Photos & Highlights from the Closing Day of the 1st Domaining Americas Conference in Brazil

Photos & Highlights from the Closing Day of the 1st Domaining Americas Conference in Brazil

& Below: The Sunday sessions
began at 9:45am when Blacknight
Internet Solutions

Founder & CEO Michele
answered the
question What is GDPR?,
detailing everything attendees
needed to know about the
controversial General
Data Protection Regulations

that went into effect that year.
(All photos in this article are
courtesy of Domaining Americas).

After his solo session Michele
joined three other industry experts
for a panel discussion about ICANN
and its role on the expansion and
evolution of the Internet
The panelists (seated left to right)
were Daniel Fink (Stakeholder
Engagement Sr. Manager, Brazil at
ICANN), Michele Neylon (Blacknight)
and, across from them at the far
right, Olga Cavalli (ICANN
GAC Argentina Representative) and
moderator Braden Pollock (

After that session an audience
member checks her copy of the Domaining
program to see what was
coming up next.

In the final morning session Sunday,
, the CEO at,
talked about Net Weaving – a
more simple, reciprocal approach to
networking that focuses on helping
others solve problems.

Daniel Fink (Stakeholder
Engagement Sr. Manager, Brazil at
ICANN) asks a question during the
Sunday morning sessions.

& below: At 11:45am there was a half-hour
for coffee, snacks and
informal networking.

(Left to right) Erica Saito (Consulting
Regional Manager, Radix
), Andre
(one of the top domain
investors in Brazil) and Ricardo Hechtman chat during
the Sunday morning coffee break.

While some enjoyed their coffee
indoors others headed to the outdoor
deck to get in some fresh air
before heading back
to the conference room.

Back inside at 12:30pm, Julio
Cesar Ventura Cardoso
shared his success story – one
centered on his
website. .br is Latin America’s most
popular ccTLD with some 4
domains currently

Cardoso’s story was music to the
ears of Rubens Kuhl (at
center in the audience below).
Rubens is the Product Marketing
Manager for the .br country code’s
administrator whose website is at

In the final business session of the
debut edition of Domaining Americas,
Leila Pereira do Nascimento
from IplanRio
(the administrator of the new .RIO
gTLD), explained the importance
of .RIO to the Cariocas and how the
extension is being utilized in the

you can see in the photo above the
conference room featured a large
window overlooking Rio de Janeiro’s
beach and the ocean. Sometimes the
speakers had to compete with the
fabulous view for attention.
Moderator Braden Pollock
(below) always has his head in the
game but even he couldn’t avoid
peeking out every now and then!

With his first conference now in the
books, show founder Abner Duarte (left)
and one of his speakers, Julio
Cesar Ventura Cardoso
, flash
two thumbs up
. It is hard to
establish a new conference in a new
market but Duarte said he saw enough
in Rio to know he wanted to do it
again. Duarte said he would begin
planning the 2019 event as soon as
he is back home in Boston. With a
desire to boost the domain business
throughout his homeland and the
entire region Duarte may stage the
next one in another major Brazilian city,
with Sao Paulo, the nation’s
financial center and a population of
13 million, one of the most likely
candidates. We will of course let
you know when his plans for
DomainingAmericas 2019 are

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