A handy guide to choosing conference sessions and some of my picks.
The agenda for next week’s NamesCon conference in Las Vegas appears to be basically finalized. For the first time in many years, I’m actually excited about attending some of the sessions rather than just networking with people in the hallways.
Selecting sessions is challenging, especially since there will be three simultaneous breakout sessions.
Here’s how I went about selecting which sessions I’ll attend:
1. Read the title to make sure the topic is interesting to me, and that it hasn’t been a topic at every previous domain conference.
2. See who’s on the panel. This is the most important part, and leads to a multi-factor decision.
a) Have I heard these people talk on a lot of panels before? If so, I’ll probably skip.
b) Do the people on the panel seem like experts on the given topic?
c) Does the panel have too many people? If so, it’s unlikely to allow for a good discussion.
d) Am I on the panel? Then I should probably go.
With this in mind, here are a few of the many sessions I plan to attend because the meet my requirements. You might find others better meet your own guidelines.
Tuesday, 11:15 – Meet the new gTLDs – I don’t know most of the people on this panel, and it’s the first glimpse we’ll get into plans for a number of top level domain names. I’m especially interested to hear about .luxury ever since the company’s pre-order pricing was posted to GoDaddy.
Tuesday, 2:05 – I’m torn between “New TLDs+Domainers: The Opportunities” and “Meet the New TLDs – Geographic and IDN.” I’m particularly curious what TLDH’s Fred Krueger has to say about the first issue, and to learn about the geographic TLDs in the other session.
Tuesday, 4:00 – “Dude, Seriously? What were you thinking” – Forget the title and description. The bottom line is this is a panel full of lawyers. And at domain conferences, those are usually interesting.
Tuesday, 4:50 – Frank Schilling keynote – because I want to learn about the evolution of AM and FM radio.
Wednesday, 9:45 – Jodee Rich keynote – Jodee is behind the .ceo application. .CEO is one of those new TLDs that makes me scratch my head, wondering what purpose it serves and who would actually use one. Which is why I think it’s fair to hear him out as he explains “why you will want your .CEO domain”.
Wednesday, 10:15 – ShoeMoney keynote – I’ve followed ShoeMoney for a while, and the bottom line is he has a really interesting story. I don’t know if he’ll actually discuss new TLDs, affiliate marketing, or perhaps what he ate for breakfast. But I’m looking forward to hearing him speak.
Wednesday 11:55 – Meet the Industry Press – sure to be the must attend session of the conference.