The XYZ Team partnered with Teens Exploring Technology (TXT) earlier this month to bring 300 inner-city youths together in South Los Angeles. Ranging from 12 to 17 years old, these bright students spent their weekend at the 4th annual Hustle N’ Code Hackathon to learn how coding could solve everyday problems in their communities. Among the participants was Los Angeles’ own Mayor, Eric Garcetti, who spoke to the students about the importance of making a positive impact on their communities through science and technology.
The objective of Hustle N’ Code is to help the next generation develop solutions to problems that their communities face everyday. Some of these issues include violence, drugs, difficulties in school, stray animals, and homelessness. The participants broke out into groups, where they discussed what issues they wanted to tackle, and how they could be addressed. Each group got to register a free .xyz domain and website builder, then got to work on learning and coding their new websites.
At the end of the day, the projects developed by these young old aspiring coders were evaluated by a panel of 5 judges, which included our very own Project Manager, Jana! PawAlert, a website to report and help find lost pets, took first place at the event. Another favorite developed that day was CodeBreakers.xyz, an online platform to manage supplies students borrow from classrooms – the site even emails the teacher when an item is checked out! KTwonHackers.xyz also received fanfare for its thoughtful “Walk4Homeless” solution to bring awareness to the plight of the homeless throughout Los Angeles.
Although these and the other websites developed at Hustle N’ Code are still works in progress, they are great starts to meaningful solutions for problems that communities in Los Angeles face today. The XYZ Team is thrilled to see our future leaders innovating on .xyz domains at such an early age, and we can’t wait to see the completed projects. We had a great time at the Hustle N’ Code hackathon, and we really appreciate the work that TXT is doing. We look forward to attending again to continue fostering the next generation of internet users!
Starship.xyz was one of the first websites we wrote about in 2016 shortly after the company’s official launch. We promised that we would keep an eye on their progress, and now – as the last #WebsiteWednesday of the year – we’re recapping the news and success Starship has had in 2016.
Starship, created by the co-founders of Skype, is an autonomous robot delivery service that is changing the future of delivery to be more efficient and cost-effective. Their breakthrough technology has been featured all over the news, including stories in Wired, TechCrunch, Fortune, and Business Insider, to name a few.
If you live in San Francisco, Washington DC, Switzerland, London or one of the other 50+ cities Starship has visited, you may have already seen their robots zipping around. Their robotic fleet now consists of 65 robots – up from 10 when they launched – which have traveled over 15,000 combined miles in 16 countries, according to their site.
To reach these markets, Starship partnered with Mercedes-Benz to build custom robo-vans, or “motherships,” that can transport the robots from city to city. By combining traditional transit with Starship’s robots, 400 packages can be delivered every shift, compared to 180 by doing it the old way. This type of efficiency led to interest by Just Eat, who announced “the world’s first takeaway meal delivered by a robot” in London earlier this month. With a $60 million annual R&D budget, Just Eat told VentureBeat that they’re launching their pilot program all over London with Starship in 2017.
Thanks to the innovation by Starship.xyz, we may be opening presents next year that were delivered by a robot. But Starship wasn’t the only member of #GenXYZ that had a good year – check out the list below to see a complete list of every #WebsiteWednesday we covered in 2016.
Many of our registrar partners are finishing off the year strong by running last-minute .xyz sales for the holidays. This is your last chance to grab that domain that you’ve been wanting all year, so visit any of the registrars below to get your .xyz domains for as low as 50¢!
To get your brand message across, traditional marketing no longer serves companies the way it used to. Consumers have become overwhelmed by noise from constant promotions, advertisements, and other forms of marketing. As a result, brands both big and small must find innovative ways to reach their audiences and engage with them. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday, TheInstitute.xyz, does just that by developing personalized campaigns, helping businesses find the partners they need, and fostering relationships with customers.
The Institute is a branding, marketing and technology consulting agency whose team of experts design national and multinational campaigns for industry-leading clients like Scottrade and DC Comics. Whether they’re originating content to promote the return of Showtime’s Ray Donovan, or reimagining fundraising efforts for Ivy Leagues like Cornell University, The Institute personalizes each marketing initiative to effectively connect with target audiences in innovative new ways.
This creative new take to marketing can be attributed to The Institute’s Managing Partner, Damien Navarro, who is a past recipient of several prestigious honors, including an American Advertising Award (Addy). He’s already imprinted this winning philosophy at The Institute. Earlier this year they were nominated for the ThinkLA IDEA Award’s Boutique Agency of the Year and 2016 Campaign of the Year.
Here’s what Damien had to say about his wildly successful agency and their .xyz domain:
“The Institute was the next iteration of the more traditional digital marketing/advertising agency I had run prior. It was time for a different business model, one that allowed for more flexibility, more creative freedom, and a chance to work more alongside our clients instead of for them…
Being creative, agile, and thinking out of the box is what The Institute team does best and the .xyz domain name falls right in line with the unique and creative lens we view our work and the world through.” – Damien Navarro
The Institute harnesses the power of their .xyz domain to showcase the innovative ways they’ve helped major brands promote their products. Not only is .xyz the creative ending to match their work, but they were able to get the perfect name before the dot: their business. The Institute is one of the many .xyz adopters leading their industry into the future, and we can’t wait to see what kind of cutting-edge campaigns they generate next.
With the holidays just around the corner, we’re spreading joy to #GenXYZ by looking back on some of our favorite .xyz users from this past year! To celebrate the 8 days of Hanukkah (starting December 24th) and the 12 days of Christmas (starting December 25th), we’ll be counting down our favorite #WebsiteWednesdays from 2016 each day to highlight on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to follow us on both to get inspired!
Still searching for the perfect last minute stocking stuffers? Fear not, many of our retail partners just announced their .xyz Winter Holiday Sales! For a limited time, you can purchase .xyz domains for as low as $0.50 at participating registrars!
Last month, we wrote about Engine.xyz, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) startup accelerator that’s budgeted $175 million to fund new technologies that are making positive impacts on a global scale. Another innovative program the university offers is its Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. And in this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’re highlighting the startup that won an award at the program’s pitch competition for creating an agricultural aerospace technology system: Elio.xyz.
Elio.xyz is the website for Brazilian tech startup Elio Tecnologia, which utilises planes, drones, and satellite technology to give farmers intuitive data on their crop fields. Elio’s state-of-the-art system captures photos of an entire field of crops, then renders it as a digital map. Farmers can then check crop health, see potential hazards, and even maintain individual rows of crops right from their tablet. The cutting-edge technology in Elio’s crop management system also analyzes this data in real time to create recommendations for farmers. This helps them generate the highest crop yield, while minimizing the use of resources, to maximize overall profit.
The innovation Elio has brought to the agriculture industry is being recognized not just by MIT, but on a global scale. Challenge Advisory, a global firm that advises governments to promote business development, invited Elio to join their Sustainable Intensification event in Rio de Janeiro in May. Elio presented its mapping technology that is revolutionizing ‘Agri-business’ in Brazil to industry leaders like Monsanto and IBM’s Weather Underground.
Here’s what Luciano da Silveira Araujo, CEO of Elio, had to say about his startup and .xyz domain:
“We are very focused on making state of the art info-imaging for agriculture, and we are passionate about the details and efficiency. We provide data that really matters to the farmers – data that helps the whole agriculture industry be more sustainable.
I chose a .xyz domain because I think .xyz represents a fresh air on the web. I was looking for something new and .xyz has a great relation to our work.”
– Luciano da Silveira Araujo, Creator and CEO of Elio.xyz
Elio is a true innovator shaping the future of agriculture, and we’re proud that they share our goal of giving #GenXYZ the best future possible – whether it’s through the food that fuels them or the domain that bring their ideas to life.
One of the most valuable pieces of online real estate you can secure is your name. Whether you create an art showcase like renowned French street artist Levalet.xyz or an interactive display of your work experience like AndreaMaGee.xyz, ‘YourName.xyz’ introduces your personal brand to the world. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday we take a look at another member of #GenXYZ who showcases all of her talents and professional experience on her .xyz site: KarenJWang.xyz
Visting KarenJWang.xyz introduces you to Karen: a UX designer for companies like Amazon and National Geographic. She’s also a painter – as we learned from exploring her site – a yogi, a music festival blogger, and a self-proclaimed renaissance soul. Karen takes full advantage of the freedom her .xyz gives her to make a unique personal and professional hybrid website. We reached out to Karen to find out more about her .xyz domain and how it allows her to explore these interests and share her experiences with the world:
You work on many different kinds of projects, which you showcase on your .xyz site. Where did you find your inspiration?
Creating a website that showcases my eclectic interests has always been a priority of mine. My inclination for visual art stemmed from a background in painting, sketching, and collaging in my adolescent and young adult years, and has recently extended into digital works.
What inspired you to pursue UX Design as a career, and do you have any advice for the #GenXYZ members that are aspiring marketers and UX designers?
It’s actually quite comical—ever since my first drawing class, I have always wanted to be an artist. So, while attending business school as a Marketing and Communications major was not ideal, I never ceased to incorporate my passion into my professional and personal endeavors. My advice for the #GenXYZ members is to always take risks, to stay humble, to feed your curiosity, and to do the things that feel like life itself. Ask questions, meet other professionals, but be unapologetically yourself. Even if the path isn’t clearly paved in front of you, follow your passion and the rest will surely manifest as you go.
As a UX designer, why do you think it’s important to have a website? How do you think your .xyz domain helps you reach your audience?
A personal website is like a gallery that’s always open. Unlike exhibits that are erected and razed in the blink of an eye, your website is your opportunity to extend the life of your efforts and vision. Besides, we all know the struggle of antiquated resumes and cover letters that fail to capture the essence of your abilities and personality. A website is your elevator pitch, resume, and personal collection of projects all wrapped up in one. Additionally, if you’re looking to get hired for web or mobile application design, what better way to showcase your style than an online portfolio?
What made you decide to build your site on a .xyz domain?
The .xyz domain fascinated me. We’re constantly surrounded by .com’s, .net’s, and .org’s, so I felt compelled to switch it up by taking the road less traveled. It’s also pretty neat to be considered a member of #GenXYZ.
Do you have anything else you’d like to share with #GenXYZ?
Besides being an aspiring UX designer, my free time consists of cooking vegan meals, teaching vinyasa yoga, dancing, blogging for music festivals, and lots of time for being silly. Just a reminder that it’s okay to be a renaissance soul: your career does not have to be your life, and you can pursue several interests at the same time. Good luck!
Karen is just one example of how #GenXYZ is sharing their unique personalities and ideas with the world. She was able to secure ‘HerName.xyz’ and create a gallery displaying her accomplishments and interests.
If KarenJWang.xyz inspired you to showcase your work, connect with others, or simply claim your own piece of internet real estate, click here to get ‘YourName.xyz’ now. And with the holidays just around the corner, .xyz domains make for great stocking stuffers for your friends and family too!
Welcome to XYZ’s China Blog Series, dedicated to our loyal supporters in China. Click here to read this post in English.
相信大家知道，获得该资质许可一直是XYZ一年多以来的首要任务。建立了中国实体公司后，XYZ 与 ICANN密切合作研究出符合其政策要求的技术解决方案。XYZ是目前获得ICANN批准在中国执行此操作的唯一注册局。
现在.xyz域名已经可以备案，我们期待看到在中国出现更多更酷的 .xyz网站。为了庆祝获得批复，一些国内注册商伙伴将举办 .xyz促销活动。另外，欢迎访问 www.gen.xyz/cn/jingpin来搜索和下载可注册的4字符和 5字符等各类 .xyz域名。
We are proud to break the news that everyone has long been waiting for: .xyz is officially one of the first new domain extensions to become MIIT accredited! In short, this means that businesses and individuals can now host their .xyz websites locally in China.
As many of our supporters know, receiving accreditation was a top priority for us for over a year now. After obtaining our WFOE and creating our Chinese business entity, we worked closely with ICANN to develop a technical solution that met their policy requirements. We are the only registry that has received approval from ICANN for our technical solution to operate in China.
Accreditation is just the most recent stride we’ve taken to expand in China – one of our most important markets. Last month, our CEO Daniel Negari traveled to Beijing to take part in World Hosting Days China, where he was a keynote speaker, a featured member on the roundtable discussion panel, and was interviewed by newg.TV.
Now that accreditation has been completed, we can’t wait to see all the great new sites that #GenXYZ in China create! To celebrate this momentous occasion, several of our registrar partners in China are preparing to host some big .xyz sales for a limited time. With more details to come, get ready by visiting www.gen.xyz/premiums to search and download free lists of 4-character and 5-character .xyz domains that are available for hand registration.
Be sure to check out the full press release announcing our accreditation here
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Earlier this month, we wrote a profile on LearningOnline.xyz – a tool nominated for an Expatriate Management and Mobility Award (EMMA) for its innovative language learning lessons. We’ve also written about LetsMath.xyz, a collection of interactive online classes and apps to help the next generation boost their math skills, as well as Practice.xyz, which recently received $4 million for its interactive learning platform. To continue our theme of learning driven by innovation, we’re looking at a .xyz site in this week’s #WebsiteWendesday that has created one of the most popular teaching apps on the market: Euclidea.xyz.
Euclidea is a popular geometric puzzle game that is available in the Apple App Store, on Google Play, or can be played directly from your web browser on Euclidea.xyz. The game consists of 120 levels that increase in difficulty, 10 innovative tools, and 11 tutorials that makes it easy for users to learn geometry in a fun and imaginative way. Their mobile app, which helps users keep their math skills sharp at all times, has been downloaded over 500,000 times with a perfect 5-stars in the App Store and 4.8 on Google Play from over 18,000 reviews.
It’s a common misconception that apps don’t need websites, and we’re glad to see Euclidea avoided this mistake by getting their AppName.xyz. But instead of just making their site a boring lander, Euclidea.xyz not only lets you play the game directly from your browser – no download required – but it also offers useful tips and tricks to solve some of the more difficult levels, explains frequent mistakes, and links to five of its other apps. To top it all off, their whole site can be translated into Russian, making Euclidea.xyz a truly international website.
We caught up with the Euclidea team to see why Euclidea.xyz was the perfect domain for them:
“Our goal for Euclidea.xyz is to show the beauty and harmony of mathematics to everybody. A lot of people think it is boring, but after playing Euclidea they change their mind. We also want children to learn mathematics through games without any fear. We chose a .xyz domain because the letters XYZ look very mathematical. They can be associated with coordinates or ‘unknowns’.” – Mikhail Koroteev, Euclidea.xyz
Like many others in the #GenXYZ community, Euclidea has created an innovative solution to teach important skills to the next generation. They’ve shown that there’s more than one way to learn math, just like there’s more than one way to use .xyz domains. With more and more innovators using .xyz to connect with a new generation of bright minds, we can’t wait to see what these individuals develop on their own .xyz domains with their newfound skills.
November was a busy month for us here at XYZ. Team XYZ was out meeting with investors, resellers, and end users at 6 different events this month, including across the ocean in China and the Netherlands. Now that we are all back home, we wanted to give a recap of our month and all the amazing events we attended.
World Hosting Day in Beijing officially came to a close last week, and our CEO, Daniel Negari, was there with our new Director of Business Development in China, Mason Zhang, to focus on one of XYZ’s most important markets.
Daniel was a keynote speaker and gave an excellent talk on XYZ’s unique marketing strategies, and how that success will be used to expand in China. Daniel was also a member on the Domain Name Roundtable panel, where he explained how startups and new businesses buying .xyz domains in the aftermarket bodes well for investors. The day ended with an exclusive interview with newg.TV, which covers how .xyz came to be and the direction we’re going in. Check out the full video interview below.
But that’s not all, Daniel brought the #XYZSquad (and a whole bunch of swag) with him to China for the first time ever. Just like in Los Angeles, attendees were enamored with our Purple People – so much so that one attendee just had to join in on the break dancing.
In case you missed our previous blog post, both our CEO, Daniel Negari, and XYZ were honored by Techweek as a technology Ambassador and Innovator for the annual Techweek 100 awards. These prestigious awards were also given to the likes of Oculus, SpaceX, and Mark Cuban.
We were extremely excited for Techweek LA to finally arrive, and XYZ (and the #XYZSquad) was out in full force at the various events taking place around Los Angeles. We had an amazing time meeting with all of the attendees and businesses, and even ran into some of our very own .xyz end users in person. PlayTable.xyz was at the LAUNCH Startup competition, and we were able to play an interactive game of Poker and Plants v Zombies on the PlayTable. We look forward to attending again next year!
Meanwhile, XYZ was also at the OpenProvider Partner Event in Utrecht, Netherlands. We met with several of OpenProvider’s resellers to talk with them about why .xyz has become the go-to domain extension for the next generation of internet users and how their customers can use these domains. Keep an eye out for some new sales in the very near future!
To top things off, the event took place in a remodeled factory that not only hosts events, but features a full sized go-kart track. Great choice of location, Openprovider!
In a partnership with the national TV show The Sunday Drive (who recently rebranded from TheSundayDrive.TV to www.SundayDrive.Cars), the .Cars team headed to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas – one of the biggest automotive conventions in the world.
Our team met with hundreds of manufacturers, auctioneers, dealerships, and exhibitors to discuss how .Cars, .Car, and .Auto domains could help grow their businesses and expand their marketing efforts. We even ran into the team behind MeetOlli.Auto, who has been traveling the world to show off their 3D-printed autonomous bus. We had some amazing conversations throughout the show, including a great one on air with The Sunday Drive’s host, Mark Perleberg himself. The interview and lots more should be posted on their new URL, www.SundayDrive.Cars, in the coming weeks.
We were also in Kentucky last week to attend the Annual Kain Clients & Friends Workshop. Kain Automotive unveiled its new branding campaign, which now drops the “Automotive”, and focuses more on Kain – making Kain.Auto the perfect URL for their business.
This intimate event allowed us to meet with dealerships and automotive marketing businesses 1-on-1 about the inherent SEO and branding benefits of .Cars, .Car, and .Auto domains. Shayan, our Global Director, also met with Jason Stum of the MarketPunch podcast to do an exclusive interview highlighting forward-thinking businesses already using these domains and also a few of his favorites that are still available for registration. Keep an ear out for the full interview later this month at www.MarketPunch.Auto.
Back in Los Angeles, the .Cars Team also attended as a sponsor of the AutoConference LA event, hosted by JD Power and NADA. The day was filled with amazing talks on the future of the automotive industry by leaders such as Dietmar Exler, the new President and CEO of Mercedes Benz USA.
After the talks, we had a great time networking with many of the dealers and manufacturers in attendance. More than a few saw the value in having geo-specific domains in the industry-specific .Cars, .Car, and .Auto namespace.
As you can see, we’ve been all over the globe meeting with industry leaders and insiders about the benefits of new domain extensions like .xyz and .Cars. As 2016 comes to a close, we look forward to attending even more events in the coming year (we have 3 already lined up for January!).
The good news is that even if you missed us at one of these events, you can still take advantage of our insider offers during our partners’ Cyber Monday flash sales. Don’t miss out on one of our best deals of the year – see a full list of participating registrars below.
Thanksgiving week is here, and as you can see from our annual Office Thanksgiving Feast, we couldn’t be more excited to load up on delicious food for Turkey Day. But what we are truly excited for are all the great deals on .xyz domains that will be taking place between Black Friday and Cyber Monday with many of our registrar partners.
If you don’t want to brave the crowds at midnight, don’t worry! You can get the most popular new domain extension in the world – .xyz, from the comfort of your own home. Just visit one of our registrar partners listed below to secure your .xyz for an amazing price, beginning Friday (be sure to follow them on Twitter – some of them may have some doorbusters starting earlier!).
.xyz domains make for excellent virtual stocking stuffers, so why not register FirstNameLastName.xyz domains for each of your loved ones? If you’re still having trouble deciding on a domain name, check out our search tools, such as CNOX, which lets you search and download a list of every available .xyz domain that has already been taken in .com, .net, and .org (pro tip: pay attention to the registration dates of the domains too).
For inspiration on what to do with your brand new .xyz domain, head over to our newly expanded list of nearly 200 of our favorite .xyz use cases at www.gen.xyz/live.
Happy Thanksgiving #GenXYZ, and enjoy your cyber shopping!
As a global domain extension, we get to see .xyz sites in many different languages created by members of #GenXYZ around the world. Thanks to the power of the internet, anyone with a computer can interact with others in different countries and learn about their unique culture and customs. We recently featured MultiLanguage.xyz – a site that bridges the language gap through their translator tool. This week our #WebsiteWednesday takes it up a notch by giving you the power to be your own translator: LearningOnline.xyz
Nominated for an EMMA (Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards) LearningOnline.xyz is a tool that allows you to learn a new language anywhere, anytime via the mobile devices you use every day. LearningOnline.xyz offers various services, from short video lessons to interactive mobile games, so you can practice your language skills in the way you’re most comfortable. Thanks to the global connectivity the internet provides, users can even hone their skills with native speakers of the language they are learning via one-on-one practice sessions. Plus, you can map your lessons based on your competencies/learning needs, making LearningOnline.xyz a complete language platform.
Leading global mobility organizations like EMMAs presenter Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM) aren’t the only ones noticing the innovation of LearningOnline.xyz. Their free mobile learning app with lessons on over 70 languages was recently awarded “Language App of the Year” in Shortlist Magazine’s Mobile App Awards. With technology that has this much of an impact on linguistics worldwide, these accolades are just the tip of the iceberg for LearningOnline.xyz.
LearningOnline.xyz’s language learning services connect cultures every day and exemplify the global nature of .xyz. LearningOnline.xyz has joined the power of language with the power of the internet, making #GenXYZ an unstoppable force of innovation worldwide.