I reached out to Rick Schwartz today about whether there will be a live domain name auction at the TRAFFIC conference this year.
There have been a bunch of emails and announcements from the organizers of the TRAFFIC conference about the conference, the nomination for the awards to be handed out (see here, here and here,) people speaking at the conference, but not a word on a live domain auction.
So I have confirmed with Mr. Schwartz that there will in fact be a live domain auction at TRAFFIC in October.
Although no formal announcement has been made calling for submissions, the organizers have received over 5,000 domains for auction.
A formal announcement is expected to go out next week calling for submissions.
Like last year people will be able to pay for placement of their domains to be in included the auction but the pricing will change in favor of the more valuable domains.
As last year you will have to be in attendance to bid, online bidding will not be available.