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.Nxt conference cancellation

It is with the greatest regret that we are announcing the cancellation of the .Nxt London conference, scheduled for 29-31 August.

Ongoing uncertainty over the new gTLD process run by ICANN - the focus of the conference - has led to fewer sponsors and confirmed attendees than at our previous two conferences and so made the event as originally planned untenable.

We would like to sincerely apologize to all attendees and sponsors. We are attempting to personally contact all those that planned to attend and will do what we can to limit the impact of the cancellation.

In order to capture months of work and provide value to the Internet community, our intent is to run some of the conference's planned sessions online, rather than in-person, over the next few months. More details will be provided as we have them.

Extensive analysis of the process, as well as ongoing Internet policy and governance issues, will also be provided on the .Nxt website.

For more information on this news, please go here. If you have any concerns or questions please contact us at conference@dot-nxt.com.

Yours sincerely

Kieren McCarthy
CEO, .Nxt

Agenda for London Conference

Wednesday 29 AUGUST
10:00 – 6:00 Registration Desk Open
10:00 – 3:00 Exhibitor Set-up

The Business of Launching a New gTLD

Applying for and getting a new Internet extension is just the start. Understanding the economics of launching and running a registry in the real world is your next big challenge.

Making the Cut: gTLD Evaluations

All new gTLD applications will go through multiple evaluations that will decide if they can go forward, need revising, or have failed. Find out what those evaluations are, who will be making them, and how. Understanding the process could be the difference between success and failure.

2:30 – 2:45 Coffee break
2:45 - 3:45 POLICY PROCESS

Influencing Policy Outcomes

A number of elements of the new gTLD process remain unresolved. Hear from professionals on how they work toward having their voices heard in policy discussions, including insider tips, past successes and failures, as well as knowing when to shout and when to smile.

Protections and Objections

Learn how to protect your trademark through this explosion in domain names, as well as evaluate and monitor the objection process that applies to all new gTLD applications, including how to file your own objections.

3:45 – 4:15 Coffee break

Lessons from a CEO

Stuart Lawley
CEO, ICM Registry

Very few people have ever run a top-level domain. Hear from the CEO of the most controversial ever launched, including the struggle to get it approved and what he is doing to make it the best Internet extension out there. Great stories and insights assured.

Conflicts and Disputes

Of the1,930 new gTLD applications, 751 of them are involved in a conflict with at least one other party. Review the approaches being taken to resolve them, both formal and informal, as well as both existing and new dispute mechanisms in place for contested domain names.

6:00 - 7:30 Welcome Cocktails - JB's Restaurant
Thursday 30 AUGUST
8:00 – 6:00 Registration Desk Open
9:00 – 10:00

Welcome and Keynote

We are finally beginning to see the structure of an exciting new multi-billion-dollar market in Internet names.

.Nxt CEO Kieren McCarthy will welcome attendees to the conference and introduce its keynote speaker, who will provide insights into this extraordinary explosion of the domain name system.

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee Break
10:15 – 11:15

Addressing the Future: domain names now and into the future

Addresses on the Internet are about to undergo a radical transformation. Join this main session as three experts present on the current domain name market, what we know so far of the new gTLD industry, and what the domain name system of the future looks like. Followed by an interactive discussion.

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break

The Price is Right

Fundamental to the new gTLD market will be economics. How much do you charge per domain, and how does that impact the number of customers? How do you differentiate and value premium domains? What do you do to make the most economically of your new registry?

Looking Forward

An in-depth session looking at changes coming to the domain name industry, including: new business models; new registry and registrar services and relationships; and the threat to the industry itself from different ways of using and accessing the Internet, whether search engines or apps.

The Internet Governance Forum and its Future

This annual forum has become the global focal point for Internet governance issues. Find out about how it works, what changes it is going through and why you may wish to attend this year's IGF in November.

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch

Reaching the Finish Line

A number of processes stand in between your application and appearing live on the Internet: public comment periods, evaluations, objections, disputes and then, finally, delegation. Find out about each and what you need to do to get through each.

SOPA and What it Means for Internet Policy

The extraordinary push-back by Internet voices to the SOPA Bill in the US Congress was a watershed in Internet policy and online democracy. Or was it? Are we looking a different world post-SOPA? And if so, how does it differ from the old one?

Lessons from a CEO

Juan Diego Calle
CEO, .CO Internet

Hear from the man who took a tiny registry and developed it into a global brand in two short years. Its success was built on innovation and ignoring received industry wisdom - find out what that was and what lessons he learnt on the way.

3:00 – 3:30 Coffee Break

The Brand Experience

Brands may be the big game-changer in the world of top-level domains. But what are the world's biggest companies planning to do with their names? We will see a wave of new innovations? Or just hundreds of brand-web-spaces? Come and find out.


WCIT and Internet Governance

In December at the WCIT conference, the ITU will revise the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) and, some fear, start to pull the Internet under greater governmental control. Is this threat real or perceived? What are the ITRs anyway? How do you follow events at the ITU and what do you do if you are concerned about the direction things are going in?

Running a Top-Level Domain

As an applicant, you have probably outsourced all the technical requirements, but it can only help to get an understanding of how things actually work. Hear from the people that run registries about how the realities of running a piece of the Internet's core infrastructure.

8:30 – 3:30 Registration Desk Open
9:00 – 10:00

New gTLD Showcase

A panel of gTLD experts will provide live feedback and advice to a select group of gTLD applicants covering everything from sensible pricing and business models to winning over big registrars to promote your extension. If you are an applicant, this is your chance to start promoting yourself to the industry and beyond, as well as gain personalized expert advice from those that know the domain name industry the best. Apply now to be considered.

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee break

Marketing Your Way to Success

Effective marketing will be key to new gTLD success. So what can you do now and in preparation for launch to reach your customers and persuade them to register your domains? Learn from some of the best in the industry.

Internationalized Domain Names

Internationalized Domain Names, or IDNs, represent an extraordinary opportunity to reach non-English speaking Internet community by providing them with full Internet addresses in their own language. Review what IDNs have been applied for and gain valuable insights into the rapidly expanding online market in Asia and the Middle East.


The Registry Market

The new gTLD process will create a competitive market for registry services to match the highly competitive registrar market. So what does it look like, what are the key differentiators, and how do you get the best deal for your business?

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break

Getting to Market

You may have the finest extension in the world but it means little if people can't register your domains. Should registrars be your new best friends? How does the market really work? And what are the tried and tested methods to domain name success?

A Critical Look at Legislation

A review and discussion on what is coming down the legislative pipeline globally with respect to Internet policy and related issues, as well as how it will impact your business and what you can do to make sure that new law does not become bad law.



Talk to the techs

What is DNSSEC and how much will it cost you? What can you actually do with a piece of the DNS and what can you not? Here's your opportunity to quiz the Internet's best technical brains.

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch
2:00 – 3:00

Taking Stock

An interactive session that will see all the sessions over the course of week report back into the room and an open conversation held over the lessons and threads they have heard. A summary of the three days that should give people plenty of food for thought.

3:00 - 4:30 Farewell Reception - JB's Restaurant
3:00 – 5:00 Exhibitors take-down