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June 16, 2016

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Photos & Highlights from the 2016 Global Domain Industry Summit in Hangzhou, China

I'm back from an annual beach vacation, refreshed and ready for what is shaping up to be a very busy summer ahead, including two conference trips - BlogX/DomainX in New Delhi, India in August and THE Domain Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in September. 

I was also invited to go to the Global Domain Industry Summit in Hangzhou, China that ended June 6 and would have made the trip if the dates had not conflicted with the vacation reservations we had made before the show was announced. Several domain industry veterans from the U.S. and Canada did make the trip and said it was a very positive 

and impressive experience with some 1,000 attendees on hand (most coming from throughout mainland China). One of the North American guests was domain consultant Bill Sweetman from NameNinja.com who was kind enough to share some of his photos and notes from the show (where Bill was also among the featured speakers). 

Above: Part of the capacity crowd that turned out for the 
Global Domain Industry Summit in Hangzhou, China June 3-6, 2016.

Below: Among the familiar faces in the crowd from the West was
Sedo's Chief Marketing Officer Christian Voss who was also a speaker.

Above: Another familiar face in the crowd - 
Public Interest Registry (.Org) Channel Manager for Asia Kevin Kopas who also spoke.

Above: A scene from the live domain auction at the Global Domain Industry Summit 
(auction results can be found here  - prices shown in middle column represent Chinese Yuan)

Below: Something we haven't seen at a live auction before - cheerleaders 
bearing cards promoting some of the premier names up for sale

An international group of domain pros got together for dinner during show week. Above (top row L-R) are Anand Vora (Donuts) and Bill Sweetman (NameNinja), with (bottom row L-R)  
Jian (Jane) Zhang (DotAsia), Kevin Kopas (PIR) & Fernando Espana (Neustar).

Bill also gave us a link to a nicely produced video recap of the Global Domain Industry Summit. The clip, that runs just under 5 minutes, will give you a great inside look at conference week.

Another major show is coming up in China just three weeks from now. That will be the World Domain Conference that will be held in Wuzhen July 6-9, 2016.  I ran a preview of that event last month that you can check out here.

(Posted June 16, 2016)

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