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Photos and Highlights from the 1st World Domain Day Conference in Hyderabad, India 

World Domain Day, a new international domain conference staged by the Indian Domain Owners Association, debuted Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Avasa Hotel in  Hyderabad, India. Show organizers reported more than 300 attendees turned out for the inaugural event.

 

A panoramic view of the crowd at World Domain Day August 24, 2014  in Hyderabad, India.

World Domain Day was organized by a team that included Sanjeev Goyal, Prakhar Bindal, Vishaal Vij, Divam Sharma, Anshul Chaudhary and Arvind Reddy. The presence of many of the India's top domain investors, as well as well-known industry figures from other countries, caught the attention of mainstream media outlets, including several TV stations that sent reporters to cover World Domain Day. 

World Domain Day CEO Prakhar Bindal being interview by TV5 News 
during the inaugural event in Hyderabad, India August 24, 2014.

The World Domain Day Organizing Team included (left to right): Sanjeev Goyal
Prakhar Bindal, Vishal Vij, Anshul Chaudhary, Divam Sharma & Arvind Reddy.

We were unable to attend the conference, but you can find an excellent review of the event written by someone who was there, Anil Kumar Pammidimukkala, in this recap that has been published on the World Domain Day (WDD) website: http://worlddomainday.com/wdd-2014-recap/.

To touch on just a few of the highlights that Anil covers in more detail (with photos that Mr. Bindal graciously shared with us), WDD had an excellent keynote speaker in Dr. Govind, the CEO of the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), and one of the two members of ICANN-GAC from India.

Dr. Govind speaking at World Domain Day in Hyderabad, India August 24, 2014.

Of course, new gTLDs are going to be a major topic of discussion at every domain conference now that hundreds of new extensions have begun rolling out. World Domain Day had leaders from many new registry operators on hand to personally answer questions from WDD attendees.

Above: Four new gTLD representatives on stage for a panel discussion at World Domain Day are (left to right) Gajendra Upadhyay (Afilias), Anand Vora (Donuts), Jeffrey Sass (.CLUB) and Karn Jajoo (Radix)

Below: In another session two executives from TLD Registry discussed the burgeoning domain market in China. At left is CMO Simon Cousins (夏明),who is responsible for global and China branding, marketing and communications, and at right is CEO and Co-Founder Arto Isokoski.

In addition to a robust turnout and impressive speaker's roster, World Domain Day drew widespread sponsor participation, with global powerhouse like Go Daddy and Sedo among those supporting and sending representatives to the inaugural show. 

Patricja Krol and Dildeep Singh represented Sedo at World Domain Day 2014. Patricia, who speaks  English, German and Polish, is credited with handling several 7-figure domain name sales. 

Following their successful debut, World Domain Day organizers are already planning a 2015 event in a new location that should prove to be very popular - Dubai - most likely in March of next year.

As I previously told you World Domain Day is one of two new domain conferences scheduled just two weeks apart in Hyderabad. The next one will be the DomainX conference this coming Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre. Michael Castello is scheduled to deliver the keynote there and I will be interviewing DNForum.com owner Adam Dicker (via Skype) in one of the sessions following Michael's talk. I'll have more on that show for you later this week.

While I expressed some concerns about two shows being held so closely together in the same city, WDD proved there is a great deal of pent up demand in the Indian market for the unique kind of networking and educational opportunities that only well organized and attended conferences can provide. DomainX expects to hit a home run too and if they succeed the industry at large will benefit greatly. India is obviously more that ready for its turn in the spotlight and will play an ever expanding role in the ongoing worldwide growth of the domain business.

(Posted September 2, 2014)  


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