First Dedicated Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Event & Auction Announced

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Agenda features topics on valuing, buying, selling, and monetizing non-Latin domain names. Catch the next domain gold rush!

This is the biggest change technically to the Internet since it was invented 40 years ago. today announced IDN Event, a networking and educational event focused on Internationalized Domain Names . The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 30, 2010, at Haru’s exclusive 280 Park Avenue location in Manhattan, and will be followed by a dedicated online IDN domain name auction.

Featured sponsors of the event and auction include©, Moniker®, Snapnames® and IDN Tools. Early registration is open through October 20 at for $99 and includes a sushi dinner. After October 20, registration will be $275. The online auction at will open October 27 and close at 3:15 p.m. US Eastern time on November 3.

Featured domains include:

(Bank).com in Japanese
(Sakai).com in Japanese
(Love).com in Japanese
(Dirham).com in Arabic
(London).com in Japanese
(Health Insurance).jp in Japanese
(White).com in Japanese
(Refinancing).jp in Japanese
(Help).com in Japanese
(Foreclosure).jp in Japanese
(Adult Film).com in Chinese
(Sale).com in Japanese
(Bangkok).jp in Japanese
(Caribbean).jp in Japanese
(Cancun).jp in Japanese
(Online Dating).com in Chinese
(Map).com in Japanese

IDN Event will focus on educating the next generation of domainers, Internet entrepreneurs, marketers and web developers about the future application of non-Latin domain names known as IDNs. Monetization topics to be discussed include parking, development and aftermarket sales of IDNs.

Peter Dengate Thrush, ICANN board Chairman, described the introduction of IDNs as follows: "This is the biggest change technically to the Internet since it was invented 40 years ago." IDN Event is a must-attend event for all those who are looking to capitalize on the global domain landrush.

Gary Males, co-founder of IDN Tools, stated, "The next set of major domain sales will be in non-Latin characters."

Aaron Krawitz, co-founder of IDN Tools, added, "Every domain investor needs to be thinking about the constantly evolving Internet. New markets and foreign scripts are the future. IDNs provide the mechanism to connect with billions of new customers, the ability to jump to the top of search engine rankings for prime terms, and to yield a fantastic ROI."

The October 30th agenda is as follows:

7:00 – 8:00 pm    
Registration & Networking

8:00 – 8:30 pm                
Aaron Krawitz and Gary Males
-IDN 101

  • Introductions
  • IDN Basics

8:30 – 9:00 pm                
Edmon Chung    

  • The IDN Advantage
  • The need for IDNs
  • Focus on Asian Domains

9:00 – 9:30 pm                
Patrick Carleton    

  • Geo Domaining 101
  • Open discussion

9:30 – 10:00 pm            
Elliot Silver    

  • Small scale successful development
  • Open discussion

10:00 – 11:00 pm    
Panel Session

  • Market review
  • Practical knowledge for buying/selling
  • com vs ccTLD
  • Future predictions

11:00 pm – 12:00 am    

Featured speakers include:

Elliot J. Silver
Top Notch Domains, LLC &

Elliot Silver is the founder of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a domain acquisition, sales, and monetization company, and Silver Internet Ventures, LLC, a web development company. Silver is the publisher of, an award-winning domain investment blog he started in 2007.Some domain names and websites owned by Silver’s companies include,,,,,,,, and many others. Silver holds a BA from Muhlenberg College and a MS in Direct & Interactive Marketing from NYU. He lives in New York City with his wife, Karen, and their puggle, Lucy.

Edmon Chung
CEO of DotAsia

Edmon Chung is the CEO of DotAsia Organisation – registry operator for the ‘.Asia’ regional top-level-domain. Since 2002, Edmon played a leadership role in the region-wide .Asia initiative, bringing together an open membership of 27 official country-code top-level domain authorities and regional Internet bodies. DotAsia is a not-for-profit organisation with a mandate to promote Internet development and adoption in Asia.

Edmon is an inventor of patents underlying technologies for internationalized domain names (IDN) and email addresses on the Internet. Edmon has served on many global IDN related committees, including technical and policy groups, that made it possible for the introduction of multilingual domain names and email addresses on the Internet. Edmon currently co-chairs the ICANN Joint ccNSO/ GNOS IDN Working Group and the Internationalized Registration Data Working Group. He is also an elected councillor of the ICANN GNSO Council, as well as the Secretariat for the ICANN APRALO (Asia Pacific At-Large Organisation) and Vice Chair for the Internet Society HK Chapter.

Patrick Carleton
Executive Director of Associated Cities

Patrick Carleton is the Chairman and Managing Member of Wyvern LLC, a portfolio of over 1,500 domains, half of which are prime IDNs across 14 languages which the company hand-registered as early as 2004. Since entering the domain and website development industries, Patrick has established himself as an expert in online advertising, website development, and domain-name acquisition and portfolio management.

Patrick is the Executive Director of Associated Cities, Inc., an international network of over 150 intuitive city-dot-com websites such as,, and Under his direction, Associated Cities has become a commanding force in online advertising as well as the authoritative voice for the GeoDomain industry worldwide.

Patrick is the founder and producer of the GeoDomain Expo® and is a regular presenter at top domain name industry conferences, having attended and/or presented at over 30 to date. In 2008, Patrick was the first inductee into the GeoDomain Hall of Fame.
and more to come . . .

IDN Event: Saturday, October 30, 2010 at Haru Sushi - 280 Park Avenue
IDN Auction: October 27, 2010 - November 3, 2010 at 3:15pm EDT from

IDN Tools owns and manages some of the most recognized IDN brands in the world including,, IDN Newsletter, and IDN Event. IDN Tools was founded by domain industry veterans, Aaron Krawitz and Gary Males.


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