ICANN's inaugural Global Domains Division (GDD) Industry Summit will be held 9-11 September, 2015. The three day event is intended to provide our contracted parties, resellers, and New gTLD applicants with the opportunity to discuss industry trends, operational issues, and emerging and ongoing challenges, as well as network with each other and ICANN staff in a more intimate setting than the tri-annual ICANN conferences. The Summit will also offer our staff additional insights into specific operational needs and challenges facing our contracted parties.
The agenda has been developed jointly with the registry and registrar stakeholder groups to encourage and promote candid, solutions-oriented conversations with a particular focus on operational issues as well as topics that may affect the overall eco-system of DNS in the long term. Moreover, the Summit is designed to answer questions and workshop specific operational needs and challenges related to contracted parties, not discuss policy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to become better acquainted with ICANN staff and schedule one-on-one meetings. Remote participation will be available for those that are not able to join in person.
I look forward to hosting the Summit and facilitating stronger ties to better our industry and work.