That was the assessment of one participant at the Beyond the Dot 2014 conference Wednesday, February 19 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The conference focused on the effect of new top-level domains on average Internet users and drew a capacity crowd of over 150, several well-received speakers, and multiple media stories. In Washington D.C., #beyondthedot was even trending on Twitter.
Part 1: What’s Beyond the Dot?
8:00am – 9:00am
Registration and Breakfast
9:00am – 9:10am
Welcome and Introduction
Ms. Kathy Baird, SVP, Social@Ogilvy
9:10am – 9:45am
Mr. Jim Messina, Campaign Manager, 2012 Obama Re-Election Campaign
9:45am – 10:45am
Panel Discussion: “Erasing Geographic and Linguistic Boundaries: .GEOOs and Community-Driven Generics”
Moderator: Ms. Kathy Baird, SVP, Social@Ogilvy
Mr. Shaul Jolles, CEO, Dot Latin, LLC, .UNO
Mr. Will Martinez, Director .GOP Registry, Republican State Leadership Committee, .GOP
Mr. Jeff Neuman, Vice President, Registry Services at Neustar, Inc., .NYC
Mr. Scott Seitz, President, dotgat LLC, .GAY
Mr. Nils Wollny, Managing Director Strategy, SinnerSchrader, .HIV
10:45am – 11:15am
11:15am – 12:00pm
Panel Discussion: “Governments and gTLDs: New Frontiers of Regulation?”
Moderator: Mr. David McAuley, Legal Editor, Electronic Commerce & Law Report, Bloomberg BNA
Dr. Richard C. Beaird, Sr. International Policy Advisor, Wiley Rein, LLP
Mr. Steve Del Bianco, Executive Director, NetChoice
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch & Panel Discussion: “Corporate Leadership Discusses Beyond the Dot”
Moderator: The Honorable John Negroponte, Former United States Deputy Secretary of State
Mr. Guy R. Fridell, III, Executive Vice President, Domanion Enterprises
Mr. Sami Hassanyeh, Chief Digital Officer, AARP, Inc.
Mr. Scott Jensen, Sr. Director of Interactive Marketing, Extra Space Storage, Inc.
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Panel Discussion: “The Right Stuff: Corporate Management of a gTLD”
Moderator: Mr. Thomas O’Toole, Managing Editor, Electronic Commerce & Law Report, Bloomberg BNA
Mr. Sean Baseri, Senior Product Manager, Neustar, Inc.
Mr. Erwin Cruz, Dir. Intellectual Property Strategy & Management, W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Mr. Geoff Noakes, Vice President of Business Development, Symantec
Mr. Guillaume Pahud, Director of Digital Projects, Richemont International SA
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Panel Discussion: “What is ICANN and What is Its Role?”
Moderator: Ms. Erin Mershon, POLITICO Pro Technology Reporter
Mr. Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Divison, ICANN
Dr. Laura DeNardis, Internet governance scholar and Professor in the School of Communication at American University
3:00pm – 3:30pm
Part 2: Who’s Beyond the Dot?
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Panel Discussion: “Global Perspectives on What Lies Beyond the Dot”
Moderator: Ms. Sarah Langstone, Director of Strategic Partnerships, VERISIGN
Mr. Jordyn Buchanan, gTLD Guy, Google
The Honorable Erika Mann, Board of Directors, ICANN (Invited)
Mr. Peter Van De Wielle, Marketing Manager, TMCH-CHIP
Mr. Nils Wollny, Managing Director Strategy, SinnerSchrader
4:15pm – 5:00pm
Panel Discussion: “What Lies Beyond the Dot for Internet Users?”
Moderator: Ms. Kathy Baird
Ms. Anjali Hansen, Deputy General Counsel at the Council of Better Business Bureaus
Mr. Ray King, Founder, ICANN Wiki, & CEO, Top Level Design, LLC.
Ms. Melissa Madigan, Policy & Communications Director, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
Ms. Christie Susko, Professor, George Washington University School of Business Past President of the American Marketing Association, DC Chapter (AMADC)
“Please extend kudos to the entire FW team, a spectacular execution of a wonderful event.”
Erwin Cruz – Director, Intellectual Property Strategy & Management, W.W. Grainger, Inc.
” … kudos to you and your team’s efforts to pull together what was a great event!”
Andy Weissberg – CEO DotHealth
“You put on an amazing conference, and I was blown-away by the quality of the people you had there.”
Thomas O’Toole – Managing Editor Electronic Commerce & Law, BloombergBNA
“You guys thought of (every) detail and put (together) an agenda that was extremely relevant. I have yet to be (at) a conference that absolutely everybody felt was well done. Well, here it was the consensus. Well done.”
Shaul Jolles – CEO DotLatin, .UNO