DotAsia’s best moments of 2017

by | Dec 21, 2017

2017 has been a fun and fruitful year for .Asia, Ajitora, and our Go.Asia team.  The .Asia registry updated its Charter Eligibility Requirement Policies to accept registrations from registrants living outside of the Asia. We attended the worlds biggest domain name conference, worked with the UN to help advocate the SDGs, and played a key part in educating the locals on food health. We also threw a big party for our 10th year anniversary!  Read on to check out some of .Asia’s best moments of 2017.

Namescon Las Vegas
Namescon Las Vegas, Jan 2017

We were excited to be part of NamesCon again in January, 2017 as our first domain event of the year. We found the sessions to be very informative and the panelists enormously knowledgeable. The Masterclasses for India and China were particularly helpful in showing domain investors how to navigate through these flourishing Asian markets. The NamesCon Conference app was an awesome feature. Not only did it show all the events / sessions happening on any given time, allowing attendees to create their own schedules, it also doubled as a social networking and meeting tool.

We look forward to seeing you in the .Asia Space at NamesCon 2018 (Or find us on the NamesCon conference App)!

ESLC (Eat Smart Little Chef)
“Eat Smart Little Chef" Program

As the third baby of Go.Asia, our community program “Eat Smart Little Chef” turned 3 in 2017! Unlike undergoing a period of “Terrible 3” of raising children , this brightful son brings us joy as he is coherently fostered by our precious partner, Gift4Kids Foundation for 2 consecutive years. This driving force also attracted volunteers and students who joined us occasionally by contributing their creativity to interpret food education ideas into funny games. They are the unsung heroes. In the near future, we will incorporate more health targets corresponding to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 3) – “Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.” to benefit local underprivileged families in town.

FRD.Asia (Food Revolution Day)
FRD.Asia - Food Revolution Day

Climate change has become a global crisis and is threatening food security in terms of productivity, availability and accessibility. While experts are inventing new technology to cope with the rising demand brought by population increase, can individual take an effort to make a change?

Indeed, eating wisely can help save the world. This year’s theme of Food Revolution is about saving FOODMILES, the carbon footprint generated in the process of food delivery. Due to the relatively low agriculture production, city dwellers relatively pay high price for food miles rather than food value itself. They are also the innocent killers of air pollution.

We rolled out a campaign “Healthy Food. Healthy Air.” by starting a brand new website www.foodair.asia with a local initiative Clean Air Network aimed to remind restaurants and individuals can simply put local food in prior to imported food in our daily life.

The more foodmiles saved, the better the world changes!

Aji X CASS Beer
Aji X CASS Beer - Recyclying

Teaming up with CASS to promote plastic recycling was something Ajitora would definitely not miss. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a great can of Korean beer and help protect the environment at the same time? AJI was a force to reckon with, everyone loved taking pictures with him, and he helped bring everyone’s attention to recycling plastic cups after enjoying a cold one in the middle of a hot summer day. Another big thanks to CASS for having AJI!

Changes to .Asia Charter Eligibility Requirement Policies to Accept Registrations Globally
Changes to .Asia Charter Eligibility Requirement Policies to Accept Registrations Globally

In 2017, after a decade of robust and proven operations, .Asia policies were updated to more readily accept registrations from registrants living outside of the region. Building awareness around .Asia domains globally will be a main focus for us in 2018.
On July 15th, 2017, the .Asia Eligibility Requirements policy was officially updated to allow for easier registrations, especially for entities without a pre-existing regional address or proof of local I.D. This means anyone can now register a .Asia domain, even if they do not have a physical address within the region.

Over 75% of .Asia registrations in 2017 came from the Asia Pacific region led by Japan, Philippines and China. The latest .Asia policy update and streamlined registration process is a renewed commitment from the registry to its mandate from the start – to support online representation of all things Asia.

GoDream.asia
GoDream.Asia Summer camp

GoDream.asia is a three-day summer program and competition and we helped to inspire 80 primary school youths in Hong Kong to dream big and encouraged them to be a changemaker in their school and community. In just a short three days, the teams built schools on cruise ships, developed IT programs just for girls, created a Pokémon themed school, assembled solar powered models … some even role-played the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Ms. Carrie Lam 😛 Their creativity went wild!

Kids International Film Festival (KIFF.Asia)
KIFF.Asia - Kids International Film Festival

Striving to nurture a new generation of film enthusiasts, this year’s inaugural Kids International Film Festival Asia was hosted at The Grand Cinema and co-organized with Golden Scene, a renowned film distribution company. 22+2 screenings were held with over 3000 in attendance during the 11 days. Over 5000 people participated at the site’s carnival where 3000 movie stills were taken at the digital photo booth. Over 160 families also joined the Stop-motion workshop.  Watch the festival trailer here.

We believe that only those who truly appreciate movies as a story telling art form can be future “Best Directors”, screenwriters and performers. Only with an audience that understands the appreciation of movies can a film industry thrive – And that must be cultivated from a young age.

TCS (Think.Cook.Save)
TCS (Think.Cook.Save), FOOD HEROES

Running “Think.Cook.Save” Health & Food Education program on a yearly basis is an extraordinary experience. It’s like a ripple expanding across the water, we see children going through a process, from understanding the basic FOOD balance diet concept to be engaging themselves as a FOOD HERO of reducing food waste. This year, we found some of them have even started taking initiatives to solve social problems by running school projects.

Every little step made a BIG difference. Without the assistance of sponsors, those unsung volunteers who contributed their donations, time as well as creativity along the way, a team of 2 could not have reached 30,000 students by visiting 50 schools in Hong Kong in the last 4 years. We look forward to meeting more followers to join this path!

.Asia 10 Year Anniversary
.Asia 10 Year Anniversary

10 Internet-years marks a milestone for DotAsia. On 9th October 2007, the .Asia Sunrise launched, allowing trademark holders priority registrations before .Asia opened up for general availability through Landrush and Go Live in early 2008. The .Asia launch pioneered features that became benchmarks for Top-Level Domain (TLD) launches, including Sunrise, use of auctions, and our Pioneer Domains/Founders Program. The .Asia launch was highly acclaimed, with 30,000 global trademarks registered by the end of Sunrise and achieving 100% satisfaction rating in an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) community poll, paving the way for large scale orderly launches of new gTLDs.

Our first 10 years painted a broad, encompassing scope, now we will go deeper and build higher. DotAsia is launching the Youth Mobility Index (YMI.Asia), a comprehensive study on Youth Mobility across Asia, considering social mobility against a wider concept of geographical and digital mobility; measuring and modelling the basic capacity of mobility; motivations for being mobile; and availability of networks and opportunities to mobilize talent, raise capital and leverage logistics for the flow of goods and services.
After 10 years of robust operations, the .Asia policies were updated earlier this year to more readily accept registrants seeking to serve the Asia Internet market. Now anyone interested in Asia can utilize the .Asia domain to go places!

At .Asia’s 10th anniversary, we call on and support the world of dreamers to #RiseWithAsia!

.Asia and Exabytes team up
.Asia and Exabytes team up

In November and December, Exabytes and the DotAsia Organisation came together and worked on 2 promotions together at the same time. The first one was a price promotion where Exabytes promised to sell the .Asia domain name at a buy 1 year and get 1 year free basis. Exabytes have always promoted .Asia very well and they used several contests on social media to gauge the interest further. Secondly, we took part in the Exabytes affiliate program. DotAsia sponsored the new iPhoneX for any affiliates selling 100 names in that period of time. DotAsia’s expansion into Southeast Asia is greatly helped by partners like Exabytes!

Netmission.Asia New class
NetMission.Asia new class

21 new faces joined Netmission in December this year after a comprehensive selection process in November. These 21 young ambassadors come from a diverse background with various level and fields of studies. Among the group, we are excited to see also the cultural diversity where students from Taiwan, Philippines, India and Estonia are selected apart from the Hong Kong ones. In the upcoming year, they will uphold the mission of empowering youth in Asia on the Internet Governance discussion.

Top 10: .Asia domains

Over the years there have been numerous exciting .Asia domains set up. One of the earliest examples was Johnny Walker’s KeepWalking.Asia as part of an Asia wide TV and online campaign in 2008. Even though the domain is no longer operational, it inspired our continued tracking of live .Asia websites through the KeepClicking.Asia initiative, now integrated with our main site and social media page: http://www.facebook.asia/dot.asia.

Here are my Top 10 picks (at the moment… as it certainly changes all the time) of high traffic .Asia domains that exemplify or showcase how .Asia domains can be used.

Top 10: eSports teams

Claiming the World Championship titles in 2013, 2015, 2016 and now among favourites for 2017, SKT is all too obvious as the choice for top spot. While they suffered from a slump in 2014, SKT’s star player Faker, argued by some to be the most dominant player of all time has stayed with the team throughout his dazzling career. SKT have already forged a lasting legend for themselves; winning this season’s championship would only push it to the next level.

Top 10: Modern history’s Asian political giants

Asia is the largest and most populous continent. Throughout Asian history, there have been several political figures who have been extremely influential in shaping the region. How could I miss this opportunity to list some of the most notable and influential Asian figures in recent history? This is my list of “Asian Political Giants of Modern History”.

Top 10: Cartoons from Asia

No childhood is complete without hours spent watching cartoons (especially in the 80s)! Here, in my opinion, are the top 10 cartoon / anime characters from Asia! If you are looking to experience Anime culture live, check out animefestival.asia.

Top 10: Asian movies

As a movie lover, it’s always hard to pick the top 10. Frankly speaking, if there is no year limitation (2017), I would definitely have a wider selection.

A movie is not just a form of entertainment, it can also inspire people and even influence an individual’s way of thinking. So here is my top 10 without any specific ranking orders:

Top 10: Business trip destinations around Asia

Having been with .Asia for the best part of 10 years now, I have had the honor of traveling around the region, building relationships and increasing the awareness of the domain extension. Here are my top 10 places I have visited in the region.

Top 10: Asian superstitions

Like many other Asians, I grew up in a traditional household and my elders – from my grandmother to my mom (to think of it, maybe it was just the women) are highly superstitious. They told me the craziest things! I didn’t want to believe in them, but I wasn’t going to take any chances so I followed those rules. To this day, even though I still don’t believe in those superstitions, I catch myself passing them onto my own daughter. At the very least, they ARE an excellent way to get her to follow rules.

Top 10: Superfoods

I started falling in love with concept of “food as medicine” since my childhood when I was inspired by “The Huangdi Neijing” (a.k.a The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine 黃帝內經). Later when I started exploring more from the school library, I found that the Greek physician Hippocrates, known as the Father of Early Medicine (ca. 460 BC – ca. 370 BC) had suggested the same concept around the same period of time. He stated “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This has become my creed of life as eating right is really important! Here are my top 10 choices for super foods.

Top 10: Exotic foods in Asia

While I claim myself as an adventurous foodie, I have to firstly put out a disclaimer that these 10 exotic foods may be only baby level for some while daring for others – especially westerners. This is just a snapshot of my personal top 10 for exotic Asian foods (that I’ve tried). My list will begin with #10 for least adventurous to #1 for most daring dishes. So here we go…

Top 10: Asian athletes

I have always wanted to be an athlete since a very young age, but growing up in a traditional Chinese family, school always came first and there was only just enough room to do sports recreationally. It always makes me proud to see how Asian athletes are making a name for themselves in their respective sports. They have the powerful ability to inspire many more kids, including other Asians to start young. Here are my top 10 Asian athletes of all time that I think have been very influentia

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