Conferences & Tradeshows

Not a Fan of Online Conferences


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.

Rick Schwartz Announces 2020 Asheville Event

Rick Schwartz hosted a domain investor event in Asheville, North Carolina last Summer, and it was well attended. This morning on Twitter, Rick announced he will be hosting the event again this Summer in Asheville:

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