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NamesCon Rebrands Event to NamesCon Online

NamesCon is hosting its annual conference in a virtual format this year due to the global pandemic. When the event was announced, it was originally branded as NamesCon 360°. Lately, the branding has shifted away from the 360, and the event is now officially called NamesCon Online. The event website was also updated to NamesCon.Online. I now know why the event and its website were rebranded – it was related to a sponsorship by Radix, the company that operates the .Online registry.

Here’s what I was told about the name change and sponsorship:

NamesCon 360° Ticket Price is $59

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NamesCon organizers announced a virtual conference to be held this coming September. NamesCon 360° will be held virtually from September 9 – 11, 2020. At the time of the announcement, organizers had not yet made tickets available to purchase or announced ticket prices.

This morning, tickets for NamesCon 360° went on sale for $59. The ticket price includes the following:

NamesCon 360° Virtual Conference Announced

With the coronavirus pandemic canceling or indefinitely postponing in-person conferences around the world this year, the NamesCon Europe conference scheduled for August in Budapest, Hungary was also postponed. This morning, NamesCon conference organizers announced a new virtual conference that will take place in September. The event is called NamesCon 360°.

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:

NamesCon Extended Auction Ends Today

The NamesCon extended auction will be ending today at GoDaddy Auctions. The extended auction is a mix of domain names that did not sell in the live auction and domain names that were not including in the live portion of the auction. It looks like there are several hundred domain names in the extended auction. In the live auction that took place during NamesCon, over $1.8 million worth of domain names were sold. You can have a look at the 2020 NamesCon auction results to see what sold.

From what I can see, here are the five highest priced domain names that have hit their reserve price and will sell:

Results from the 2020 NamesCon Live Auction

Monte Cahn from Right of the Dot emailed me the final results from the NamesCon live domain name auction held last week in Austin. From what I can tell, 74 domain names were sold for a total value of just over $1.8 million USD. There were 136 domain name listed for sale in the live auction this year.

The domain names that did not sell in the auction (listed as “pass” below) will be in the extended auction that is happening on GoDaddy Auctions right now. There are also many more domain names listed in the extended auction that were not included in the live auction.

Listed below are the results from the live auction. “Phone” below means online and “Live” means it was a floor bid. “Pass” means the domain name did not hit reserve, but the bid is the high bid before it passed. I do not know if there were any “chandelier bids” included in those pass listings – nor do I know if that is permitted or accepted in Texas auctions.

2020 NamesCon Live Auction Results:

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