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DOMAINfest Global 2011 Announces a Fantasy Domaining Contest & Big Changes to the Show's PITCHfest Contest

There are some interesting new developments with the 2011 DOMAINfest Global conference coming up February 1-3 in Santa Monica, California. The show organizer, Oversee's DomainSponsor.com, has announced a new Fantasy Domaining Contest with some attractive prizes, as well as some key changes to the PITCHfest Contest that debuted at the last show in January 2010.

The Fantasy Domaining Contest is similar to Fantasy Football in terms of its format and rules. Contestants “draft” their initial roster from a master list of 1,000 domains, then put some in play, make substitutions when desired and trade domains with other contestants. Each contestant will draft a portfolio of 35 domains from the master list. The goal is to draft or trade for domains that are believed to have produced the most PPC revenue last year between December 1, 2009 and January 15, 2010.  There is no cost to sign up (only one entry per person is allowed) and the rewards for winning are substantial.

The winner will receive a free trip to DOMAINfest Global 2011 that includes a travel stipend of $1,000, plus four nights at the hotel and free admission to DFG 2011. The winner will also receive a "Fantasy Domaining Champion" trophy on stage at DFG 2011, and the bragging rights that go with the title. 

The second place finisher will receive a free DFG 2011 ticket and third place is worth 50% off a DFG 2011 ticket. 

The contest will end on January 15, 2011 and winners will be notified on January 17, 2011. For details and a full explanation of how to play, including Official Contest Rules, and to sign-up, visit http://www.domainfest.com/fantasy. The contest is open only to residents of the United States.

Now about those changes for this year’s PITCHfest contest, an event  designed to expose attendees to new, innovative, online business, service or technology ideas. First, presentations will no longer be limited to business models designed to improve revenue on parked domains. Second, instead of allowing judges to ask contestants a range of questions after each five-minute presentation, the judges will remain silent and the next contestant will be immediately ushered onto the stage. This will ensure that the quality and clarity of the five minutes on stage is maximized, exposing the audience to as many innovative ideas as possible.  

Scene from the PITCHfest Contest at the 2010 DOMAINfest Global conference last January.

The judges will rate each presentation in four dimensions:  Creativity, Viability, Originality and Revenue Potential. Their combined score will determine the winner.  The winner will receive a DOMAINfest Global 2010 PITCHfest Innovator Trophy and be featured in a press release. The audience will also be allowed to vote for the People's Choice winner, using a real-time text message voting system. The People’s Choice winner will receive a People’s Choice trophy and be featured in a press release. 

Peter Celeste, Senior Vice President and General Manager of DomainSponsor, said "“PITCHfest was a big hit last year and revealed some very smart ideas. This year we’re extending the boundaries of the contest to allow any new, innovative online business, service or technology ideas to be presented. Attendees at DOMAINfest are Internet entrepreneurs who are always on the lookout for new people to partner with or invest in, so it makes sense to expand on what can be ‘pitched.’” 

Individuals interested in entering the PITCHfest competition can find contest rules and an online submission form at http://www.domainfest.com/PITCHfest. The deadline for entry is January 14th, 2011. On January 21st, up to ten finalists will be selected and notified to start preparing their five-minute presentations. The competition is open only to residents of the United States.

By the way, a discounted registratin rate of $1,195 for DOMAINfest Global 2011 is currently available. That offer will expire December 31, 2010. To register, visit http://www.domainfest.com/register.  

(Posted Dec. 9, 2010) 

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