The first day of DOMAINfest was exhausting, but super fun. We kicked off the day by visiting the exhibition tent and checking out all of the booths. Our favorite booth was probably The Water School, an organization that is working to provide clean drinking water to communities in need. If you haven’t heard of them, you should definitely check them out. Awesome stuff.
After that we hopped over to the PITCHfest session where four companies presented new ideas on domain monetization. Verisign, Elephant Traffic, AdMarketplace, and Tempesta Media presented to a panel of judges that included such distinguished names as Frank Schilling, Adam Rioux, Eric Liaw, and Ron Sheridan. Later in the day the honor was awarded to Adam Epstein of AdMarketplace.
Following lunch Jeff Kupietzky, CEO and President of Oversee.net, gave his Opening Remarks speech — an interesting overview of the state of the domain industry. Below is a brief excerpt of his speech.
The last session of the day was a panel on the new gTLDs that ICANN is planning to roll out this year. A topic that most everyone seems to have mixed feelings about. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see how this develops in the coming months.
We ended our first day at DOMAINfest with the swanky demand MEDIA party at the Huntley Hotel.
All in all it was a great, but very busy, first day.