June marks the return to a busy schedule for domainers.
DomainFest Barcelona kicks off on June 7-9th (agenda is below)
The Live Domain Auction will be held on June 8th at 4pm
ICANN previously stated that they would be voting on the new gTLD program on June 20th, but since ICANN made that announcement its San Francisco meeting there has been a lot of developments especially with the Government Advisory Council and the vote has now been downgraded by ICANN from certain to possible.
All and all should be a very interesting meeting in a exotic location far, far away.
We will be there and reporting on developments.
If your going to Singapore for ICANN you might want to check out the CommunicAsia-Singapore 2011 which will be held June21st-24th at the $6.6 billion dollar Marina Bay Sands.
Domain Names have not been announced yet.
The auction will feature domains in the following fields:
- Solar Energy
- Cellphone Technology
- Alternative Energy (wind, wave, thermal, water, other)
- Green (any domain with the adjective “green”)
- 3D – (all areas of 3D technology)
- Holo- (Holographs, Holograms, Holographics)
- Virtual – (manufactured reality, visual, audio)
If you have any event you thought should have been included you can add them to the calendar below.
Here is the DomainFest.com agenda:
|09:45 – 10:30||
Presentation – European Legal and Regulatory Issues
European domain investors need to understand and navigate through a variety of legal issues, regulatory actions and ICANN policies in order to protect their assets and manage their businesses. Our expert speaker will provide valuable insights in a brief, hard-hitting PowerPoint presentation highlighting the top issues. Q&A included.
|10:30 – 11:15||
Presentation – SEO Best Practices After Panda
Richard Baxter CEO, SEOgadget.co.uk
Richard is a frequent speaker at conferences, offering clear and concise tips on how to use website information architecture techniques to maximize search engine rankings. In this presentation, Richard will specifically discuss the impact of Google’s panda algorithm on SEO best practices. He will also share his thoughts on how the Yahoo/Bing partnership will impact users, advertisers and publishers in Europe in the near future. Q&A included.
|11:15 – 12:15||
Keynote – Dark Patterns: User Interfaces Designed to Trick People
Dr. Harry Brignull User Experience Designer, DarkPatterns.org
Normally when you think of “bad design”, you think of laziness or mistakes. These are known as design “anti-patterns”. “Dark Patterns” are different – they are not mistakes, they are carefully crafted with a solid understanding of human psychology, and they do not have the user’s interests in mind. Dr. Brignull will present and discuss several examples of websites that rely on different Dark Pattern techniques to increase conversions. You’ll be surprised at how many major brands use Dark Patterns. How can you increase conversions without resorting to Dark Patterns? Come find out. Q&A to follow.
|14:00 – 14:45||
Panel Discussion – TLD Update: Growth Trends and Investment Bets
Moderator: Lisa Box
Experts: Daniel Eisenhut, Ken Hansen, Frederick Schiwek, Tobias Wann
Four expert panelists will each be giving fast, hard-hitting 5 minute PowerPoint presentations highlighting their top 3 observations and predictions regarding ccTLDs and gTLDs. Everyone is looking for the next area of high growth. This panel discussion will help you decide where and when to invest, and just as importantly, where and when not to invest. Q&A will follow the PowerPoint presentations. Bring questions.
|14:45 – 15:30||
Panel Discussion – Mobile, Social and Affiliate Revenue Strategies
Moderator: Joerg Schnermann
Experts: Laurence Aderemi, Miguel Ochoa, Peter Glaeser
Are you getting maximum revenue out of your mobile traffic? How can social media be used to generate traffic that converts? What categories offer the most opportunities for converting parked domains into affiliate lead generation domains? Four expert panelists will each be giving fast, hard-hitting 5 minute PowerPoint presentations highlighting trends and techniques that can help you earn maximum revenue on your domain traffic. Q&A will follow the PowerPoint presentations. Bring questions.
|16:00 – 17:30||Moniker Live Premium Domain Name Auction
Are you looking for domains that offer instant branding and traffic advantages? If so, this auction will offer category-leading domains. See details on how to bid. Also sign-up for Moniker’s Auction Alert emails.
|20:30 – 24:00||Dinner Networking Party
Our venue for the evening will be La Torre dels Lleons, a 16th century villa located in the town of Esplugues, just 20 minutes drive outside of Barcelona. This historic villa has all the charming characteristics of a typical Catalan Masía (farmhouse). We will enjoy gourmet cuisine and musical entertainment in the beautiful gardens of this estate.
Thursday June 9
|09:30 – 20:00||Relationship-building Excursions
Our goal is to help attendees build long-lasting relationships by sharing unique cultural experiences and one-of-a-kind fun activities in and around Barcelona.
During online registration, attendees will be able to select one morning and one afternoon excursion. But be sure to register early, because some excursions only have room for a limited number of people.
|20:30 – 24:00||Farewell Dinner Party brought to you by DomainSponsor
This farewell dinner party will be held at The new Shôko Restaurant & Lounge Club, located right on the beach just 3 minutes walk from the Pullman Barcelona Hotel. It is one of the most popular hot spots in Barcelona. We will have exclusive use of the club until midnight, at which time it opens up to the public and transforms into a vibrating night club.