San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is one of the largest and most influential pop-culture conventions in the United States. What began in 1970 with 100 sci-fi fans in a hotel basement has transformed into an annual pilgrimage by comic enthusiasts from all over the world. Pulling in over 160,000 attendees in past years, SDCC 2017 was a five-day extravaganza devoted to all the movies, television, and literature that have made their mark over the years.
So, of course, Team XYZ and the #XYZsquad made the trip to downtown San Diego to introduce fans of all ages to .xyz, the domain extension for creative types, while also admiring the cosplay and connecting with artists.
The heart and soul of SDCC is the convention floor. It takes up about every inch of space in the San Diego Convention Center and feels something like a mix of an exotic night market and being a cow in a cattle lot. Nevertheless, our intrepid social media expert, Tyler, braved the crushing claustrophobia and hit the floor to meet dozens of artists and creators to get them excited about .xyz.
Wearing his stylish XYZ shirt, Tyler discussed the importance of a memorable domain with comic book artist and historian Scott Shaw, the creators of gonzo comic Man vs Rock, character designer and concept artist Tom Bryski, the incredible artists at Imaginism Studios, award-winning graphic novelist Robert James Luedke, and cartoonist/ illustrator, Rick Geary, to name just a few. He also stopped by Sideshow Collectibles to talk about finding the right .xyz domain, marvel at their Swamp Thing Marquette, and score a little R2D2 time. Check out the Sideshow Collectibles video from Comic-Con and see Tyler’s interview starting around 2:08.
As always, the #XYZsquad was quite an event unto itself. Over the course of the con, we gave away hundreds of XYZ shirts, 3D glasses, and promo cards. We also had the purple people on hand, gathering crowds hundreds deep for death-defying break dance shows in front of the convention hall. Check out which other videos XYZ made it into, by following our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
SDCC is so large that it’s impossible to do everything. Lining up for a panel to see the new Black Panther trailer could mean you miss out on your spot for the WestWorld VR experience or your chance to purchase an official Rick & Morty Portal Gun. But no SDCC would be complete without all the amazing industry events hosted around the town.
First, XYZ made it into the IMDB yacht party and connected with photographers working for Amazon. Check out Tyler’s picture in his XYZ shirt on Amazon Prime Photos. The next night, SyFy’s Live From Comic-Con held an event with Zachary Levi, who played Chuck on the hit series Chuck, Andre Meadows, the host of Youtube’s BlackNerdComedy channel, members of the Battlestar Galactica cast, and many more. During the pre-show taping, the event’s host actually called Tyler on to the stage to ask him about his XYZ shirt. Not missing a beat, Tyler took the microphone and told the audience of over 5,000 people about .xyz and handed out some XYZ swag to the front rows. We can’t wait to see all the amazing registrations that will come from our time at SDCC 2017.
San Diego Comic-Con 2017 was an unbelievable opportunity for XYZ. We reached tens of thousands of passionate people and dozens of creative companies and artists and even though the event just came to a close, we’re already itching to get back! To catch up on the rest of the XYZ excitement in the month of July, check out our upcoming event recap blog and make sure you subscribe to our newsletter!
Just like no man is an island, no business can do it all. Small and medium sized businesses are especially vulnerable to getting overwhelmed by tasks their company simply isn’t prepared to handle. But even large multinationals occasionally need assistance in areas which are not their core-competency. So when companies like British Airways, Canon, Dell, Nokia, and others need the help, they turn to this week’s #WebsiteWednesday – GeniusGroup.xyz
GeniusGroup.xyz is a conglomerate of eight leading professional service providers, each specializing in a unique service area. Each branch of Genius Group works independently of the others, but strategizes with the company as a whole. When your company needs to register a business in a new country, the group will make it happen. Genius is proficient in accounting, consulting, design, legal, marketing, staffing, technology, and translation.
Genius Group counts clients in aviation such as Qatar Airways and British Airways as their clients. Technology companies like Sony, Dell, Microsoft, Canon, as well as Vodafone and Nokia also rely on Genius for some of their projects. Even consumer goods firm Nestle and energy companies like Total can be counted as GeniusGroup.xyz’s clients.
“Genius Group is driven by a thirst for knowledge and the courage to explore uncharted waters. We will not only live up to our reputation as a leading innovator in the field but also strive to enhance it.” – GeniusGroup.xyz website
More than 10,000 followers get the latest business tips and tricks through Genius’ twitter page and many follow their updates on Linkedin and Facebook. With their genius domain, they are confident to handle any business challenge you throw at them. GeniusGroup.xyz’s pioneering spirit aligns with .xyz’s vision for the next generation of the internet. Follow them on social media or connect with them today on their website.
With the amount of sensitive data that is shared digitally every day, it’s never been more important to make sure that your data is kept secure. Businesses and the general public alike are at risk of having their data intercepted by bad actors. That’s why this week’s #WebsiteWednesday ensures that the data you share is accessible only by the intended recipient – TransBox.xyz.
TransBox.xyz is an easy-to-use encryption app that is available for both Android and iOS. The app seamlessly integrates into the mobile operating system and allows users to encrypt emails, text messages, and even photos. This encrypted content can then only be viewed by the designated recipient. Currently, TransBox is working on the PC version of their app for enterprise use, so businesses too can benefit from their encryption services.
According to their website, TransBox.xyz participated in IBM’s Catalyst Program, and has gained significant support from the South Korean government. They mention that in 2015, TransBox was the winner of the special prize at the K-Global Startup Engine Demo Day organized by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (MSIP) and more recently, was selected by the Born2Global accelerator program, and chosen out of 300 startups to be accepted by the K-Global 300 startup acceleration program. Both were organized in part by the MSIP.
“TransBox is a unique service, so we decided to choose a unique domain. And TransBox’s encryption code consists of all 24 letters of the alphabet, so we built our identity by using the ending of the alphabet, .XYZ.” – Mingu Yu, Director of Business Development for TransBox.xyz
TransBox is making it easier than ever to keep your digital communication secure. Their intuitive app, coupled with their memorable domain name and consistent branding on social media (@Transbox_XYZ), make certain that they are reaching a wide international audience.
Team XYZ was at some of the country’s biggest events in June to celebrate .xyz’s 3rd Anniversary. To kick things off, we introduced the innovative 1.111B® Class as part of our new AYDACFU campaign. We spent months planning and prepping, and our registrar partners all over the world did a fantastic job helping us launch this new initiative. And to commemorate turning 3, we hosted a BBQ by our Santa Monica office to go along with some entertainment from the #XYZsquad.
Check out the video below and read on to find out where we went and what else we did to tell the world that .xyz just turned 3!
Our huge AYDACFU marketing campaign surrounding the release of our 1.111B® Class was developed, in part, to reach a particularly tech-savvy #GenXYZ audience. So why not reach some of them at one of the largest video game conventions in the world? With close to 70,000 attendees, E3 2017 gave Team XYZ ample opportunities to connect with developers and designers to raise awareness of the 1.111B®Class. And in the end, the #XYZsquad stole the show by busting a groove at the convention. To see more of our E3 2017 coverage, check out our E3 recap post or watch the video below.
Product Forge has become one of our top partners when it comes to organizing hackathons for future innovators and entrepreneurs. Our most recent event with them, the Cancer Innovation Challenge Data Dive, was a three-day collaborative effort between clinicians, designers, and engineers to improve cancer care.
If you like what we’re doing with Product Forge, check out last month’s recap, which covers another hackathon with them.
Throughout the month of June, we worked with our partner EyHost to encourage .xyz adoption in Bangladesh. EyHost did a great job of hosting sponsored events to connect startups and small businesses, while educating them on how .xyz is being used by other Bangladeshis, such as Sheba.xyz and Socian.xyz. In fact, the team behind Sheba.xyz even invited some people over to check out their office!
June also saw the launch of a new partnership with CoderDojo, the international organization dedicated to teaching students aged 7 to 17 how to code. Through July 24th, all members of the CoderDojo community can apply for a free .xyz domain and all the tools necessary to create some of their first projects on the web. This partnership is yet another way that we are encouraging entrepreneurs to adopt .xyz to cultivate the Generation XYZ community.
For all our younger readers, don’t forget to check out CoderDojo to learn how to code with a .xyz domain today!
Of course, June wasn’t only about .xyz. We also teamed up with GoDaddy to cross the desert and attended NIADA 2017, the largest independent car dealership trade show of the year. Drawing nearly 2,000 general managers and owners from coast to coast, as well as abroad, this was the perfect place to educate dealers on the benefits of upgrading to a .Cars/.Car/.Auto domain, just like manufacturers Lucra.Cars and Renovo.Auto, as well as independent dealers, like Arizona.Cars and Brilliance.Auto have done already. Two of our favorite domains registered from the conference are VirginiaBeach.Cars and Z.Cars.
We attend a variety of events every month to educate the public on what .xyz is, who uses .xyz, and to connect with existing .xyz customers – June was no exception. Team XYZ started the month by attending The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show, Jayme Stone’s Folklife Concert at the Annenberg Community Beach House, and Mayhem’s Imersiv concert. These three venues were intimate opportunities to connect directly with the next generation of internet users and introduce them to .xyz. We then finished the month by attending two Twilight Concerts, where thousands of Angelenos come every week to mingle in Silicon Beach. If you’re not in LA, catch the live action with the XYZ Team by following us on Instagram @XYZ!
The summer is far from over and XYZ has a lot more in store. We are keeping the momentum of AYDACFU up to raise awareness for your new 1.111B® Class of domains. Be sure to keep a close eye on our Instagram (@XYZ), Facebook (/XYZ) and Twitter (@XYZ), to see what Team XYZ and the #XYZsquad have planned for the rest of the summer!
The technologies and concepts driving the Internet of Things are being developed at a rapid pace. The appliances and items we use every day are more automated, integrated, and convenient to use because of that. We’ve even developed a new class of domains just to accommodate this burgeoning technology. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday, IoTHub.xyz, is also doing their part to support the entrepreneurs and creators fueling the rise of the Internet of Things.
IoTHub.xyz is an accelerator that specializes in supporting emerging IoT technologies from concept to market. The only requirements for admissions to their program are that your product must have a working prototype and that your team consist of at least two people. Interested startups can apply directly on the IoTHub website. To date, IoTHub has funded at least 7 different startups, including SolarGaps’ smart solar-powered blinds, an interactive dumbbell by Helko, and even a motion simulator by Feel VR.
The Internet of Things’ advent is closer than we expect and IoTHub is helping shape that future by giving forward-thinking startups the resources they need to succeed. We are proud to have IoTHub as a member of #GenXYZ!
For this July 4th, Team XYZ wants to show you some of our favorite use-cases across the United States. Take a virtual tour around the country with photo and video impressions of people, places, and discover what America looks like through the lenses of Generations X, Y, and Z.
Mark Brown Jr. uses his website, MemoirsOf.xyz, as a portfolio site that is not only an illustration, but also an extension of his work. It’s part memoir, part resume, part travelogue.
His pictures speak with power to deliver unflinching and often alluring visions of America. Pictures of his native Ohio, many of which were shot on 35mm film, reveal the hidden beauty of his home.
“I picked .xyz because it describes where we are in the world, in real life and on the web. There are people using the internet from ages 4-60+ and that covers generations x, y and z. My website serves as my memoirs as a photographer. I’m generation Y, a product of generation X living and procreating in generation Z. It’s the memoirs of a millennial, why wouldn’t it be online?” – Mark Brown, creator of MemoirsOf.xyz
Raheel Kahn was able to snatch his FirstName.xyz and create Raheel.xyz, a site dedicated to displaying his beautiful portraits of real people, many in front of iconic northeastern cityscapes. Through subtle clues Raheel’s photos remind the viewer of their history and future.
One of our favorite things about Raheel.xyz, is that the deeper you explore the website, the more unconventional and daring the images become. .xyz is the choice for the tryers and doers and we’re proud to have a unique, original voice like his using our domain extension.
Nimio.xyz is a creative production group specializing in authentic storytelling that delivers impactful messages that actually reach your heart. We recommend checking out their artfully shot 40 North Oysters short film. It features a thriving, sustainable business in a New Jersey so beautiful, you might think you’re looking at a painting.
One of the most engaging things about Nimio.xyz’s work, is that they manage to constantly take the familiar and make it new. Their site feeds off contrast. It urges the eye to recognize and re-examine. Like many of the innovators of #GenXYZ, innovation and re-evaluation of the status quo are of utmost importance for growth.
Cosmo Free is 16 years old, making him the youngest member featured on our 2017 Independence Day #WebsiteWednesday. In his photos and films, he explores the identity of the land around him. CosmoFree.xyz documents Northern California as an inquisitive artist exploring the immensity of the land he calls home.
If you view Cosmo’s work, you can see the growth and progression of a talented photographer and filmmaker. Part of generation Z, his website shows the depth of the innovators and talented makers who choose .xyz.
If you celebrated this July 4th, we hope you’re spending it with friends and family, in places that resonate with your heart. No matter where you are from, we hope you can appreciate your environment and have time to explore and share your adventures with the world.
And for those of you outside the United States, please let us know of any .xyz users who offer similarly amazing websites to discover your countries. We might be able to do a feature of some .xyz users soon!
We’re always looking for new ways to inspire the next generation of internet users to build on .xyz domains. And that’s exactly why we’re so excited about our new partnership with CoderDojo, the international organization dedicated to teaching students aged 7 to 17 how to code. From now until July 24th, all members of the CoderDojo community can apply for a free .xyz domain and all the tools necessary to create some of their first ever projects on the web.
After filling out a short form, verified members of the CoderDojo community will receive a unique coupon code for a free .xyz domain, Weebly website builder, hosting, and WHOIS privacy protection. This way, anyone involved with CoderDojo can get a cool, brandable .xyz domain name. Not sure what to get? Check out some of our favorite ideas below:
For more inspiration, be sure to visit www.gen.xyz/live to view hundreds more unique .xyz websites from all over the world.
Whether you’re just learning how to code or are a CoderDojo veteran, don’t miss this opportunity to build out your passion on your very own .xyz domain. Remember – you only have until July 24th to claim your free .xyz domain, Weebly website builder, and more. And once you’ve launched your shiny new .xyz website, post a screenshot on Instagram and tag us @XYZ for a chance to get featured in our weekly #WebsiteWednesday series!