Launched last year, the conference cofounded by industry veterans Richard Lau and Jothan Frakes has already become one of the biggest non-ICANN domain-related events around. “We’re at over 900 attendees going into tomorrow’s opening day,” Frakes told Milathan today. “The expansion of the namespace through the new gTLD program is generating strong interest. We’ve even got people attending Namescon as a follow-up to last week’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) which was held here in Vegas!”
Domain investors and developers often intersect with the policy-makers because they are on the receiving end of rules that may appear needlessly complicated or burdensome. If ICANN was Capitol Hill, Namescon would be like your local town hall. This is where domain ownership gets real.
As proof that no, the domain world isn’t all about politics, over the next 4 days, Namescon will be all about learning and understanding how to actually make money through domain name ownership. Far from the policy development environment ICANN insiders are used to, there’s a whole ecosystem out there focussed on actually using the domain names they register.
Namescon 2015 has around 150 speakers, panelists and moderators presenting sessions from Chinese domains to what to do if you’re getting sued over a domain you own!
See the full Namescon schedule here, including a domain auction on Tuesday.