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Full House Will Be on Hand for India's 2nd DomainX Conference This Week - Final Agenda Now Set

India's 2nd annual DomainX conference is coming up this week with the two-day event set to run at the five-star Taj West End Hotel in Bangalore, India Friday and Saturday, August 7 & 8, 2015. DomainX Founder and CEO Manmeet Pal Singh told us registration is now closed after hitting 1,000 online sign ups Saturday. The actual attendance is expected to fall between 500-600 because many who registered for the free second day only (with nothing invested) will not make the trip. Even so, if expectations are met, attendance will be around 40% higher than it was the show's successful debut run last year in Hyderabad

DomainX's unique format offers a special networking day on day 1 Friday - a day dedicated to face to face interaction between attendees and experts, with just a couple of short introductory  talks from the stage (the first coming from DomainX Brand Amabassador Deepak Daftari and the second from DN Journal's Ron Jackson). Day 2 Saturday has a more traditional agenda with keynote speakers and an array of panel discussions on timely subjects. I was originally scheduled to sit on one of the panels but have since been invited to deliver a second keynote instead and will be honored to again join Deepak in doing that Saturday. You can see the full conference agenda here

Manmeet Pal Singh
DomainX Founder & CEO

IBM's Samarth Kholkar will be 
speaking at DomainX Saturday 

There have been several additions to the agenda since my last update on the show. IBM Cloud Business Development Leader Samarth Kholkar is now scheduled to speak at 3:30 Saturday afternoon and 90 minutes later, during the Conference Awards ceremony, there will be a book launch event marking the release of Selling Domains Fast, written by Indian domain name investor Aishwin Vikhona. Singh said Mr. Vikhona has closed domain sales running into six figures over the past few months.

I mentioned earlier that DomainX made day 2 Saturday open to anyone at no charge (until the show reached full capacity and registration had to be closed). There was a low fee for those who wanted to come for day 1 networking but even those tickets topped out at only $99, far below western conference standards. Of course the only thing that allows DomainX to do that and still hold the show at a world class facility like the Taj West End Hotel is sponsor support

Singh believes the cost to attend has to be kept low to help accelerate growth in the Indian domain market by eliminating cost as a barrier to entry for those who want to learn more about the business. Fortunately, a number of well-known sponsors share that vision and stepped up so DomainX could continue to offer no or low cost tickets as they did last year as well. 

In alphabetical order, Escrow.com, Go Daddy and INForum.in are Platinum sponsors while Airfare.in, .Desi, Domaining.com, DomainPros.com, IBM and Resello.com are Gold Sponsors. Further support is coming from eight Silver Sponsors including Bruwink, BulkWhoisFinder, Verisign (.com/,net), Catchy.com, JUA Domain Name Consultants, NameCatch.org/.in, OpenSRS and Uniregistry

We are looking forward to our first visit to India, meeting that country's up and coming domain investors and covering it all for you. Look for our first pre-show post from Bangalore in this column Wednesday with daily reports continuing through the conclusion of DomainX 2015 Saturday.

Lobby of the Taj West End Hotel in Banglore, India where 
DomainX 2015 will be held Friday & Saturday (August 7 & 8).

(Posted August 2, 2015)

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