NamesCon Global has grown over the years to become the
largest annual domain-industry conference. It’s gone from being a domain investor-centric
gathering to an event for everything domain-related, from channel providers and
software vendors to domain investors and end-customers. And now as part of that
growth they’ve moved to crowdsourcing for submissions for some of their
sessions for this year’s theme: 360 Degrees Around the Dot.
The move from Las Vegas is also a reinvention of sorts: they’re
going to Austin to establish the Domain Economic Forum,
taking a broader and deeper look at the ecosystem in which we work and strive
NamesCon is not looking for pitches of specific products or
solutions but rather they want to see an industry overview, surfacing potential
large-scale opportunities over the next decade. Successful submissions will
round out the current programme.
NamesCon explain they’re looking for submissions in the
following three clusters:
Quantifying the Domain Ecosystem
What is the true size of the domain industry? They explain
that several parts of the ecosystem are not quantified—at least not yet. In
particular we’re thinking of the secondary domain market: the opacity here is
due to the fact that, for several reasons, most secondary-market transactions
are not reported.
They’re seeking session ideas that will help a broader
audience to understand the size and scope of the domain industry as a whole,
and specifically in the secondary market—and the opportunities that lie within.
Big-Picture Market Opportunities
They want to dig more deeply into liquid domains as digital
assets or a store of value, such as long-tail registrations for brand
protection. They also want to explore the future of identity management, as
well as next-generation DNS services as a driver for the domain industry: Right
now, email and websites are based on domains, but what comes next?
The Buyer’s Perspective
NamesCon want as many buyers as possible at the Domain
Economic Forum, and this means a diversity of needs and use cases. They’re
looking for buyers from various backgrounds and industries to talk about the
experience buying domains from investors; as well as how they approach brand
protection. They want to learn more about real-life buying behaviour,
budgeting, and other factors that make or break a deal.
To submit session ideas click here.