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Kevin Murphy, August 3, 2011, 17:54:21 (UTC), Domain Services

I have four free passes for the upcoming conference, a total value of $4,000, which I will be giving away to lucky DomainIncite readers over the coming week.
The conference, the first in Europe to focus purely on the opportunities and challenges in ICANN’s new generic top-level domains program, is due to run September 26-27 in Munich, Germany.
The organizer, United-Domains, has generously offered to give four free “Full Conference” passes to DI readers. These are currently selling for €699 ($1,000) each.
The passes include full access to the panels (which will all be conducted in English) and the exhibits, as well as dinner, lunches and ample networking opportunities.
The prizes do not include transport to or accommodation in Munich. The passes also do not include the social event at the Oktoberfest beer festival scheduled for the second night.
See the site for ticket details.
I’ve agreed to participate in two of the conference panel discussions, but don’t let that put you off.
Competition Day One
There will be four random draws conducted over the coming week, with one ticket for each winner.
To be in with a chance to win the first pass, simply leave a comment on this post answering the following questions:

1) Which new gTLD(s) do you think will be successful?
2) Why?

You can define “successful” in any way you want. I will use the random number sequence generator at to select the winning order of comments, so there’s no “correct” or “best” answer.
It doesn’t have to be an already-announced gTLD bid. Any string(s) you think will be successful as a gTLD is acceptable. If you want to plug your own application, that’s okay too.
But anybody who answers “1) .com, 2) because it’s king” will be automatically disqualified.
The closing time for entries is 1159 UTC, Sunday August 7, judged by the time-stamp on the comment. The winner will be announced here on Monday. One entry per person.
Make sure to leave your comment using a genuine email address, as that is the method I’ll use to hook the winner up with the conference organizers.
The draw will be completely fair, so no asking for favors. In true ICANN spirit, if I suspect “gaming” is going on I reserve the right to unilaterally change the rules.
Okay, let’s see how this goes…

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Comments (21)

  1. Adi says:

    .xxx – Because the industry has enough money to build a strong web presence.

  2. Elliot says:

    If they can succeed with local marketing efforts, I could see .nyc doing very well. I could also see other .geos like .paris selling a whole lot of domain names.

  3. Rob Golding says:

    >1) Which new gTLD(s) do you think will be successful?
    In the first pass the restrictive “big-corp” sTLDS – .cannon, .hp etc
    >2) Why?
    There wont be a dozen potential registries fighting over who is “entitled” to the domain extension, plus they have the financial clout to handle teh £10k/month+ cost or running a new TLD

  4. TAG says:

    1. It’s short
    2. It has global appeal
    3. Quickly developing economy
    4. hosting world cup
    5. Hosting Olympics
    6. They are cleaning up the city
    7. IT’S SEXY !

  5. Martin says:

    .Gay because the people organizing it are focused, serious, and competent, and serve a well defined audience.
    .NYC because the city has a strong commitment, deep resources, a solid understanding of what itwants to do, and ultimately because it is one of the great cities on earth with enough offerings to fill an entire tld
    .Love might not, for lack of clarity of purpose and function at the moment, but i really hope it does. Ditto for .earth and .one

  6. Mary Iqbal says:

    Because it will provide a necessary service.

  7. Sunny Gandem says:

    As many of us are curious and also would like to be part of what’s going to happen next/in future, these ones might be successful.

  8. Michael says:

    If success is defined by the value it offersthe Internet community and notby the number of registrations then I think that a cause based TLD like .Eco or .HIV will be the most successful as they will revolutionize the way we interest with charities online and show our support, ushering in a new era.

  9. Matthias says:

    Here’re my 2 cents…
    .hotel, because it’s targeting all kinds of hotels and it’s more specific than .travel
    .shop, because it’s a good extension for all kinds of retail organisations.
    and probably also
    .free, well, because its free.

  10. Elad says:

    1) .bank
    2) If it is successfully launched and applied, it will potentially increase security for every banking institution in the world and should it prove to be successful in increasing security, a bank would be willing to pay a higher renewal fee for these domain names.

  11. blurayking says:

    I guess .movie, because the movie company will adopt it very fast

  12. Not Offline says:

    probably .nyc … there’s just something about nyc that attracts a lot of businesses. it’s like that feel of being prime business if you’re in nyc and that’s just it.

  13. None of them.
    Because of brand fatigue.

  14. Iain Taylor says:

    It is understood internationally and is specific in nature.

  15. JP says:

    Any “green” or related TLD, so .ECO has a good to make money.

  16. Alfredo says:

    I feel confidence with .bcn
    We already have the experience with .cat. Here some companies use bcn in the domains. It is a common way to say Barcelona.
    Anyway, whatever geoTLD will be successful.

  17. Jim says:

    Because the big winners in all this will be ICANN and their executives/ex-officio/insiders etc. who milk this cash cow for all it is worth! 😉

  18. Insider says:

    Agreed Jim

  19. Drew says:

    I could see .law being quite successful. There are many lawyers, law students, law firms, law directories, legal publications and dozens of other types of stakeholder categories comprising the addressable market in law. Semantically speaking, if I’m a lawyer, what better way to stamp my name to my profession, particularly if registration requires validation of my professional credentials on a community basis.

  20. Narendra sen says:
    2. For security and easy identification and trust in name.

  21. Sid Ohri says:

    because it has global appeal and focused on a largely untapped market in India

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