Next conference will be held in Washington D.C. June 2009.
Yesterday on DNJournal Ron Jackson wrote about the next Domain Roundtable conference, which will be held in Washington D.C. Jackson points out that this is a good venue because Washington will play an important role in the future of the domain name industry (have we forgotten about the Snowe bill yet?).
But this is not uncharted territory for Domain Roundtable, and is a signal that Domain Roundtable is heading back to its roots. When I attended Domain Roundtable in April 2006, the event was packed with “non-domainers” including policy wonks, registries, and lawyers. Even Vint Cerf was there. But the focus changed after that show as it moved to cater to a strictly domainer crowd. Personally, I think the quality of the show deteriorated as the conference’s main point of differentiation from other domain conferences disappeared.
This conference won’t just be about policy. It will be about domaining, too. But I find it much more fulfilling to go to a conference that isn’t just a bunch of domainers.
The show was acquired by Thought Convergence (parent company of TrafficZ) when it acquired Name Intelligence (parent company of Domain Tools). The company made a strategic decision to bring the conference back to its roots, and I commend it for this decision. The shows tagline, “Where everyone comes together”, is an apt description.