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Highly Unlikely to Attend an In-Person Event in 2021

Traveling has been the thing I have missed most during the last year or so. Just a couple of weeks after a trip to Costa Rica last year, we were pretty much on lock down here in my part of the US. We were fortunate to make several fun trips over the Summer by car, but I have not been on an airplane since a somewhat harrowing return trip home (that’s another story!).

I have been asked by a few different people about whether or not I would attend an in-person domain industry event this year. While I should be fully vaccinated within the next several weeks (thanks, Pfizer), I would say it is highly unlikely that I will attend an in-person domain industry event in 2021.

Domain Name Content at CloudFest 2021

While the virtual ICANN70 meeting started yesterday, a more business-focused virtual event begins today. CloudFest, the sister event to the domain name-focused NamesCon, begins today and runs through March 25th. Domain names are not the focus of CloudFest, but there are quite a few domain name related panels and keynotes coming up over the course of the next three days.

The domain name related content on the agenda at CloudFest includes:

Video: NamesCon Platform Tour

NamesCon Online 2021 is coming up next week. This industry conference is taking place entirely online due to the global pandemic, and the conference will be held on a customized platform. In anticipation of the conference, NamesCon shared a video to help conference attendees explore how NamesCon Online will operate and look when it goes live next week.

For your convenience, you can watch the video below:

9 Candidates for 2021 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award

The Internet Commerce Association released the list of the nine nominees for the 2021 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award. These nine nominees were selected by domain industry peers, and the ICA membership will vote to select a group of three finalists for this year’s award. The nine nominated domain industry participants in alphabetical order are:

Registration Opens for 2021 NamesCon Online

Earlier this month, NamesCon announced its 2021 schedule of events. The annual NamesCon Global event that has been held each January (last in Austin, Texas) will be a virtual event called NamesCon Online. The exclusively online conference will take place January 27-29, 2021. NamesCon has plans for a hybrid and an in-person event for later on in the year, but I imagine the status of the Covid-19 pandemic will determine whether in-person events will be able to be held in 2021.

NamesCon Announces 2021 Schedule of Events

NamesCon was forced to make an adjustment to its schedule this year due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. NamesCon Europe, scheduled for August in Budapest, was cancelled, and the NamesCon Online event was successfully held in its place. With the Covid-19 coronavirus still infecting millions around the world, NamesCon has made some adjustments to its 2021 schedule of events.

This afternoon, conference organizers shared the dates and schedule for upcoming NamesCon events. I am told the email will be sent to people on the NamesCon mailing list sometime today:

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