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2020 NamesCon Europe Postponed – Will be a Virtual Event

It’s probably not going to come as a surprise to anyone, but the NamesCon Europe conference scheduled for August of this year has been postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. I think this is the right decision because people will be apprehensive to travel this Summer, even if they are permitted to do so.

NamesCon organizers are planning to host a virtual event at some point this Summer. In the email announcing the postponement of NamesCon Europe, organizers posted a link to a survey asking for feedback about this virtual conference. I shared my thoughts about a virtual conference already, but since I am probably in the minority on this, I think it would be helpful for others to participate in the survey and help shape the virtual event.

In addition to this update on NamesCon Europe, conference organizers said they are still planning for NamesCon Global 2021.

Here’s the email that was sent by conference organizers this morning, along with a survey link:

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I was having a Twitter conversation about upcoming domain industry conferences, and I understand many events are likely in limbo – even those scheduled for 2021. Planning a conference takes quite a bit of time and can be quite expensive to reserve the space for conference rooms and venues. Predicting when it will be safe to travel – and if people will be willing to travel – is challenging if not impossible.

I reached out to NamesCon conference organizers to see if they have an update on the status of NamesCon Europe (scheduled for August in Budapest) and NamesCon 2021 tentatively scheduled for January. Once I receive an update, if there is one, I will be sure to share it.

Nordic Domain Days 2020 Postponed

I just received an email from the organizer of Nordic Domain Days 2020 announcing that this year’s event is postponed “until further notice.” NDD 2020 was originally scheduled to be held in Stockholm, Sweden September 7-8, 2020. This would have been the fifth anniversary of the domain industry event. The event was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Despite the fact that the NDD event isn’t scheduled for several months, I think it is the right call. We don’t really know when widespread quarantines and social distancing requests/requirements will be lifted, and it would be impractical to expect people to book travel plans for September at this point in time.

Here is the email I received from event organizers this morning:

CloudFest 2020 Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Soeren von Varchmin, CEO of CloudFest and Namescon conferences, announced this morning that CloudFest 2020 has been canceled due to concerns about the Coronavirus. The event was scheduled to be held in Germany (Baden-Württemberg) from March 14-19, 2020. The announcement was made this morning via Twitter:

Asheville Domain Event is Delayed

Earlier this morning, Rick Schwartz announced the Asheville domain investor event he had been planning for this Summer would be delayed indefinitely due to concerns about the Coronavirus:

2020 Nordic Domain Days in September

Nordic Domain Days will be celebrating its fifth anniversary at its 2020 conference which is scheduled for September 7-8, 2020. The event will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2019, the event was held in November, so I believe that means there should be warmer weather expected and more hours of daylight this year.

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