I would assume yes. Have not heard otherwise. I would expect we will hear about @NamesCon Europe first though.
— Elliot Silver (@DInvesting) April 21, 2020
In taking 2020 cancellations for granted, though perhaps a well organized internet event (with a sponsored domain by a registry) could be quite a hit.
— Ivan Rasskazov (@IvanRasskazov7) April 21, 2020
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.
I have to admit I am not really jazzed about the prospect of “attending” an online conference. I look forward to attending NamesCon every year, but participating in something online does not really appeal to me. What I enjoy about NamesCon is impossible to reproduce in an online setting. I enjoy sitting with friends and colleagues and talking shop. I like going out to good restaurants and fun bars with longtime friends. I enjoy catching up with people in the lobby. In fact, other than the memorial events at NamesCon and a few minutes of the auction and James Booth’s talk, I did not really spend any time in the conference rooms.
Put simply, the things that would be missing from an online event are the aspects of a conference I enjoy.
If Michael Cyger’s weekly domain investor Zoom call is any indication, an online conference would probably be well received by many. Log on, sit back, and listen to others speak. In fact, some people might prefer this over the actual conference because there are no travel barriers nor are there travel costs to participate. I would imagine (and hope) industry companies would be willing to sponsor an event like this because it would likely draw a sizeable crowd. In addition, it might even be easier for companies to set up presentations in advance without having to worry about technical difficulties on site or issues during a presentation.
I might be in the minority on this one, but I don’t love the idea of an online conference-like event.
I am curious if you would attend an online conference – and if you would – would you pay for it?