The second annual DOMAINfest Global conference was held in Hollywood, California from January 21 through 24, 2008. The power-packed agenda included educational sessions, inspirational keynote speakers, premium domain name auctions, and creative networking events. It was a truly global event, with over 700 attendees from 26 different countries.

DOMAINfest Global’s status as an important industry event was re-affirmed by the presence of media heavy-hitters like Fortune, the New York Times, and the LA Times.

“Great conference, great networking, [and] small enough to get to know people.” - Attendee

The event ballroom was completely filled with attendees eager to hear speakers John Battelle and Frank Schilling share their insights in the domain industry. In addition, session rooms were packed with attendees interested in hearing what the panels of highly respected industry leaders had to say about issues directly impacting the domain name industry. Session topics were tailored to appeal to domainers at every level of experience, and provided fodder for ongoing discussions at each of the meals and networking events. Of course, the exhibit hall also offered attendees a tremendous opportunity to network with sponsors eager to discuss their new products and services.

“The DOMAINfest team put on an excellent conference this year. Attendees were educated and entertained, and yet the greatest thing about the event was the opportunity to meet and network with others in the domain name industry.” –Speaker

The first-ever SnapNames Live Auction was introduced at DOMAINfest Global 2008. Thanks to new and unique technology offered by SnapNames, bidders were allowed to participate in the auction remotely via a specially designed, real-time web interface. The interface allowed remote bidders and curious onlookers to watch all the action with a live audio/video feed.

With the room filled to capacity during each of the two separate SnapNames Live Auctions, bidders purchased nearly $3.2 million in premium domain names. The highest selling names included ($300,000), ($195,000), ($100,000), ($90,000), and ($80,000). Top hammer price for the event was $400,000 for Valuable premium names were also sold in the SnapNames Extended Silent Auction held during the week after DOMAINfest Global.

“An excellent conference which easily exceeded my expectations. Great to meet so many folks in person that I’d only known via e-mail, blogs, and phone calls.”


DOMAINfest Global will return to Hollywood in January 2009. Visit for dates and details. With the huge momentum established this past January, the 2009 event promises to be bigger and better.

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