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Confirmed: .nxt conference canceled

Kevin Murphy, August 23, 2012, 08:35:38 (UTC), Domain Services

The .nxt conference on new gTLDs has indeed been canceled, according to organizer Kieren McCarthy.

The show was expected to run next week, August 29-31, in London, following two successful events in San Francisco last year.

It was originally expected to run in June, but was postponed in May due to ICANN-related program delays.

I had planned to hold off posting the news until I had the full details, but I’ve received several emails this morning from people wondering what was going on so I thought I’d share what I know.

McCarthy is currently phoning attendees individually to explain the situation, so if you’re already a paid-up delegate I expect you’ll be getting a call soon. An announcement is expected later today.

ARI Registry Services tweeted this morning that .nxt is not offering refunds, but I cannot confirm that at this time.

More when we get it…

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Comments (3)

  1. The first paragraph of their explanation is very telling:

    “Why have you cancelled?

    The number of sponsors and confirmed attendees were not sufficient to cover the cost of the conference. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to bridge the financial gap.”

    In other words, they would have lost money. Anyone who is serious about business knows that there’s a risk of losing money. Instead of taking that loss in cash, it was decided to take the loss in credibility/reputation.

    • Rubens Kuhl says:

      At least someone got an e-mail. No e-mail, tweet, phone call or smoke sign for me so far.

      Well, it seems we need an ENGCO counterpart to EBERTO. ENGCO is the Emergency New GTLD Conferece Operator.

  2. Yeehaaa says:

    My hotel and flight weren’t refund in June. Happy to not have registered this conference again.

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