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Monday, June 1
 

13:30 EEST

The Pillars of the Internet
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: June 1 : DomainForum Ruse.
Learn here about the basics of the Internet, the domain names, the history and tasks of ICANN.

Moderators
avatar for Iliya Bazlyankov

Iliya Bazlyankov

Chair of the Excom, CORE Association

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Becalli

Andrea Becalli

Stakeholder Engagement Manager - Europe, ICANN
Andrea joined ICANN in 2013. As a member of the Stakeholder Engagement Team, Andrea's responsibilities include working on ICANN's engagement with the European governments, Internet communities, the EU bodies, as well as the European-based IGOs.Prior to working at ICANN, Andrea served... Read More →
avatar for Oliver Elste

Oliver Elste

CEO, Smart-NIC GmbH
Oliver is the CEO of Smart-NIC, a Munich based domain registrar and reseller. In 2010, he founded his company to introduce a literally smarter registrar to the domain industry. Before starting his adventure to become one of the leading German registrars, Oliver held several positions... Read More →
avatar for Stephane Van Gelder

Stephane Van Gelder

Executive Vice President, StartingDot
Stéphane Van Gelder is Executive Vice President of StartingDot, the registry operator for the TLDs .archi, .bio and .ski. Before joining StartingDot, Stéphane was General Manager of Indom, a corporate domain registrar which he cofounded in 1999. He sold the company in 2010 and... Read More →
avatar for Michele Neylon (Blacknight / i2c)

Michele Neylon (Blacknight / i2c)

CEO, Blacknight
Michele Neylon is the founder, owner and CEO of Blacknight, Ireland’s largest domain registrar and hosting provider. Michele is an active and often outspoken member of the Internet industry and the recipient of the 2013 IIA Net Visionary Award.



Monday June 1, 2015 13:30 - 15:00 EEST
DomainForum 2015 Русе/Ruse - University of Ruse University of Ruse Address: 8 Studentska str., Ruse, Bulgaria

15:00 EEST

Coffee Break
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: June 1 : DomainForum Ruse.

Monday June 1, 2015 15:00 - 15:30 EEST
DomainForum 2015 Русе/Ruse - University of Ruse University of Ruse Address: 8 Studentska str., Ruse, Bulgaria

15:30 EEST

New Top level domain names
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: June 1 : DomainForum Ruse.
Learn more about the new top level domain names and related projects.

Moderators
avatar for Iliya Bazlyankov

Iliya Bazlyankov

Chair of the Excom, CORE Association

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Becalli

Andrea Becalli

Stakeholder Engagement Manager - Europe, ICANN
Andrea joined ICANN in 2013. As a member of the Stakeholder Engagement Team, Andrea's responsibilities include working on ICANN's engagement with the European governments, Internet communities, the EU bodies, as well as the European-based IGOs.Prior to working at ICANN, Andrea served... Read More →
avatar for Oliver Elste

Oliver Elste

CEO, Smart-NIC GmbH
Oliver is the CEO of Smart-NIC, a Munich based domain registrar and reseller. In 2010, he founded his company to introduce a literally smarter registrar to the domain industry. Before starting his adventure to become one of the leading German registrars, Oliver held several positions... Read More →
avatar for Stephane Van Gelder

Stephane Van Gelder

Executive Vice President, StartingDot
Stéphane Van Gelder is Executive Vice President of StartingDot, the registry operator for the TLDs .archi, .bio and .ski. Before joining StartingDot, Stéphane was General Manager of Indom, a corporate domain registrar which he cofounded in 1999. He sold the company in 2010 and... Read More →
avatar for Michele Neylon (Blacknight / i2c)

Michele Neylon (Blacknight / i2c)

CEO, Blacknight
Michele Neylon is the founder, owner and CEO of Blacknight, Ireland’s largest domain registrar and hosting provider. Michele is an active and often outspoken member of the Internet industry and the recipient of the 2013 IIA Net Visionary Award.



Monday June 1, 2015 15:30 - 17:00 EEST
DomainForum 2015 Русе/Ruse - University of Ruse University of Ruse Address: 8 Studentska str., Ruse, Bulgaria
 
Tuesday, June 2
 

13:30 EEST

The Pillars of the Internet
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: June 2: DomainForum Varna.
Learn here about the basics of the Internet, the domain names, the history and tasks of ICANN.

Moderators
avatar for Iliya Bazlyankov

Iliya Bazlyankov

Chair of the Excom, CORE Association

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Becalli

Andrea Becalli

Stakeholder Engagement Manager - Europe, ICANN
Andrea joined ICANN in 2013. As a member of the Stakeholder Engagement Team, Andrea's responsibilities include working on ICANN's engagement with the European governments, Internet communities, the EU bodies, as well as the European-based IGOs.Prior to working at ICANN, Andrea served... Read More →
avatar for Oliver Elste

Oliver Elste

CEO, Smart-NIC GmbH
Oliver is the CEO of Smart-NIC, a Munich based domain registrar and reseller. In 2010, he founded his company to introduce a literally smarter registrar to the domain industry. Before starting his adventure to become one of the leading German registrars, Oliver held several positions... Read More →
avatar for Stephane Van Gelder

Stephane Van Gelder

Executive Vice President, StartingDot
Stéphane Van Gelder is Executive Vice President of StartingDot, the registry operator for the TLDs .archi, .bio and .ski. Before joining StartingDot, Stéphane was General Manager of Indom, a corporate domain registrar which he cofounded in 1999. He sold the company in 2010 and... Read More →
avatar for Michele Neylon (Blacknight / i2c)

Michele Neylon (Blacknight / i2c)

CEO, Blacknight
Michele Neylon is the founder, owner and CEO of Blacknight, Ireland’s largest domain registrar and hosting provider. Michele is an active and often outspoken member of the Internet industry and the recipient of the 2013 IIA Net Visionary Award.



Tuesday June 2, 2015 13:30 - 15:00 EEST
DomainForum 2015 Варна/Varna - Graffit Gallery Hotel 65 Knyaz Boris I Blvd., Varna, Bulgaria

15:00 EEST

Coffee Break
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: June 2: DomainForum Varna.

Tuesday June 2, 2015 15:00 - 15:30 EEST
DomainForum 2015 Варна/Varna - Graffit Gallery Hotel 65 Knyaz Boris I Blvd., Varna, Bulgaria

15:30 EEST

New Top level domain names
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: June 2: DomainForum Varna.
Learn more about the new top level domain names and related projects.

Moderators
avatar for Iliya Bazlyankov

Iliya Bazlyankov

Chair of the Excom, CORE Association

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Becalli

Andrea Becalli

Stakeholder Engagement Manager - Europe, ICANN
Andrea joined ICANN in 2013. As a member of the Stakeholder Engagement Team, Andrea's responsibilities include working on ICANN's engagement with the European governments, Internet communities, the EU bodies, as well as the European-based IGOs.Prior to working at ICANN, Andrea served... Read More →
avatar for Oliver Elste

Oliver Elste

CEO, Smart-NIC GmbH
Oliver is the CEO of Smart-NIC, a Munich based domain registrar and reseller. In 2010, he founded his company to introduce a literally smarter registrar to the domain industry. Before starting his adventure to become one of the leading German registrars, Oliver held several positions... Read More →
avatar for Stephane Van Gelder

Stephane Van Gelder

Executive Vice President, StartingDot
Stéphane Van Gelder is Executive Vice President of StartingDot, the registry operator for the TLDs .archi, .bio and .ski. Before joining StartingDot, Stéphane was General Manager of Indom, a corporate domain registrar which he cofounded in 1999. He sold the company in 2010 and... Read More →
avatar for Michele Neylon (Blacknight / i2c)

Michele Neylon (Blacknight / i2c)

CEO, Blacknight
Michele Neylon is the founder, owner and CEO of Blacknight, Ireland’s largest domain registrar and hosting provider. Michele is an active and often outspoken member of the Internet industry and the recipient of the 2013 IIA Net Visionary Award.



Tuesday June 2, 2015 15:30 - 17:00 EEST
DomainForum 2015 Варна/Varna - Graffit Gallery Hotel 65 Knyaz Boris I Blvd., Varna, Bulgaria
 
Wednesday, June 3
 

10:30 EEST

Welcome and Introductions
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Iliya Bazlyankov

Iliya Bazlyankov

Chair of the Excom, CORE Association
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →


Wednesday June 3, 2015 10:30 - 10:35 EEST
DOMAINfest Sofia - 19th Floor - Silhouette Room 100 BLVD "James Boucher" , Sofia

10:35 EEST

Launching a Top Level Domain Brand in 2015
Limited Capacity seats available

Hear about the launch of a new TLD brand,.CLUB from Jeff Sass and perspective from the first year of operation.  From popular websites now adopting and embracing the new TLDs, to understanding the commercial opportunities that registries encounter when bringing a domain name to the marketplace.

Following Jeff's presentation, Jeff is joined by Oliver Elste, Stephane Van Gelder, and Jennie-Marie Larson - each will talk about the the opportunities of branding and launching new domain names into the marketplace, where there are challenges - and where there are opportunities.

Moderators
avatar for Jennie-Marie Larsen

Jennie-Marie Larsen

CEO, DomainDiction
Founder and CEO of DomainDiction Jennie-Marie Larsen is one of the Domain industry’s most experienced and well recognised marketers and communications experts. Larsen has an extensive marketing, PR & business development background in web-based products and services with years... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Oliver Elste

Oliver Elste

CEO, Smart-NIC GmbH
Oliver is the CEO of Smart-NIC, a Munich based domain registrar and reseller. In 2010, he founded his company to introduce a literally smarter registrar to the domain industry. Before starting his adventure to become one of the leading German registrars, Oliver held several positions... Read More →
avatar for Stephane Van Gelder

Stephane Van Gelder

Executive Vice President, StartingDot
Stéphane Van Gelder is Executive Vice President of StartingDot, the registry operator for the TLDs .archi, .bio and .ski. Before joining StartingDot, Stéphane was General Manager of Indom, a corporate domain registrar which he cofounded in 1999. He sold the company in 2010 and... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Sass

Jeff Sass

DotClub


Wednesday June 3, 2015 10:35 - 11:15 EEST
DOMAINfest Sofia - 19th Floor - Silhouette Room 100 BLVD "James Boucher" , Sofia

11:15 EEST

State of the Domain Market and Industry Climate
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about trends in the current aftermarket for domain names. What is going on with new TLDs, what are the sales trends with .COM and ccTLDs? Find out more!. Will also discuss TLD trends, doing business with Bulgarian / regional market as registries. This session will help in understanding the subtleties of the domain market and the regional consumer and marketplace.

Moderators
avatar for Iliya Bazlyankov

Iliya Bazlyankov

Chair of the Excom, CORE Association

Speakers
avatar for Kalin Karakehayov

Kalin Karakehayov

co-founder, Tool.Domains
Co-Founder @ Tool.Domains - LAUNCHub funded Startup - Worlds biggest supplier of expired domain names with SEO value - Age, Backlinks, Authority.
avatar for Vojislav Rodic

Vojislav Rodic

Chair of the Conference of Co-founders, RNIDS
RNIDS, Serbian National Internet Domain Registry .rs and .срб ccTLD
avatar for Christian Voss

Christian Voss

CMO, Sedo
CMO, SEDOIn 2013, Christian Voss became the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Sedo, the global leader in domain trading. Christian has more than twenty years of experience in digital and online marketing specializing in Search Engine Optimization and Domain Trade and Monetization... Read More →


Wednesday June 3, 2015 11:15 - 11:55 EEST
DOMAINfest Sofia - 19th Floor - Silhouette Room 100 BLVD "James Boucher" , Sofia

11:55 EEST

Meet ICANN
Limited Capacity seats available

Who, What, and Why is ICANN? Meet Andrea Becalli, ICANN Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Europe

Moderators
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Becalli

Andrea Becalli

Stakeholder Engagement Manager - Europe, ICANN
Andrea joined ICANN in 2013. As a member of the Stakeholder Engagement Team, Andrea's responsibilities include working on ICANN's engagement with the European governments, Internet communities, the EU bodies, as well as the European-based IGOs.Prior to working at ICANN, Andrea served... Read More →


Wednesday June 3, 2015 11:55 - 12:10 EEST
DOMAINfest Sofia - 19th Floor - Silhouette Room 100 BLVD "James Boucher" , Sofia

12:10 EEST

LUNCH BREAK
Limited Capacity seats available

Conference pause while attendees go to lunch

Wednesday June 3, 2015 12:10 - 13:40 EEST
Choose from the nearby restaurants -Not Included-

13:40 EEST

Ask the Experts
Limited Capacity seats available

Ask the Experts : A facilitated Question and Answer session - Learn about nearly anything you would want to know about the domain name industry.

Moderators
avatar for Jennie-Marie Larsen

Jennie-Marie Larsen

CEO, DomainDiction
Founder and CEO of DomainDiction Jennie-Marie Larsen is one of the Domain industry’s most experienced and well recognised marketers and communications experts. Larsen has an extensive marketing, PR & business development background in web-based products and services with years... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Beltran

Anthony Beltran

COO, 101 Domain
avatar for Stephane Van Gelder

Stephane Van Gelder

Executive Vice President, StartingDot
Stéphane Van Gelder is Executive Vice President of StartingDot, the registry operator for the TLDs .archi, .bio and .ski. Before joining StartingDot, Stéphane was General Manager of Indom, a corporate domain registrar which he cofounded in 1999. He sold the company in 2010 and... Read More →
avatar for Michele Neylon (Blacknight / i2c)

Michele Neylon (Blacknight / i2c)

CEO, Blacknight
Michele Neylon is the founder, owner and CEO of Blacknight, Ireland’s largest domain registrar and hosting provider. Michele is an active and often outspoken member of the Internet industry and the recipient of the 2013 IIA Net Visionary Award.


Wednesday June 3, 2015 13:40 - 14:20 EEST
DOMAINfest Sofia - 19th Floor - Silhouette Room 100 BLVD "James Boucher" , Sofia

14:20 EEST

Marketing, Brands, Domains - The New Normal
Limited Capacity seats available

The "New Normal" is here with domain names.  The "New Normal" has 100s of new domain extensions, in a variety of languages and types.  Some embrace the new, some cling to the comfortable and familiar.

Change means opportunity.  Or pain.  Learn where the trends and opportunities exist from our panel of expert speakers.

Moderators
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Martin Kuechenthal

Martin Kuechenthal

CEO, Lemarit
Martin Kuechenthal is the co-founder and CEO of LEMARIT GmbH, an ICANN accredited registrar and specialist in digital brand protection since 2002. LEMARIT is based in northern Germany.Martin is deeply involved and well connected in the domain industry and he also holds a seat in the... Read More →
avatar for Jennie-Marie Larsen

Jennie-Marie Larsen

CEO, DomainDiction
Founder and CEO of DomainDiction Jennie-Marie Larsen is one of the Domain industry’s most experienced and well recognised marketers and communications experts. Larsen has an extensive marketing, PR & business development background in web-based products and services with years... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Sass

Jeff Sass

DotClub


Wednesday June 3, 2015 14:20 - 15:00 EEST
DOMAINfest Sofia - 19th Floor - Silhouette Room 100 BLVD "James Boucher" , Sofia

15:00 EEST

Coffee Break
Limited Capacity seats available

Sponsored Coffee Break and Networking

Wednesday June 3, 2015 15:00 - 15:15 EEST
DOMAINfest Sofia - 19th Floor - Silhouette Room 100 BLVD "James Boucher" , Sofia

15:15 EEST

Tips for Appraisal, Negotiating and Selling Domain Names
Limited Capacity seats available

Negotiation and the sale are two important activities that can mean the difference of selling a domain for top price, or at incredible discount.

Join our guest speakers as they discuss the art of negotiation and domain name sales.  Learn some tips and techniques to use, and some important things to avoid, when negotiating and selling a domain name. 

Moderators
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brian Michitti

Brian Michitti

Senior Broker, Sedo
In 2011, Brian joined Sedo as a Senior Domain Broker, the global leader in domain trading.  Brian has more than eight years of experience in high value sales, and specializes in high-value brokerage and negotiations.  Before joining Sedo Brian was working in a number of regions... Read More →
NS

Nuno Soares

CEO, Quinv
Nuno Soares his the CEO of Quinv “Domain Investors - Domain Experts” owning a managing a valuable domain portofolio since 2011. Before he did work as Sales Manager at EuroDNS, after working as Key Account Manager from start 2007 until the end of 2009.Prior to joining EuroDNS... Read More →


Wednesday June 3, 2015 15:15 - 15:55 EEST
DOMAINfest Sofia - 19th Floor - Silhouette Room 100 BLVD "James Boucher" , Sofia

15:55 EEST

Closing Remarks, Giveaway Drawing and Thanks
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a prize drawing, a summary of the day's discussions and activities, and information on the NamesCon 2016 in Las Vegas in January of 2016.

Speakers
avatar for Iliya Bazlyankov

Iliya Bazlyankov

Chair of the Excom, CORE Association
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →


Wednesday June 3, 2015 15:55 - 16:00 EEST
DOMAINfest Sofia - 19th Floor - Silhouette Room 100 BLVD "James Boucher" , Sofia

16:00 EEST

DOMAINfest Sofia No-Host Social Activity
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: June 3: DOMAINfest 2015 София/Sofia - VIP Post-Conference Dinner.
Open Social Time - Socialize with other DOMAINfest attendees in the lobby bar at the Kempinski.

Wednesday June 3, 2015 16:00 - 19:20 EEST
DOMAINfest Sofia - 19th Floor - Silhouette Room 100 BLVD "James Boucher" , Sofia

19:25 EEST

DOMAINfest Sofia VIP Dinner Bus @LOBBY
Limited Capacity seats available

VIP Dinner Participants, be at the front of Lobby for the bus to the Mountain restaurant. (Requires VIP RSVP Registration for Post-Conference Dinner in advance)

Wednesday June 3, 2015 19:25 - 19:55 EEST
Sofia Kempinski Marinela - Main Room

19:55 EEST

DOMAINfest Sofia VIP Dinner @Vodenitsata Mountain Restaurant
Limited Capacity seats available

VIPs who signed up to join will be able to enjoy Dinner with the Speakers and other conference participants at Sofia's mountain restaurant. Limited Space, do RSVP! Vodenitsata Restaurant kv. Dragalevtsi, park Vitosha, Sofia (Requires VIP RSVP Registration for Post-Conference Dinner in advance)

Wednesday June 3, 2015 19:55 - 21:55 EEST
Vodenitsata Restaurant - kv. Dragalevtsi, park Vitosha, Sofia

22:25 EEST

DOMAINfest Sofia VIP Post-Dinner @The Corner Bar
Limited Capacity seats available

VIPs after-dinner social activity at a popular local location that holds the character and distinct warmth of Sofia's nightlife culture.

Wednesday June 3, 2015 22:25 - Thursday June 4, 2015 00:55 EEST
The Corner Bar - 35 Nikola Vaptzarov blvd, 8th floor, Sofia