To help support the startup community and underscore the power of a great domain name, the company behind the new Internet domain name extension ".CLUB" is awarding $10,000 in prizes to an entrant of this year's LAUNCH Hackathon taking place February 27 - March 1, 2015 in San Francisco.
CLUB is offering every LAUNCH Hackathon participant a free .CLUB domain name from GoDaddy, and any teams that choose to use a .CLUB domain name for their LAUNCH Hackathon project are automatically eligible to win the $10,000 prize for the best project in the .CLUB. The winning entrant (best project using a .CLUB domain name) will get $5,000 CASH from .CLUB as well as a $5,000 credit toward a category killer premium .CLUB domain name.
Around 200 teams, typically consisting of 2-4 people, spend 48 hours together in a room at the LAUNCH Hackathon, building something that will "wow" judges and get them on stage with 15 other finalists to vie for the top prize of getting funded with $100,000 plus additional investment prizes. Any team using a .CLUB domain name for their project will be eligible to win the $10,000 prize from .CLUB, whether they make the Hackathon finals or not.
"Our goal is to continue to support the startup community because we understand how important a great domain can be to the branding and marketing success of a company," said Jeffrey Sass, CMO of .CLUB Domains, which owns and operates the #1 selling new generic top-level domain (gTLD).
"We've seen many great startups like Coffee.club, Shaving.club,Eat.club and many others use a .CLUB name as membership and subscription-based business models continue to grow in popularity. If a LAUNCH Hackathon project is about building a community of members or has a subscription model, there's no better URL than YourName.club. We look forward to using our prize to help support an innovative new idea that will be launched at LAUNCH."
Sass will be among the .CLUB team members attending the Hackathon and judging the entrants for the .CLUB prize.
Participating LAUNCH Hackathon Teams can find out more information about .CLUB and pick up their code for a free name by visiting the .CLUB booth at the Hackathon on Friday, February 27th.