There are many people from all parts of the domain name space who are presently in Durban, South Africa at the ICANN meeting. ICANN meetings are free to attend (aside from the travel and accommodations), and they are held three times a year in locations throughout the world. For newcomers who haven’t attended a ICANN meeting before, there is even a “newcomers’ track” that offers additional information for first-time attendees.
I have never attended an ICANN meeting before, but I think it would be interesting to attend one at some point. Upcoming ICANN meetings will be held in Buenos Aires in November, Singapore in March of 2014, and London in June of 2014. I am considering the Buenos Aires conference since that will be held right around the time gTLDs may become available to the public.
I assume that most casual domain investors and even serious domain investors that don’t have registry or registrar connections have never attended an ICANN conference. Of course, I could be wrong, so I would like to know if you have attended a conference, and if you would like to attend a future ICANN conference. Further, I’d like to know what you thought about the conference if you’ve gone and whether you think it would be good for a domain investor to attend.