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Venue

Tropicana Las Vegas 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas , Nevada 89109
Tel: (702) 739-2222
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NamesCon

Attendees

1,300

Exhibitors

47

Overview

Event Overview:

Since its founding in 2013, NamesCon’s flagship event in Las Vegas has grown to be the largest and most anticipated domain industry event of the year. And no wonder … our 2017 conference drew nearly 1300 delegates from around the world to focus their energies on this dynamic industry. With the explosive growth of new TLDs and rapid expansion of internet connectivity worldwide, the domain industry promises to remain one of the most energized and important markets in technology.

NamesCon was acquired by WorldHostingDays in 2016 so that both organizations could benefit from the synergies between the domain, hosting and cloud industries. Our teams now jointly produce more than ten industry events internationally each year, from blockbuster global shows to highly focused regional events and invite-only CXO retreats.

Why NamesCon?

NamesCon's mandate is to connect the dots – amongst people, between companies, and across industries. We don't succeed unless you do. Our commitment to deliver quality, impactful events for our partners and guests has given NamesCon a reputation for being the best place to bring people in the domain business together.

Attendees and exhibitors have the opportunity to partake in a wide range of activities – from small expert-led conversations to moderated panel discussions; fireside chats with industry leaders to keynote talks with renowned speakers. 

In the evenings we host a variety of opportunities to network and let loose with games, dinners, and entertainment provided by DJs and live performers. Notable highlights include our Opening Reception; an exciting live Domain Auction; and the WaterNight Gala – a red-carpet affair to benefit the WaterSchool charity. 

Our attendees come from many different countries, and while they all share an interest in domaining, they work in a wide variety of industries. We at NamesCon believe in fostering diversity in the workplace, with a particular focus on the domain name industry. We continually strive to reflect this ethos in our conference programming and outreach activities. 

With a varied cross-section of attendees and an exhibition floor that functions as the “town hall” hub of our entire conference, your presence at NamesCon is sure to generate strong leads for your business. We’ll even provide a free lead retrieval tool for our exhibitors to help you achieve your ROI goals. 

Agenda

Jan 27   

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

Jan 28   

8:00am - 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

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

Business Hub

For impromptu round table meetings or a quiet place to set up and work, the 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

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, 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

VIP Lounge

NamesCon VIP pass holders can enjoy a festive kick-off to the conference with complimentary bubbly and fantastic networking. Join us immediately after 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!

Jan 29   

8:00am - 6:00pm

Visit the NamesCon information desk for registration, wayfinding, and any other questions you may have for our friendly staff!

Registration partner: Escrow.com

Information Desk

Convention Center Foyer

9:00am - 6:00pm

Business Hub

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

10:00am - 10:45am

Keynote 1

Keynote
.com | .net Keynote Hall

Keynote announcements will begin weekly on December 2, 2017.

SPEAKER TBA

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 and Public Interest Registry as they discuss measures domain owners can implement to help protect their valuable domain assets

SPEAKERS TBA

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 and Blockchain: Ensuring Compliance and Risk Management   

Fireside Chat
.com | .net Keynote Hall

Tim Favia, SVP Corporate Development at Donuts will chat with Justin Newton, Founder & CEO of Netki, regarding Netki's novel leverage of the DNS for Blockchain identity. The two will discuss Donuts.Ventures and its investments in DNS innovation, as well as how Netki's Digital ID and Wallet Names make blockchains safe and compliant for a broad range of business and personal use cases.

TIM FAVIA, DONUTS; JUSTIN NEWTON, NETKI

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

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 how you put your customer in 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

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.

Lunch Break

Executive Q&A

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 domainconnect.org

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

The Effects of Cryptocurrency on Domain Trading

Session
.com | .net Keynote Hall

Session description coming soon.

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

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 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.

6:30pm - 10:30pm

WaterNight Charity Gala

Havana Club at the Tropicana

Every year, the NamesCon community gathers for WaterNight - a gala extravaganza where 100% of the proceeds are used to bring 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" wardrobe encouraged.  

RSVP NOW!

Jan 30   

8:00am - 6:00pm

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

Registration partner: Escrow.com

Information Desk

Convention Center Foyer

9:00am - 6:00pm

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

Business Hub

10:00am - 10:45am

Keynote 3

Keynote
.com | .net Keynote Hall

Keynotes will be announced weekly beginning December 2, 2017.

SPEAKER TBA

 

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.

Top 5 Priorities the ICA Should Set for the Upcoming UDRP Reform

Panel
.GLOBAL Breakout Stage

Learn about innovative name search technologies that can help you explore creative (and available) name possibilities for both your business and its partner domain name.

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.

To Be Announced

Workshop
.Asia Space

Session description coming soon.

SPEAKERS TBA

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

 

To Be Announced

Panel
.GLOBAL Breakout Stage

To be announced.

SPEAKERS TBA

 

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

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.

Lunch Break

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

VIP Lounge

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Turning Up The Heat on Record Domain Sales

Fireside Chat
.com | .net Keynote Hall

Richard Lau sits down with leading brokers Andrew Rosener and Sharjil Saleem to discuss the hottest domain name sales of late, and how they were involved.

RICHARD LAU WITH DREW ROSENER 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 Domain Awards

.com | .net Keynote Hall

Details coming soon.

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.

PRE-BIDDING AND EXTENDED AUCTION

9:00pm - 1:00am

Join us for a night of cocktails and networking in the ultra-exclusive Ling Ling Lounge, just across the walkway at the MGM Grand Casino.

Keep your clothes smart and casual. Drinks are on us! 

Closing Party

Ling Ling Lounge, Hakkasan Nightclub

Jan 31   

10:00am - 4:00pm

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

Information Desk

Convention Center Foyer

9:00am - 2:00pm

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

Business Hub

11:00am - 2:00pm

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.

Exhibit Hall

11:00am - 12:45pm

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

SPEAKERS TBA

Roundtable Keynote Brunch

Keynote
.com | .net Keynote Hall

2:00pm - 5:00pm

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

NamesCon Unconference

.com | .net Keynote Hall

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