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ICA Planning September Event in Las Vegas

The Internet Commerce Association (ICA), a trade organization that represents the interests of the domain investment community, announced that it is planning to host an event in-person later this year. The event, which is tentatively scheduled for September 19-20 in Las Vegas, will be held to honor the ICA’s 15th anniversary. The ICA previously held a poll to ask members if they would attend an in-person event and gave members some location options from which to choose.

The event will be only be open to domain industry participants who are ICA members or sponsors of the event.

NamesCon Online – September 22-24, 2021

In March, NamesCon announced it would not host its NamesCon Europe event that had been scheduled to be held in Hungary this Summer. Today, NamesCon announced it will be hosting its popular online event, NamesCon Online, September 22 – 24, 2021. The format will be similar to the last time it hosted its online-only event for NamesCon Global.

Here’s a very high-level overview of what the conference will cover:

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:

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