I got a peak
behind the curtain today when I signed into a rehearsal session
for speakers, designed to familiarize us with the platform so we will know
what to expect when we hit the virtual stage later this week (in my case,
that will be at 11:30am Thursday (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) when Giuseppe
and I will get together for an in-depth discussion about The State of
the Domain Aftermarket). I was immediately struck by how easy it was
to enter the Backstage area where the technical hosts make sure any
camera or microphone issues are fixed before your session goes live.
I’ve often had
technical problems on other platforms but things could not have gone
smoother on the StreamYard foundation NamesCon is using. You simply
select your camera and microphone from a drop down list of the equipment
attached to your computer, see a confirmation both are working, and you’re
good to go. You then wait a few minutes in this virtual green room until it
is time for you move onto the live stage. There are no pre-produced
videos for this show which – like walking a high wire with no net –
requires a great deal of confidence in your platform. Things could go awry,
but if they do the experienced tech team says they are ready to handle
anything that happens.
rehearsal we had people from all corners of the world on together and
everyone looked and sounded great in high def video and crisp
sound. No choppy video, static-muddled sound, etc. In their ads for the
conference NamesCon states – This is No Webinar, This is No Zoom
Meeting, this is NamesCon Online! ….and now I see what they
mean – there is a very noticeable difference and it is a good one.
NamesCon President & CEO Soeren von Varchmin and his team
obviously decided that upholding the NamesCon brand made it imperative for
them to go big, so no one logs in, finds disappointment, and decides
to go home (of course, they are already home, so I probably could
have used a better metaphor, but you know what I mean)!
is the view I will have from my “front row seat” at NamesCon
Online this week – and also the view from the “virtual stage”
I will be on for a session with Giuseppe Graziano Thursday morning.
end result is a show
agenda jammed with over 50
top notch speakers, content covering
every aspect of the domain business in
every major region of the world
and, of course, a live domain auction.
It all starts with the Welcome
Session Wednesday morning at 11am
(US Eastern Daylight Time) where Soeren
von Varchmin will be joined by
moderators Braden Pollock, Bill
Sweetman, Christa Taylor, Michael
Cyger and Jay Paudyal who
will tell you how to make the most of
your time at NamesCon Online.
we will all miss seeing each other face
to face, but I expect this to be the
very best replication of the show
experience possible with today’s
technology. Plus, there is a silver
lining to this virtual cloud. A registration
fee of just $59 (and free
if you are a first time NamesCon
attendee)! That should make taking a
NamesCon seat in the comfort of your own
home or office this week a no-brainer.
Hope to see you there!