formerly known as Minds + Machines). Enjoy good drinks, raffle prizes, fun swag and new partnerships!

 

4:30pm - 5:30pm

WaterWalk Challenge

Exhibit Hall

Teams of two can enter the race upon making a donation to WaterSchool, and will form a relay team to compete in heats with the goal of making the finals. Challenge other companies to match your donation to support WaterSchool, or just come watch the race! Those who donate will receive a VIP wristband for entry to the WaterNight Gala.

The winning team will share the grand prize, a $350 Amazon gift card courtesy of MMX, while the "runners up" each get a free pass to NamesCon 2018.

 

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Women in Domaining Dinner

Partagas 2

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!

 

9:00pm - 2:00am

WaterNight Charity Gala

Havana Club at the Tropicana Hotel

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.