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°.
— NamesCon (@NamesCon) April 30, 2020
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:
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:
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:
NamesCon Global 2020 is in the books. I had been wanting to visit Austin for quite some time, and the NamesCon conference was the perfect reason to make the trip. Beyond the conference, I thought Austin was an interesting city with great food.
It was easy and pretty cheap for me to fly to Austin non-stop from Boston, and although I stayed in the Omni Hotel, there were quite a few other options for different budgets. In speaking with other attendees,
Monte Cahn (Right of the Dot) emailed me with the NamesCon live auction list, including the domain names, auction order, and reserve price ranges. This list is shared below, although you should confirm details with Right of the Dot, GoDaddy Auctions, or Proxibid to ensure accuracy before participating in the auction as it might be subject to change.
The live auction will be held in the main conference hall on Thursday, January 30th at 4pm Central Time. Bidding in the live auction can also be done via Proxibid. Registration for Proxibid is required, and I believe floor bidders will also need to register for a paddle before the auction.
Here are the domain names in the live auction along with their reserve prices: