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Win free tickets to the newdomains.org conference

Kevin Murphy, September 12, 2013, 18:20:51 (UTC), Domain Services

DI has three tickets to the upcoming new gTLDs conference newdomains.org to give away to three lucky readers, courtesy of organizer United-Domains.

It’s the second newdomains.org event. The first, in 2011, was pretty good but hampered slightly by being scheduled before the ICANN new gTLD program officially kicked off.

With new gTLDs likely to be in the root by the time this year’s conference rolls around in October, the chance of good conversation and some productive networking is likely to be much improved.

Speakers on the agenda include ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade and Google’s Jordyn Buchanan, as well as many senior domain name industry executives, and me.

The event runs from October 28 to 29 at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost in Munich, Germany.

Our giveaway covers tickets for the conference (valued at €821.10 each) but not the cost of your transport or accommodation, so if you can’t make it, please don’t enter.

To be in with a chance of winning, just leave a comment on this post completing the following sentence:

The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be…

We’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner early next week.

UPDATE 9/16: Entries are now closed. Winners will be selected on Tuesday.

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Comments (45)

  1. The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be getting registrars to implement/sell the new gTLDs.

    (Thus a lot of registries will be setting up their own retail operations.)

  2. Andrew Merriam says:

    The biggest challenge to new gTLDs next year will be education. . . or search . . . or obstruction . . . or . . .

  3. Vladimir Shadrunov says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be the sustainability of the registry businesses.

  4. John Berryhill says:

    …endlessly entertaining.

  5. Colin says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be getting the attention of 3 billion internet users. It would be nice to ICANN to take 1% of the money that have collected to support all of the names coming to market.

    Colin Campbell,
    CEO.club

  6. Jim Prendergast says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be building trust and acceptance.

  7. John Berryhill says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be continued argument over whether “to be in with a chance of winning, just leave a comment on this post” is, or is not, exclusive of one person leaving multiple comments.

  8. MJ Keukelaar says:

    …or his wife.

  9. Mory says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be… to differentiate/separate themselves from their immediate new competitors.

  10. Philip Corwin says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be…getting registrant recognition in an over-saturated retail marketplace.

  11. The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be…to collect all the information on every single string in regards to technical, marketing and sales aspects for implementation into our registrar system.

  12. Michael Palage says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be… ICANN, including but not limited to ICANN Board, ICANN staff, ICANN GAC, ICANN GNSO, ICANN ALAC, etc.

  13. Phil Buckingham says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be … all of the above

    Senior Domain Name Industry Executive
    Day 2 15.30 Channel B

  14. Chris LaHatte says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be…thinking about the next round of applications and applying lessons learned in the first round

  15. Scott Alliy says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be marketing. Getting found in a sea of new GTLD extensions will be harder than most registrars ever thought. There are two ways to succeed in this area. Be where qualified buyers are or make it easy for them to find you.

    Will be interesting to see which get it… And get it right! When it comes to marketing.

  16. The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be providing one-stop-shop buying experience for a given TLD with the value add-on products.
    (Plumber want to buy plumbing domain but not .somethingELSE)

  17. Joe Alagna says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be simply making the general public aware of their existence! How will a basic Internet user know that there is a .love but not a .lover. So many choices will leave consumers and merchants constantly guessing. I don’t think choice is bad but I do think that having so many choices will lead people to think they can get just about anything they want (and many times they won’t be able to get an ending they might exist).

    • John Berryhill says:

      Joe, your subconscious called, and asked you stop letting it post on blogs:

      “How will a basic Internet user know that there is a .love but not a .lover. […] I don’t think choice is bad but I do think that having so many choices will lead people to think they can get just about anything they want…”

      How many people, faced with the possibility of love without a lover, or a lover without love, have indeed been led to think they can get just about anything they want.

  18. Joe Davison says:

    The biggest challenge to new gTLDs next year will be making the public aware of them, demand them, and prefer them over their current choices.

  19. Andrew Brier says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be…

    standing out from the crowd.

  20. Music Fan says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be…

    “His Grandiloquence the Nabob of MySpace”

    You got to give this to me, Kevin 🙂

  21. Justin Huta says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be…

    the same challenge for all other TLDs. My iphone keyboard has a “.com” button =)

  22. zack says:

    …applicants actually having their TLD delegated…

  23. dbdaniel says:

    Let’s see what happens!

  24. ro says:

    Getting thru the ICANN process and getting delegated.

  25. Tony Onorato says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be…the first PICDRP against Donuts in connection with its Spec 11 commitment to “monitor the TLD for abusive behavior and address it as soon as possible if detected,” and whether its feet will be held to the fire, making policing the new norm for open registries. That, or making sure [cough] the IGOs are adequately protected.

  26. ChuckWagen says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be what to do with all the g–damn CASH.

  27. The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be contracting and logistical delays.

    Overall I think the positives far out way the challenges next year. Onwards!

  28. Jeff Sass says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be… education of businesses, marketers and consumers that new TLD’s are available. Creating a mindset to grab a great name and not “wait” to see what other TLD’s are coming….

  29. Dirk Bhagat says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be the huge amount of marketing dollars required to cut through the noise and gain traction.

  30. Sid Ohri says:

    The biggest challenge (and opportunity) facing new gTLDs next year will be embracing this new gTLD world and understanding how things have operated in the past will not suffice in the present and the future.

  31. Frederick Harris says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be…to convince skeptics that the money each gTLD applicant spends on its ICANN application and related promotions isn’t a fool’s errand.

  32. The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be…

  33. The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be to find committed resellers for selling the dozens of new tlds.

  34. The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year, whatever they are, will look like insignificant speedbumps compared to the decade long gauntlet of frustration would-be applicants and new G’s have passed through. There will be demand from the 99% of the global population that doesn’t have a domain yet, these names will get found after some initial hurdles and they will get more successful with each passing year. It’s a downhill sprint for the next 20 years and it begins in 2014 – Wheeeeeee : )

  35. Ray King says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be…Pygmy Goats. Sure, new domain names will be shorter on the whole, but Pygmys are even shorter, and clearly more useful.

  36. tom barrett says:

    Actually, I’ve attempted to answer this question on another blog here:

    http://www.circleid.com/posts/20130912_you_just_signed_a_registry_contract_with_icann_what_are_your_plans/

    I will also be at the new domains conference. See you there.

  37. Joe says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be… An issue that has hardly been imagined as of yet. The fact that no one has considered it, or is prepared for it, will only amplify its impact when it emerges in the next six months or so. Like the rest of you, I wish I knew what it will be.

  38. Colin C says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be building trust and finding cut through to separate themselves from each other

  39. Elmar Knipp says:

    … to pitch them to registrars.

  40. Aaron Grego says:

    The biggest challenge facing new gTLDs next year will be to create awareness all around the world, in every country, every language and be able to get the general public to understand their choices.

  41. Scott Alliy says:

    When it comes to the new GTLDs and education awareness and marketing activities I would ask all potential players registries, service providers etc. that stand to gain from the success of the program the following.

    If you plan to get in on the GTLD success story “when would be a good time to start.”