NamesCon Global 2018 Agenda

Watch for our mobile app release on January 12, 2018, which will allow you to manage your schedule, access speaker, moderator and sponsor profiles, and connect with other attendees. App download information will be emailed to all registered attendees.

Agenda is subject to change.

Saturday, January 27th


12:00pm - 6:00pm

Registration and Name Badge Pick Up

Convention Center Foyer

Take advantage of early name badge pick up so you can skip the line on Sunday and head straight into the Tool Talks, workshops, and networking!

Registration partner: Escrow.com

 

Sunday, January 28th


9:00am - 8:00pm

Registration and Name Badge Pick Up

Convention Center Foyer

Collect your name badge for entry to NamesCon - no paper confirmations are required, just your name and/or the e-mail address you used to register.

Registration partner: Escrow.com

 

11:00am - 11:45am

Welcome to NamesCon

.GLOBAL Breakout Stage

This session kicks off a day of content tailored for those attendees who are new to the NamesCon experience. We'll talk about what to expect from the week ahead, jump-start your networking with a few icebreakers, explain how to use the conference app, and more.

Soeren von varchmin, NamesCon & Worldhostingdays

 

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Tool Talks

.GLOBAL Breakout Stage

Today only! Join us at the breakout stage for an afternoon of fast-paced tool demos, taking place in 20-minute increments. Come and learn which products, services and techniques can improve your business.

detailed tool talk agenda coming soon

 

ICA Business Hub

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

 

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Develop a Domain and Sell a Business

Workshop
.Asia Space

A domain's value can grow exponentially once it's developed, ranking on Google, getting traffic, and creating revenue. Learn how to develop and market your domains effectively and efficiently – from choosing the right CMS, to SEO tricks, and winning with paid advertising.

Alex Melen, Smartsites

 

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.

 

Executive Q&A

Comodo CA VIP Lounge

For NamesCon VIP pass holders: Enjoy a complimentary lunch buffet while taking part in an intimate Q&A with NamesCon's founder, Richard Lau.

richard Lau, ocean.net

Moderator: Braden Pollock

 

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Use Your Blog to Connect with Industry Influencers

Workshop
.Asia Space

How to use social media and a simple personal blog to ignite your personal brand and network.

Matt holmes, handshakin.com

 

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Domain Auctions and Brokerage: A Path to Monetizing Your Domains 

Workshop
.Asia Space

The perfect primer to the live NamesCon Domain Auction on Tuesday afternoon! Join our auction partners to learn the ins and outs of how to select your best names for submission, how to appraise names, and insider tips on how to take part during the live auction event. 

monte cahn, rightofthedot; jonathan tenenbaum, namejet

 

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Growth And Market Expansion: Leveraging The DNA

Workshop
.Asia Space

Learn all about The Domain Name Association, including the benefits of membership and participation in this dynamic organization.

Jothan Frakes, The Domain Name Association  

This session brought to you by The DNA.

 

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Women In Domaining Dinner

Robert Irvine Public House

Join us at the new Robert Irvine Public House off the Tropicana casino for great conversation, wine, and dinner. Thanks to our generous event sponsors, this event is free but RSVPs are requested as space is limited.

RSVP now.

 

6:00pm - 7:00pm

VIP Champagne Lounge

Comodo CA VIP Lounge

NamesCon VIP pass holders can enjoy a festive kick-off to the conference with complimentary bubbly and fantastic networking. Join us immediately afterwards for the Opening Reception, accessible directly from the VIP Lounge so you can enter the next party in style.

 

 

7:00pm - 11:00pm

.GLOBAL Opening Reception

.com | .net Keynote Hall

Celebrate opening day of NamesCon Global 2018 with live music, cocktails, and networking in a casual atmosphere. Don't forget to wear your name badge for entry!

 

Monday, January 29th


 

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 round table meetings or a quiet place to set up and work, the ICA Business Hub is open to all attendees.

 

10:00am - 10:45am

Building a Band Brand Using Social Media

Keynote
.com | .net Keynote Hall

In this session, Andrew Alleman will discuss social media and marketing strategies with David Ellefson, Grammy Award-winning Megadeth bassist and co-founder. Ellefson is also the author of several books, including the autobiography "My Life With Deth" (Simon & Schuster) and music business how-to book "Making Music Your Business...A Guide For Young Musicians" (Hal Leonard). Finally, he is the owner of EMP Label Group/Combat Records and coffee company Ellefson Coffee Co.

David Ellefson, Megadeth

 

11:00am - 6:00pm

Exhibition Hall

Visit 40+ exhibitors in our busy exhibit hall. 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

Using Survival Psychology to Build a Resilient Brand 

Session
.com | .net Keynote Hall

What do Hillary Clinton, Blockbuster, and survivors of a plane crash all have in common? The world has fundamentally changed. New principles are required for success. Following 10 years of proprietary research, Jonathan provides a how-to guide for navigating uncertain times by correlating survival psychology with modern business, teaching us how to adapt and embrace change.

Jonathan David Lewis, McKee Wallwork + Co.

 

Domain Security 101

Panel
.GLOBAL Breakout Stage

Domain security threats continue to evolve and challenge businesses of all sizes. There are steps domain owners can take to better secure their domain name assets and websites. Hear from MarkMonitor, Public Interest Registry, and DigiCert Inc. as they discuss measures domain owners can implement to help protect their valuable domain assets.

Sherry Hildebrand, MarkMonitor; Brian Cute, Public Interest Registry; Ryan White, Digicert

Moderator: Stu Homan

This session brought to you by MarkMonitor

 

Data Mining for Revenue with Registries and Registrars

Workshop
.Asia Space

There are many opportunities for both registrars and registries to generate additional revenue from more than just selling domain names. Discover how your organisation can unlock hidden value from data that is readily accessible to you. If you are running a registrar or registry then this session is a must-attend event for your business.

Michael Gilmour, ParkLogic

 

12:00pm - 12:45pm

DNS, Digital Identity, Blockchain and Smart GeoFences  

Fireside Chat
.com | .net Keynote Hall

Tim Favia, SVP Corporate Development at Donuts will chat with Justin Newton, Founder & CEO of Netki, and Sean Eilers, co-founder and CEO of Geo.Network. Netki is leveraging the DNS for Blockchain identity; Geo.Network leverages the DNS to deliver smart geofences. The three will discuss Donuts.ventures investments in DNS innovation, how Netki's Digital ID and Wallet Names make blockchains safe and compliant for a broad range of business and personal use cases, and how GeoNetwork's platform of smart geofences is able to pinpoint any location on Earth, down to a square centimeter. 

Tim Favia, Donuts; Justin Newton, Netki; SEAN EILERS, GEONETWORK

 

nTLD Case Studies: Rising Above the Noise

Panel
.GLOBAL Breakout Stage

Panelists will discuss examples of successful new TLDs, and how to effectively brand and position your TLD to survive in the crowded domain marketplace.

Karn Jajoo, RADIX; JENNIFER MOLINA, .LUXURY; TREVOR BOWDEN, .ECO; CHRISTA TAYLOR, dotTBA; Toby Hall, MMX 

Moderator: Bill Sweetman

 

Building Brand Loyalty In the Age Of A Promiscuous Customer

Workshop
.Asia Space

Your customer is loyal to their need in the moment and no longer to brand by default. You must build a business model for a promiscuous customer and create complete organizational alignment around your customer as the center of business decision making and investments. Friction is pain. Time is the asset. Experience, trust, and attention are the currencies that giveth and taketh marketshare away. 

Chris snook, Launch Haus

 

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.

 

Executive Q&A

Comodo CA VIP Lounge

 

For NamesCon VIP pass holders: Enjoy a complimentary lunch buffet while taking part in an intimate Q&A with Jonathan David Lewis, Partner and Strategy Director at McKee Wallwork + Company.

Jonathan David Lewis, McKee Wallwork + Co.

Moderator: Braden Pollock

 

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Ice Cream, Roller Skates, and Gen Z

Session
.com | .net Keynote Hall

Traditionally, websites have kept static homepages or blogrolls across all audiences. Now, Millennials and Gen Z want their habits to be anticipated, with each experience better than the last. This session will use new research from WP Engine & the Center for Generational Kinetics to illustrate how brands need to evolve if they want to survive in today's competitive market.

lisa box, wp engine

 

Easily Putting Your Domain to Work Using Domain Connect 

Panel
.GLOBAL Breakout Stage

Domain Connect is a new open standard, making it easy for consumers to configure a domain’s DNS to work with services enabled through different providers. The standard is already supported by many major services and registrars, and is rapidly growing. This panel will provide an opportunity to learn about the protocol, hear from the several of the service providers and DNS providers about their experiences, and learn what it takes to get involved.

Ben Bowen, GoDaddy; Del Putnam, Automattic; Florentin Stafie, microsoft 365; James Magnarelli, HubSpot

Moderator: Bill Sweetman

This session brought to you by Domain Connect.

 

How to Crowdsource Your Next Domain Name

Workshop
.Asia Space

In this workshop, you will discover how to effectively leverage crowdsourcing to develop a great name for your brand or business. You will learn all about Namestorming and how to tap into the collective creativity of the "crowd" to build a perfect name that is unique and memorable. 

darpan Munjal, Squadhelp

 

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Payment Automation in a Rapidly Evolving Marketplace

Session
.com | .net Keynote Hall

Controlling a deal involves handling advertising, negotiation and closing, all under your own roof. Jackson's keynote address will show you how the best in the industry build their own payment platforms in order to close more deals faster, with real life examples and tastes of what's in use today and what's coming in the future.

Jackson elsegood, escrow.com

 

 

Navigating the World of geoTLDs

Panel
.GLOBAL Breakout Stage

Geographic TLDs in the form of city, region or country-specific codes are well established, but often misunderstood. Our panel discusses the benefits and downsides of investing in geoTLDs, and assesses the market and viability of these types of domain names.

Dirk Krischenowski, .BERLIN; Alfredo Pinochet, LatinTLD; Stuart Fuller, CentralNic; Rick Silver, n49; Solomon Amoako, MMX

Moderator: Bill Sweetman

 

How Do You Move From Domainer to Cryptopunk?

Workshop
.Asia Space

There are many parallels between the world of Domaining and the Blockchain and Crypto worlds. This interactive workshop will explore ways to make the transition, applying the hard-won lessons of the domain industry towards these new opportunities. 

Chris Jensen and John Lyotier, Rightmesh

 

 

4:00pm - 4:45pm

What the Blockchain?

Keynote
.com | .net Keynote Hall

Attendees can look forward to demystifying what blockchain is. There is lots of hype, some well-intentioned and otherwise, that prevents people from grasping what blockchain really is and what decentralization can do for them.

Haseeb Rabbani, Blockgeeks

 

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Startup Alley

Exhibition Hall

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

 

6:30pm - 10:30pm

WaterNight Charity Gala
and Dinner

Havana Club at the Tropicana

Every year, the NamesCon community gathers for WaterNight – a gala extravaganza where 100% of the proceeds go towards bringing clean water as well as hygiene and sanitation training to families in rural Uganda through WaterSchool.

This year, join us for a red carpet evening of fine dining, silent auctions with fabulous prizes, live music, and celebrity magician Justin Willman! Help us continue the WaterNight tradition of giving back – in a whole new way.

"Las Vegas Glam" attire encouraged.  

RSVP NOW!

 

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

Keynote
.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

Session
.com | .net Keynote Hall

Session description coming soon.

Paul Nicks, Godaddy

This session is brought to you by GoDaddy.

 

UDRP Reform and the Worst Decisions of 2017

Panel
.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

Workshop
.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

Session
.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

Panel
.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.

TONY KIM, HEXONET; MARGOT BUSHNAQ, BRANDBUCKET; Joe Alagna, Afilias

Moderator: Derek Newman

 

Blockchain Domain Names: Hands-On

Workshop
.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, JEN SALE AND Sharjil Saleem

 

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Mastering Aftermarket Appraisals

Panel
.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

The Foundation Room, Mandalay Place

RSVP NOW                        

 

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!

 

Wednesday, January 31st


10:00am - 4:00pm

Information Desk

Convention Center Foyer

 

Visit the NamesCon Information desk for registration, wayfinding, or any other questions you may have for our friendly staff! Shipping assistance may be coordinated at the FedEx Centre.

Registration partner: Escrow.com

 

9:00am - 2:00pm

ICA Business Hub

 

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

 

11:00am - 2:00pm

Exhibit Hall

 

Join us for a final day in the bustling Exhibit Hall - check in with any exhibitors you haven't had a chance to meet, challenge colleagues to one of the games, or have that final meeting in one of the lounges.

 

11:00am - 12:45pm

Closing Keynote Roundtable

Keynote
.com | .net Keynote Hall

 

Close out the conference on a high note! Get your fill with a continental brunch and inspiration before you head off to your next adventure. 

Sandeep Ramchandani, Radix; Steve Heflin, Afilias; Vaughn Liley, Uniregistry; RICHARD MERDINGER, GoDaddY; Rob Monster, DigitalTown

Moderator: Derek Newman

 

2:00pm - 5:00pm

NamesCon Unconference

.com | .net Keynote Hall

 

What's an Unconference? It's pretty simple: We provide the forum and the moderator, but you decide the content. We'll be following the World Café method, where each table in the keynote hall will be dedicated to a certain topic, as decided upon by Unconference attendees. Did we miss any topics that you feel need discussing before NamesCon Global closes? Or want to carry on the conversation about something you discovered during one of the sessions? Here's your chance! 

Moderator: Bill Sweetman