Entries in domain conferences (7)


DomainFest is Happening After All

When NamesCon was announced for the late January timeframe they took the time slot that DomainFest had used for the past few years.  DomainSponsor had not announced anything for 2014, after changing the name of their conference to "WebFest Global" in 2013.  DomainFest returns to Hollywood March 31st - April 2nd this year, and the early bird price of $695 expires on February 14th.  After that you will pay $995 (or $1495 at the door).  

DomainFest is now the mid-priced domain conference.  It is more expensive than NamesCon - but cheaper than TRAFFIC.  Unlike NamesCon - it appears that they will serve food!  This undoubtedly accounts for some of the extra expense.  Their "very special headlining event" is still "coming soon" as I write this.  Last year at WebfestGlobal the speaker was Kim Kardashian.  

While DomainFest is sponsored by a single domain monetization company, they have treated other companies fairly at their conferences and invited others to participate on a basically level playing field.  I can't help but wonder if their late announcement and date change will hurt attendance.  Almost 600 people attended NamesCon.  While this number is small by many standards - Affiliate Summit down the street had 10 times as many attendees - it is probably the largest turnout for a domain conference in 2014.  

If you are in the mood for a domain conference next month you can save $300 by signing up by Valentine's Day. 


Development to be Showcased at T.R.A.F.F.I.C.

I'm getting tired of just writing more about how parking income is flat and development is too difficult to do on a large scale.  I'm still bullish on WhyPark, Epik, and SmartName as companies who offer scalable development options that are almost as simple as parking.   If you are attending T.R.A.F.F.I.C. in Miami Beach later in October you can hear a panel discussion of the issues involved in developing for today's markets.  The agenda lists the program as: 

Where the Hell are our Developing Partners?
Isn't time to think a little bigger?
A little more long term?
An all out informal and frank discussion of what we have done right, what we have done wrong and where to in the future as folks diversify into other avenues and parts of the Internet.

- Ted Olson Manager Smartname.com
- Rob Monster Epic.com [sic]
- Craig Rowe WhyPark.com
- David Castello
- Michael Castello
- Dan Warner DomainAdvertising.com

The price is pretty steep though, almost $2000 just for registration.  The rooms are steep too - but Owen Frager can get you a room for $60, so no excuses there.  (I'm skipping it, though.)


DOMAINfest Global Registration Opens

DomainSponsor's parent company Oversee.net continues to offer versions of DOMAINfest in different cities. From October 1-3 the event will be in Prague.  Meanwhile registration has opened for DOMAINfest Global February 1-4 2011 at the  Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows on the Pacific Ocean at of Santa Monica, California. Register this month to save $200-$400 off later prices.  
  • Early Bird Discounted Rate: $995 through 30-Sep-10
  • Discounted Rate: $1,195 from 1-Oct through 31-Dec-10
  • Standard Conference Rate: $1,295 from 1-Jan through 30-Jan-11
  • Late Registration Rate: $1,395 from 31-Jan through 3-Feb-1

DOMAINfest is generally regarded as the best of the current domain conferences.  These rates are $100 more than last year, but still worth it.  I attended in 2009 and was blown away by the content and by the entertainment.  If you are sure you'll attend you should sign up this month. 


Sedo announces World Tour

SedoPro announced this week some new get-togethers for their SedoPro members,  In the past SedoPro held annual "Partner Forums" in resort locations.  Their new strategy seems to include multiple shorter events, the first coming up in late August at Sedo's U.S. headquarter's in Boston.

Boston - August 31 - September 1

Seoul, Korea  - September 10 - 11

Tuscany, Italy - October 7 - 8

London - November (dates to be announced)

Cologne, Germany - February 2011

More information is available at www.sedoproworldtour.com/en/


Epik plans a Monster Conference

The Edgewater Hotel
I could have just as easily said that Monster plans an Epik conference.  Venture Capitalist and Internet entrepreneur Rob Monster is working to build a platform that supplants domain parking.  

His Epik platform primarily uses tools from EvoLanding to create a semantic web of sites that feed traffic into one another.  He recently announced the first Epic Developer's Conference.  The early bird registration for the event is just $595 and ends on July 15.  The event itself takes place in Seattle September 15th - 17th at the Edgewater Waterfront Hotel.    

For more information visit their site at the Epik blog.