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NamesCon Global Announces Dates and Opens Registration for 2023 Conference in Austin 

After a successful 2022 event NamesCon Global announced the conference would be returning to Austin, Texas in 2023 - the only question was what the dates would be. The answer came in an email sent to those on the show's mailing list today. The big event will run from Wednesday, May 31 through Saturday, June 3 at the same venue - the downtown Omni Hotel in Austin

The same letter included a link for early bird registration 

that is now open. Jumping in ahead of the crowd will cut your ticket cost by 65% with Standard passes reduced to $349 and Channel passes cut to $549. That is a nice Black Friday style discount but you can take of advantage of the deal any time before it expires on December 22. Discounted hotel rooms at the Omni will also be available soon and we will let you know when those are available to book.

NamesCon Global brings together domain investors, developers and service providers who build and grow the digital asset industry, covering everything from domain names to emerging digital assets. The industry's biggest event has proven to be the best place to find new customers and build the relationships that accelerate success in this business. 

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This is Thanksgiving Day in America - a day when we make a special effort to do something we should do every day of the year but too often forget in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. That is to give thanks with a grateful heart for the friends, family and blessings we have been given. We are especially thankful, grateful and blessed to have all of you in our lives - including many who have been visiting DNJournal for almost 20 years now! While this is an American holiday, we wish all of you, where ever you are around the globe, a joyful day and endless blessings in the weeks, months and years ahead!

(Posted November 24, 2022)



Public Interest Registry Reveals Winners of 4th Annual .ORG Impact Awards - Over $100,000 Will Go to Honorees

The Public Interest Registry (PIR), the people behind the .ORG Family of Domains, has announced the winners of the 4th annual .ORG Impact Awards, that honor and celebrate outstanding mission-driven organizations and individuals working to make the world a better place. A record 947 organizations and individuals submitted entries this year from more than 68 countries across seven award categories:

  • Community Building

  • Quality Education for All

  • Environmental Stewardship

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Health and Healing

  • Hunger and Poverty

  • Rising Stars (leaders, under 25, making a difference in their communities)

PIR President & CEO Jon Nevett

The .ORG of the Year will receive a donation of $35,000 for an eligible charitable entity of its choice, while the other award winners will receive donations of $10,000 each. 

PIR President and CEO Jon Nevett said, “We are honored to celebrate the deeply impactful champions for change who have won a 2022 .ORG Impact Award. These inspiring organizations and individuals work incredibly hard to put their mission first, improving the lives of so many, and bringing meaningful change to communities across the globe. We are thrilled to uplift their tireless efforts and to celebrate their dedication to making the world a better place. Each organization is an emblem for what .ORG stands for, and we are humbled by the work of all the .ORGs that submitted for the awards, were named finalists, or are winning an award today. Congratulations, and thank you for being the best of our .ORG Community.” 

...and the winners are:

.ORG of the YearFood Rescue Hero  Donation Amount: $35,000

Purposefully designed to automate the time consuming and variable coordination of food recovery, Food Rescue Hero enables scalable impact on food waste, food insecurity, and climate change. Since 2016, the Food Rescue Hero network of 14 partners in the US and Canada, and a growing community of 34,000 volunteer drivers, have diverted 100 million pounds of perfectly good food from landfill and mitigated 54.3 million pounds of CO2 emissions. With Food Rescue Hero, coordination between food donors, non-profit partners and volunteer drivers is reliable, timely and transparent, and yields greater food waste prevention and shrink real time data transparency and greater overall impact. Food Rescue Hero is also the winner of the 2022 .ORG Impact Award for Hunger and Poverty.

Community BuildingKageno Worldwide  Donation Amount: $10,000

Kageno Worldwide’s mission is to transform impoverished communities into places of hope and opportunity. They believe there is no single solution for communities living in poverty, but that there must be change across multiple sectors, to effectively transform an impoverished community. This is why Kageno works with community leaders to develop programs in four key areas of Education, Healthcare, Income Generation, and Conservation. Their programs operating in Africa address the diversified needs of each community. Kageno is a big picture non-profit, with boots on the ground able to provide the infrastructure, resources, and knowledge needed to develop education initiatives, stronger infrastructures for community health, diversified economies, and a healthier environment. 

Quality Education for AllHello World  Donation Amount: $10,000

Hello World's paradigm-busting solution to the education deficit tackles the twin injustices of lack of educational resources in remote and last-mile communities and the digital divide. Hello World is helping solve the lack of global education by working with the most marginalized communities to build state-of-the-art, Solar Powered Internet Hubs and bridge the digital divide. Each “Hello Hub” provides free internet access and world-class educational software to over 1,000 people, giving children and adults an education and a voice in the global community. Hello Hubs are built by the community for the community across Uganda and Nepal. Each one provides everything needed to get online and further education. 

Environmental StewardshipTIP Sessions  Donation Amount: $10,000

TIP Sessions focuses on a combination of gender-sensitive response​ to climate change, and technological intervention with lingual and regional context to achieve climate and gender justice. They achieve this through a three-pronged approach of community-led climate action, culture for climate programs and economic empowerment of rural women. Their programs are action-driven and give local communities—particularly, women and youth—the platform and voice to impact their world. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Pro Mujer  Donation Amount: $10,000

Pro Mujer has been working to advance gender equality in Latin America for over 32 years. It provides underserved women with financial inclusion, skilling opportunities and health services in order for them to reach their full potential, become agents of change and improve their living conditions.

Health and HealingLimbitless Solutions  Donation Amount: $10,000

Limbitless Solutions Inc. (LSI) is a University of Central Florida-based, non-profit dedicated to empowering individuals by creating access for children—and soon adult first responders and veterans—to personalized, high-functioning and expressive prosthetic arms without financial burden, using technology and interdisciplinary efforts to address accessibility issues to increase access and inclusion. They work to empower confidence and increase accessibility in the limb difference community through art-infused bionics and combine engineering and art to promote access and engagement in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education for a more inclusive future.

Hunger and PovertyFood Rescue Hero  Donation Amount: $10,000

In addition to receiving the awards for .ORG of the Year, Food Rescue Hero is also the winner in the Hunger and Poverty category. Food Rescue Hero is able to use their highly functional app to reduce waste and deliver food to hungry people in 16 cities involved in their network. They have recovered over 122 million pounds of food, equating to nearly 100 million meals. This also means 66.2 million pounds of carbon emissions have been mitigated through their work.

Rising Star – Mathias Charles Yabe, AkoFresh  Donation Amount: $10,000

AkoFresh is a green Agritech organization that is offering sustainable agricultural services leveraging climate smart solutions for improved food security and ensuring ecosystem resilience in local communities. The innovation for AkoFresh is a mobile solar powered cold storage preservation technology that extends shelf life of  perishable crops from the usual 5-day period to 21 days to reduce post-harvest losses and ensure improved livelihood of smallholder farmers. Projects implemented by AkoFresh prioritize the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions especially from food waste, conserving environmental resources, alleviating poverty in small-holders' farming communities by boosting the local economy, and creating decent employment opportunities for women and the youth.

Congratulations to the award winners and a thank you for all that you do!

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"Tech Wreck/Crypto Crash" Dented 3Q Domain Sales at Escrow.com But Business Rebounded in October

Escrow.com has released their quarterly Domain Investment Index (.pdf file) for the 3rd Quarter of 2022.  The company reported a big drop in domain sales revenue from the same quarter a year ago when they rang up $105 million in sales. In 3Q-2022 the number took a 28% dive to $75 million. Escrow.com CEO Matt Barrie said there was no mystery behind the precipitous slide noting, “The decrease in Q3 sales can almost all be attributed to a drop in multi-million dollar mega domain name transactions, which have been a result of the recent crypto crash and tech wreck."

Barrie added, "Venture capital was down in the third quarter by 53%, for example, so we saw a decline in startups seeking a premium brand to launch. The crypto space also experienced a large decline, and crypto ventures have been a large purchaser of $10 million + domains in the last year. The general climate in domains, which we confirmed at NamesCon recently was that many decided to hang up a sign saying ‘gone fishin’ for the summer”.

The good news is that Escrow.com saw the sales trend reversing over the past month. “Domain sales have shot back up strongly in October with significant sales in the first two weeks of the month," Barrie noted. Escrow also pointed out that sales volume was still up 8% year over year jumping from $449 million in 2021 to $489 million in 2022 (across the trailing 12 months).

The following graph  breaks down Escrow.com's quarterly domain sales volume for the past there years. 

Additional information is available in the full press release that Escrow.com distributed today (.pdf file).

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