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Closing Day Photos and Highlights from the Domaining Europe Conference in Berlin Tuesday

The 2017 Domaining Europe conference ended with another full day of business at the Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt in Berlin, Germany Tuesday, May 16 (you will find Sunday's opening day highlights here and highlights from the first day of business Monday here).

The busy closing day schedule Tuesday began at 9am with a panel discussion covering the latest developments in Internet Governance featuring (left to right in the photo below) Jorg Schweiger, Michele Neylon, Erika Mann, moderator Thomas Rickert and Professor Wolfgang Kleinwachter.

Above: At 10am .CLUB's energetic Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Sass explained why ".CLUB is Still the Best at Marketing a New gTLD".  By the way, Jeff has a new book out - Everything I Know About Marketing I Learned from the Toxic Avenger that is available on Amazon.

Below: At 10:30 Guillaume Pahud took the stage to give attendees the latest information on What .Brands Do With Their TLDs."

Above: Four members of the Internet Commerce Association, Jackson Elsegood (Escrow.com), Braden Pollock (Legal Brand Marketing), Andee Hill (Donuts.co) and Jothan Frakes (Merge!), took the floor before the final morning session to tell the audience about the ICA's critical role in protecting domain owner rights and to encourage them to join the many other industry leaders who have banded together in the non-profit organization for the good of all.

Below: At 11:30am Verisign's Will Shorter gave attendees his unique "Insight on .CC and .TV", the giant registry operator's two long established re-purposed ccTLDs. 

Above: Jose Vicente Gomar (Amix Network) who holds one of the world's best portfolios of new gTLDs was on stage next to give a progress report called "3 Years Investing in New gTLDs With a 5-Year Plan." In short, Jose is pleased with the assets he has assembled and remains confident they will grow in value over time. The slide you see in his presentation was a photo we ran when he attended his first domain conference (THE Domain Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2014).

Below: NamesCon Co-Founder Jothan Frakes came over from the U.S. to join Braden Pollock as co-moderators for Domaining Europe. Just before the 1pm lunch break Jothan told attendees about the new Merge! conference that he and new partner Ray Dillman Neu will be staging in Orlando, Florida October 14-18, 2017. Domains will be just one of several related fields running on parallel tracks (for the price of one ticket) in an event that is designed to bring together people who are likely to find synergies that create new relationships and expand the enterprises of those who attend. 

Above: After a lunch break attendees returned to the conference hall for a session on .Brands and a Future New Round, covering what corporations are likely to do when ICANN opens a second round of new gTLD applications. Panelists (from left to right) were Martin Sutton (Brand Registry Group), Martin Kuechenthal (LEMARIT GmbH, Denic eG), moderator Jothan Frakes, Katrin Ohlmer (DOTZON) and Guillaume Pahud.

Below: Multi-tasking attendees made every minute at Domaining Europe count.

Above: In a popular 3pm panel discussion the topic was how to Develop a Domain and Sell a Business. The panelists (left to right) were David Seelos (HasTraffic.com), Michael Gilmour (ParkLogic), moderator Braden Pollock, Rob Monster (Epik.com) and Alex Melen (T35 Hosting).

Below: There were two daily coffee and snack breaks at Domaining Europe - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Attendees used the one at 4pm Tuesday to refuel for the run down the show's final stretch.

Above: At 4:30pm Mark Kychma (MAKTIG) took the stage with some great advice of Domain Name Leasing, Valuation and Structuring

Below: At 5pm CentralNic's Stuart Fuller (left) and Martin Kuechenthal (center) joined moderator Jothan Frakes to provide some insight into Corporate Domain Management.

Above: In the final business session of Domaining Europe 2017, ParkLogic's Michael Gilmour detailed New Way for Registrars and Registries to Earn Revenue

Below: While the educational portion of Domaining Europe was over, the charitable effort was not.  Several attendees donated domains that were auctioned off by Undeveloped.com Founder Reza Sardeha with the proceeds going to the Hope Children's Centre. We encourage you to visit the Hope link in the previous sentence to learn more about the organization that needs donations year round to provide educational opportunities for underprivileged children in Kenya who would otherwise have none. Also, keep in mind that Undeveloped's regular Domaining Europe online auction is continuing until May 25th with some marquee domains available in that sale.

Above: With the final day's work done, Domaining Europe moderators Braden Pollock and Jothan Frakes led a well-deserved round of applause for conference Founder Dietmar Stefitz.

Below: I said work was done - not pleasure! There was still an evening social networking celebration to mark the end of a rewarding visit to Berlin. Mark Ghoriafi (.CLUB) and Sanja Lazovic (.ME) were among those toasting Domaining Europe

Above (left to right): Domaining Europe Founder Dietmar Stefitz, Bruno Calzaverini, Ron Jackson (DNJournal.com), Antonio Villamarin, Jose Vicente Gomar and Shaun Wilkinson (Nidoma.com) at the closing party Tuesday evening at Domaining Europe in Berlin.

Below: While chatting with Dietmar near the end of the evening I mentioned that Domaining Europe had a tradition of gathering as many attendees together as possible for a "class photo" but in the hustle and bustle surrounding this year's bigger show it hadn't been done. He decided to round up those who were still on hand (about a third of the week's total attendees) for this shot I took from a nearby stairway. If you click on the picture a much larger version will come up so you can more readily identify the faces in the crowd. 

One final note. We want to thank our friend, show founder Dietmar Stefitz for being such a wonderful host (as he always is). He produced another outstanding event that attracted people from all over the world for a gathering that sent guests home with great memories and priceless new friendships. We appreciate all of the work he has done over the past 9 years to make this a better industry for everyone fortunate enough to be involved in it, not only in Europe but far beyond it as well.

(Posted May 17, 2017)

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