On 2 July 2018, I was fortunate enough to start my new job as an admin and communications intern at Domain Name Services (Pty) Ltd, an IT company in Midrand specialising in Internet domain name technologies. One of my many responsibilities is to plan, organise and attend events for marketing purposes.

I work with the most amazing, easy-going and, more importantly, hard-working team ever. Sometimes I pinch myself just to feel if this is not a dream. For months now the team has been working on this amazing new project called “Gateway”. It is a full-service solution for non-ICANN accredited resellers who wish to access multiple domain name spaces via one integrated platform. In addition it also offers a simple integration via EPP, JSON API, WHMCs plugin and/or a web-based user interface (UI).

Gateway solution launch

We have decided to take this opportunity to launch our system at this years iWeek and AfPIF conference. One might ask “why iWeek or, perhaps, what is iWeek”? Well let me answer you my friends… iWeek is an annual conference where hundreds of IT companies, entrepreneurs, IXPs, IT Guru`s and investors gather and find ways to expand and develop the African Internet space. Our primary aim is to engage small digital agencies in Cape Town to sign up on the Gateway platform prior to the start of iWeek… and then ultimately to give away 67 “.africa” domain names to 67 different customers on the continent. (In honour of Former President Nelson Mandela)

The conference will be hosted in Cape Town, from the 20th-24th of August 2018, at The Westin Hotel on the city’s foreshore. I am so excited and cannot wait to visit the Mother City for the first time (don’t judge ;-)). Given my background in PR, this is a completely different industry and experience for me. One of the things I look most forward to is learning new things, meeting new people and exchanging new idea… and definitely having some fun with my colleagues.

Launch celebration

We are offering one new Gateway customer an opportunity to win an iPAD+pencil worth R7,000. The lucky winner will be announced on the first day of the AfPIF conference, the 21st of August. For more details on this amazing competition and giveaway, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Good luck!!