NamesCon Global 2022

NamesCon Global

Aug 31 - Sept 3, 2022, Austin, TX

NamesCon Global returns in Autumn 2021. Get ready for a hybrid (live/online) event as we bring the domaining industry together in North America—we hope that most of you will be able to join us in person. We will keep you updated, so please stay in touch through social media and the NamesCon newsletter.

1,000+

Participants

600+

Investors

70+

Nationalities

30+

Expert Sessions

4

Days

High-Level Description

NamesCon brings you rich and actionable insights into the complex world of digital assets, featuring domain names, NFTs, and emerging elements of the new economy—so you can find and act upon new opportunities. NamesCon Global is our flagship event, bringing together the people who build and grow the domain-name industry. This is the place to build the strong relationships and strategic partnerships that drive this person-to-person business.

As Web3—the decentralized internet—becomes a reality, domain name investors are uniquely poised to capitalize on emerging digital assets and ownership models as well, so we make sure our attendees are exposed to the trends that are real, profitable, and growing.

Join us in Austin and engage with the forces that shape the domain-name economy and beyond—from governing and managing bodies to channels and service providers; from strategic investors to the end customer.

What is NamesCon?

NamesCon Global brings together the domain investors and service providers who build and grow the digital asset industry—from domain names to NFTs and more. Partner with us to find new customers and build the relationships that drive this person-to-person business.

Keynotes

Insights and inspiration from industry heavyweights and global thought leaders.

Panel

Deep discussions on pressing topics in the industry with a diverse group of experts.

Workshops

Interactive session with actionable outcomes

Face to Face

Networking as it's meant to be: bond with your peers at social activities and parties to close deals and form new partnerships.

Auction

Grab once-in-a-lifetime premium names at this domain industry cornerstone.

Exhibition

Meet your most motivated customers face to face in a high-energy environment.

Who You'll Meet At NamesCon Global

Governing bodies

Registries

Registrars

Service Providers

Brokers

IP lawyers & brand protection

Investors

Brands & Startups

Agenda at a Glance: The Big Picture

As the world of digital assets evolves, domain name investors must evolve as well. NamesCon Global 2022 will deliver the must-know elements of domaining and digital asset investment for industry veterans and newcomers alike.

This will include fundamentals such as domain name valuation and monetization, the dynamics of brokerage, and nTLD trends—as well as the skillset you’ll need for tomorrow: domaining on the blockchain, forward-thinking investment in NFTs, and working with lucrative namespaces subject to enhanced regulation.

At NamesCon Global, you’ll connect with the people, tools, and resources to level up your investing career and master your digital assets.

4 Days, 4 Themes

Skills to Pay the Bills will feature interviews with leading experts, as well as industry updates from senior regulators and trend-setting brokers, investors, and service providers. 

Make Power Moves is all about valuation of domain names and NFTs—and putting that knowledge to work during a high-octane digital asset auction where you can upsize your portfolio with once-in-a-lifetime names and NFTs.

Digital Assets of Tomorrow explores the future of names through lenses you may not expect: adult names, metaverse names, blockchain-based domaining, and more.

FunDay is fully dedicated to conversation, collaboration, and celebration as the NamesCon community takes over Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden for a full day of eating, drinking, and great conversation at one of Austin’s hottest dining destinations. You can bring a Plus-One, too!

4 Days, 4 Themes

Skills to Pay the Bills will feature interviews with leading experts, as well as industry updates from senior regulators and trend-setting brokers, investors, and service providers. 

Make Power Moves is all about valuation of domain names and NFTs—and putting that knowledge to work during a high-octane digital asset auction where you can upsize your portfolio with once-in-a-lifetime names and NFTs.

Digital Assets of Tomorrow explores the future of names through lenses you may not expect: adult names, metaverse names, blockchain-based domaining, and more.

FunDay is fully dedicated to conversation, collaboration, and celebration as the NamesCon community takes over Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden for a full day of eating, drinking, and great conversation at one of Austin’s hottest dining destinations. You can bring a Plus-One, too!

Does your expertise match one of these themes?

Agenda At A Glance

As the world of digital assets evolves, domain name investors must evolve as well. NamesCon Global 2022 will deliver the must-know elements of domaining and digital asset investment for industry veterans and newcomers alike.

This will include fundamentals such as domain name valuation and monetization, the dynamics of brokerage, and nTLD trends—as well as the skillset you’ll need for tomorrow: domaining on the blockchain, forward-thinking investment in NFTs, and working with lucrative namespaces subject to enhanced regulation.

At NamesCon Global, you’ll connect with the people, tools, and resources to level up your investing career and master your digital assets.

Tuesday

Aug 30

Pre-Event

12:00 PMRegistration Desk Opens
Wednesday

Aug 31

Main Event

9:00 AMRegistration Desk Opens
10:00 AMMorning Sessions
12:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMAfternoon Sessions
2:00 PMExhibit Hall Opens
6:00 PMSessions End
6:00 PMExhibit Hall Closes
6:00 PMOpening Reception
Thursday

Sept 1

Main Event

9:00 AMRegistration Desk Opens
9:30 AMExhibit Hall Opens
10:00 AMMorning Sessions
12:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMAuction Pre-Game
3:00 PMLive Domain Auction
6:00 PMExhibit Hall Closes
Friday

Sept 2

Main Event

9:00 AMRegistration Desk Opens
9:30 AMExhibit Hall Opens
10:00 AMMorning Sessions
12:30 PMLunch Break
2:30 PMAfternoon Sessions
4:00 PMSessions End
4:00 PMAfter Work Drinks
6:00 PMExhibit Hall Closes
6:00 PMWomen in Domaining
Saturday

Sept 3

Main Event

10:00 AMFunDay
Grill Heated, Drinks Chilled
at Banger’s
5:00 PMFunDay Ends
»While I always enjoy NamesCon—and the lineup and programming this year is especially intriguing—I’m especially looking forward to seeing my friends and colleagues in PERSON this year.«
Kate Buckley, CEO at Buckley Media

Domain Auction

You won’t want to miss our live Domain Auction on Thursday, January 30, from 5:30-9pm Central Time in Austin, Texas. A cornerstone of NamesCon, this is where you put your heart, nerve, and industry knowledge on the line for some seriously high stakes. Last year’s domain auction was the biggest in NamesCon history, with OL.COM selling for $900,000 on the floor. That evening, LEADS.COM sold for $435,000. It wasn’t just a night for high-dollar names: several four-letter .COMs sold for under $800 to eagle-eyed investors.

Everything you know about the domain industry comes into play when you bid for a name, as you test your nerves against your peers in the room as well as investors around the world on the internet.

Our friends at RightOfTheDot are bringing this live auction to the industry for the fifth year, this time on an updated platform provided by our partners at GoDaddyYou must get verified to bid on items over $2500, so start here—hit the button below to register as a bidder.

Domain Auction

NamesCon Global | Event Passes

NamesCon has the most competitive ticketing prices around for investors, brokers, and domaining entrepreneurs. We also have a pass tier for registries and marketplace operators, so their teams can get up close and personal with their most important customer base.

These different attendee types bring complementary dynamics to the event, while also protecting the NamesCon community from getting overwhelmed by swarms of less-serious service providers. Meanwhile, the lower price for attendees and brokers expands the audience base for channels to find new customers and partners. Together, these ticket types help deliver a top-notch conference experience for everyone involved.

ONLY for individual domainers, brokers, and entrepreneurs

Standard Pass

$999 Value

Springtime Special

$499 ex VAT & Fees

valid until June 3, 2022

Your Pass includes

  • Access to all sessions, keynotes and panels
  • Access to the Exhibition Area
  • Access to the live Domain Auction
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Access to all official networking events which include catering and bar offerings
  • Network with fellow investors, industry experts, and key industry players from around the globe

What we call the Standard Pass is a deeply-discounted ticket geared toward individual investors, brokers, and emerging entrepreneurs who make up the majority of our attendee base.

For individuals who represent a registry or marketplace

Channel Pass

$1,499 Value

Springtime Special

$749 ex VAT & Fees

valid until June 3, 2022

Your Pass includes

  • Access to all sessions, keynotes and panels
  • Access to the Exhibition Area
  • Access to the live Domain Auction
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Access to all official networking events which include catering and bar offerings
  • Network with fellow investors, industry experts, and key industry players from around the globe
  • Direct and up-close access to a highly motivated audience of digital asset investors

The Channel Pass is for professionals working in the registry, and marketplace spaces. For you as channels, NamesCon is primarily a sales opportunity, and the ticket type needs to reflect that. So If you’re representing a registry or marketplace, you must register for the Channel Pass.

Bring your spouse or bestie

Plus-One Pass for FunDay

$49 Value

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$49 ex VAT & Fees

valid until September 3, 2022

Your Pass includes

The Plus-One Pass gives access to our FunDay on Saturday, Sept 3 at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. 

This ticket includes catering and bar offerings. FunDay pass users must be registered with a unique email address and name, along with the NamesCon Global attendee they are accompanying. 

FunDay attendees will receive a wristband upon arriving at Bangers on Saturday.

Depending on how many team members you’re bringing and what kind of impact you want to make, you can dive into our Partnership Opportunities—these also include certain numbers of Channel Passes. Please reach out to our friendly sales team: sales@namescon.com

Omni Hotel Downtown

NamesCon is again taking over the Omni Hotel’s downtown Austin location as a hub for the world’s digital asset investors!
Our all programming and social events will take place onsite and very closely nearby. You’ll find yourself in the very heart of Austin—with a wide variety of food, nightlife, and additional hotel options within easy reach.

Rock Austin in style—stay at the Omni Hotel in the heart of the city! Discover sophisticated luxury with understated class at this urban oasis, including a rooftop pool under wide-open summer skies. Sounds good, right? Book your hotel room now for the special rate we secured for NamesCon attendees—it’s unbeatable for Austin! Our room block is limited, and will definitely sell out.

Join us in Austin

Creativity Unleashed
Austin is an artistic and musical city, which makes it perfect for sparking creative thought—and just rocking out!

Keeping it Hot
Austin is famous for its barbecue, even in Texas! Whatever your tastes, Austin’s diverse cuisine will leave you feeling satisfied.

The Highest Tech
Some of the brightest minds in the world seek out Austin’s culture of innovation to build and grow the internet’s most disruptive and game-changing companies. See how the domain industry meshes with the larger tech community.

Partner with NamesCon

Our new event location and structure brings exciting new partnership opportunities to create immersive experiences around your brand. Please contact the sales team for a first look what will be possible.





    For further information, please refer to the following link


    Selected Speakers And Panelists

    Aman Bhutani

    CEO

    GoDaddy

    Aman Bhutani

    CEO

    GoDaddy

     

    Paul Mockapetris

    Inventor of DNS and SMTP

    Paul Mockapetris

    Inventor of DNS and SMTP

    Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of the Domain Name System (DNS), is Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board at Nominum, Inc. His mission is to help guide DNS and IP addressing to the next stage. Paul created DNS in the 1980s at USC’s Information Sciences Institute, where he was later the Director of ISI’s High Performance Computing and Communications Division. Throughout his career, Paul has contributed to the computing research community and to the evolution of the Internet. His earliest work at UC Irvine on distributed systems and LAN technology preceded the commercial Ethernet and Token Ring designs. Paul was program manager for networking at ARPA in the early 1990s, supervising efforts such as gigabit and optical networking. From 1995 on, Paul held leadership roles at several Silicon Valley networking startups, including @Home, Software.com (now OpenWave), Fiberlane (now Cisco), and Siara (now Redback Networks). Paul’s mission at Nominum is to help guide DNS and IP addressing to the next stage. Paul has dual B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine

    Haseeb Tariq

    Former Marketing Automation

    Disney

    Haseeb Tariq

    Former Marketing Automation

    Disney

    A decade ago, 20-year-old Haseeb sold 9 Startups and 25+ premium domains to Fortune 500 companies. In 2017, he joined Guess HQ in Downtown LA leading Mobile Marketing. In 2019, he became Director, Marketing Automation at Disney, after working on multiples products including FX and Fox Sports at 21st Century Fox which makes up famous Disney+.
    Today, he's an adviser for multiple direct to consumer companies and writes for Forbes.

    Erin McKean

    Founder

    Wordnik

    Erin McKean

    Founder

    Wordnik

    Erin McKean is the founder of the not-for-profit Wordnik.com, the world’s biggest online dictionary. Before founding Wordnik, she was the editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press.Her goal is to make every word in the English language “lookupable” – including the 52% of unique English words that aren’t currently in any dictionary. Erin is the author of three Weird and Wonderful Words books, the best-selling novel The Secret Lives of Dresses, and (most recently) The Hundred Dresses, a field guide to dresses. She’s written regular columns for The Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal and her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, PAPER, Foreign Affairs, and Sew News. She’s served as an advisor to the American National Corpus, the journal American Speech, the Wikimedia Foundation, and serves on the KPCB Design Council, and is an honorary fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. She blogs at dressaday.com and tweets as @emckean. When you meet her, please tell her your favorite word.

    Bhavin Turakhia

    Founder & CEO

    Flock / Radix

    Bhavin Turakhia

    Founder & CEO

    Flock / Radix

    Bhavin Turakhia has been in the domain name industry for over 20 years, and has achieved success that most of us could only dream of. His is a fascinating story, starting out as a young person in India, and bootstrapping a small web hosting startup that he turned into a billion dollar empire. Bhavin is a problem solver, leader, and visionary with tremendous insights to share about leadership styles that work in the tech space, and how our industry can develop real business strategies that produce results. Turakhia joins us on the NamesCon stage to share vital insights and statistics on the ngTLD industry, followed by a fireside chat and Q&A, where we will learn how he achieved his successes, and we explore the lessons that companies in the domain space can take away from his experiences.

    Richard Lau

    Founder

    NamesCon, Resume.com & Logo.com

    Richard Lau

    Founder

    NamesCon, Resume.com & Logo.com

    Richard Lau is well known throughout the domain name industry having started the NamesCon conference, being involved in many registrars, and being an avid cheerleader of the WaterSchool charity. After founding NamesCon (now owned by WHD/GoDaddy), Richard has moved on to concentrate on developing out domain names such as Resume.com (now sold to Indeed), and more recently Logo.com, a powerful, automated logo generator.    

    Kate Buckley

    CEO

    Buckley Media

    Kate Buckley

    CEO

    Buckley Media

    Kate Buckley is the founder and CEO of Buckley Media, a premium domain and branding agency specializing in brokering and monetizing ultra-premium .COMs. Her background includes top ad agencies, as well as two decades with the Castello Brothers, branding and monetizing their portfolio of premium .COMs. Kate’ is also an award-winning poet and author—and the Poet Laureate Emerita of Laguna Beach, CA. A ninth-generation Kentuckian, she’s made her home in Southern California since 1998.

    Richard Merdinger

    VP Domains

    GoDaddy

    Richard Merdinger

    VP Domains

    GoDaddy

    Responsible for Domain industry engagement and domain strategy for GoDaddy.

    Akram Atallah

    CEO

    Donuts

    Akram Atallah

    CEO

    Donuts

    Akram Atallah is the CEO of Donuts Inc.

    Rolf Larsen

    Chairman

    RegistryOffice

    Rolf Larsen

    Chairman

    RegistryOffice

    Rolf is a disruptive innovator by trade and by practice and is a long-standing, recognized pioneer of Internet access, Domain name registrar and Web Hosting services in Europe and Scandinavia. He has founded multiple technology businesses in a multitude of innovative spaces, which include Web Conferencing, Web Hosting, Mobile Applications, ISPs and VoIP. Trained in Computer Science and Business Informatics, he has held roles for several major and publicly traded technology companies such as Telia Internet, the Internet group of the largest Swedish Telecoms company, as well as NetConnect Systems, a business he built from a handful of people to the dominant European web-conferencing business. Rolf has experience from more than 10 M&As and 2 IPOs with companies he founded. Rolf´s many startups are always timed to take advantage of a major technological and industrial shift. In 1998, he founded Active ISP, a pan European registrar that was the first of it´s kind to fully automate domain name registration and web hosting. RiksNett, the second ISP he built in 1995, became the largest competitive ISP to the Norwegian Telco incumbent. The Registry behind the new domain extension .global was founded by Rolf and a small experienced team. This new domain extension became one of the most successful new branding options online for businesses. Rolf is a veteran of the Internet domain space and is currently the Chairman and CEO of DNS Global and Desktop.com.

    Mac Nagaswami

    CEO

    Carvertise

    Mac Nagaswami

    CEO

    Carvertise

    Mac Nagaswami is the Co-Founder and CEO of Carvertise - an advertising company that specializes in the new media format of car advertising. Since founding the business as a student at the University of Delaware in 2014, Mac has grown Carvertise to become a multi-million dollar company with 150% year-over-year revenue growth. With a driver network of over 300,000 registered drivers across the USA, Carvertise has successfully launched 100’s of advertising campaigns across the country for brand partners such as Crayola, Sprint, Empire Today and Buffalo Wild Wings. Carvertise was named DIW's Startup of the Year and has been covered by major press outlets including Forbes and Inc Magazine.