Meet India’s growing web designer and developer community at EXPAND 2021

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24 September 2021

Following the launch of The Hub by GoDaddy Pro in the Republic of India, GoDaddy will now host EXPAND 2021 on 24 September 2021, a free online conference.

This free, one-day virtual event was created specifically for freelance professionals such as web designers and developers.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the realities of business, and the rules for web pros to engage with clients changed along with them.

What to expect from this online conference

EXPAND 2021 will show web professionals and entrepreneurs how to remodel their businesses and take advantage of the growing digital opportunities in a post-pandemic world.

This free online conference will bring together policymakers, industry leaders, and web experts, who will share actionable insights, guidance, resources, and connections to start and grow a successful digital business in a new normal environment.

Neha Khanna
The event will be hosted by Neha Khanna, Executive Editor of India Ahead.

With a compact schedule of four hours, comprising short 30-minute sessions, EXPAND 2021 will accommodate the busy schedules of web designers and developers. The topics include relevant material such as:

  • Ecommerce opportunities
  • Tech insights
  • Skilling
  • Website and business security
  • Customer care

Follow @GoDaddyPro #EXPAND2021 on Twitter to stay in the loop before and during the event.

Inspiring conference content

EXPAND 2021 will begin with a keynote address from GoDaddy India Vice President and Managing Director Nikhil Arora. Mr. Arora’s career spans more than two decades and five countries, guided by his philosophy of “being missionary first before being a mercenary.”

Following the opening remarks from Mr. Arora, EXPAND 2021 will see a discourse of inspirational stories from real people, sharing their journeys and experiences as GoDaddy Pros in India.

Nikhil Arora
Nikhil Arora, GoDaddy India Vice President and Managing Director

Sessions will include business success stories, case studies, advice, testimonials, and practical examples from GoDaddy’s customers and partners.

Here are some of the 30-minute talks on offer:

1. Evolution of digital business and importance of skilling for India’s economic recovery

A senior bureaucrat from the Indian Ministry will deliver a talk on how adapting to digital can help India’s small and medium businesses take advantage of opportunities in today’s changing environment.

The conversation will also highlight how the developer and web professional community in the country is the backbone of this digital drive, and what kind of tools or skilling programs are required to support them.

2. Ecommerce opportunities for web pros in 2021

Praveep Dilip, Founder of Repunext, will offer exclusive insights into India’s booming ecommerce sector. He will touch upon the different growth categories, key trends and how web pros can leverage these to grow their businesses in the best possible way.

Praveen Dilip
Praveep Dilip

3. Innovating for customer growth and retention

This session will be a conversation between Abhinav Jain, CEO and Co-founder, ALMOND and ATechnos and Dinesh Arora, Chief Managing Director, Eastman Colour Restaurants.

Abhinav Jain
Abhinav Jain
Dinesh Arora
Dinesh Arora

They will discuss their business stories, highlighting how deeply the pandemic changed their ventures’ realities and what changes the post-COVID world will offer.

The speakers will also address new strategies for customer retention, as well as new services that could help web pros to engage with their clients in today’s ever-evolving digital world.

4. The best time to be a web professional is now!

A panel will discuss the latest trends in the web design industry and key customer insights, including the type of customer segments coming online, ever since COVID-19 hit the world.

The discussion will also touch upon how web designers and developers are poised to drive the next wave of digital growth in the new normal digitalized world and how GoDaddy Pro enables them to do the same.

5. Deconstructing the future of web development in India

Kriti Aggarwal
Kriti Aggarwal

This is a fireside chat with Kriti Aggarwal, Founder of Aanha Services, around challenges faced by women in tech, and how easy or difficult it is to run a successful web development business in India today. Speakers will advise on what can be done to insulate your business from future global crises.

In a separate session, Victor Santoyo, Sr. Account Executive for Sucuri Security, GoDaddy, will show you how to Secure your Customer’s Website and Your Business.

Rohit Makhija, Senior Director of Customer Care at GoDaddy will deliver a session on Redefining Customer Support for Web Pros.

In addition, one can learn more about GoDaddy Pro, a free set of tools designed to help web professionals easily manage their clients and continue to grow their skill set with:

  • Expert-led virtual events
  • Access to courses on website design and development
  • Newsletters about how to grow their businesses

Who’s speaking at EXPAND 2021

EXPAND 2021 will see experienced and credible industry entrepreneurs who will share insights and future directions. The impressive line-up of speakers include:

  • Nikhil Arora, GoDaddy India Vice President and Managing Director
  • A senior bureaucrat from the Indian Ministry
  • Gaurav Nakul, GoDaddy Partner, Go-To-Market
  • Praveen Dilip, Founder, Repunext
  • Kriti Aggarwal, Founder, Aanha Services
  • Abhinav Jain, CEO and Co-founder, ALMOND and ATechnos
  • Dinesh Arora, Chief Managing Director, Eastman Colour Restaurants
  • Sajal Bhatia, Co-founder and Director Webic Studio
  • Nikesh Masiwal, Founder and Director, Pixels Agency
  • Dhruwal Patel, CEO and Owner, Dhrutel Technologies
  • Victor Santoyo, Sr. Account Executive for Securi Security, GoDaddy
  • Rohit Makhija, Senior Director Customer Care, GoDaddy

To see the complete agenda and speaker profiles, go here.

Why you should attend EXPAND 2021

EXPAND 2021 was created for the professionals who are driving India’s digital rise. It is important for these professionals to establish a presence in a community of like-minded peers.

There will be opportunities to exchange ideas and support for operating the most successful business possible.

That journey begins with becoming a GoDaddy Pro member and using The Hub for multi-site management. Members who use The Hub report saving an average of three hours each month for every client site they manage.

Register here to attend EXPAND 2021

So, don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the latest industry trends and network with professionals in the web development community. Reserve your seat by logging in or signing up for the free event here.

About The Hub

The Hub by GoDaddy Pro is a new free solution that brings together an array of pro-specific tools, features, and benefits into a single easy-to-use dashboard. Custom-built for web designers and developers, it will help you build your business and efficiently deliver results for your clients.

The Hub, a free interface for website designers, provides an integrated project, site, and client management platform for GoDaddy Pro members to easily navigate between projects, and efficiently run their businesses with new tools including to-do lists and timelines.

The Hub is optimized to save Pro members time with capabilities like bulk updates across hundreds of sites for WordPress Core, plugins, and themes. GoDaddy Pro users report saving an average of three hours per site each month by using site maintenance tools available in the Hub. GoDaddy Pro members can also use the Hub to collaborate more easily with clients through account delegation and shared shopping features, making it easier than ever to efficiently deliver results for clients.

Brian Pereira has been writing on consumer and business technology for 25 years. He is the former editor of InformationWeek and CHIP magazines in India. He has written thousands of articles and blogs and has travelled around the world to report on technology events. Brian is currently a content specialist at a startup in India, developing content for Fortune 500 companies. He is also an aviation enthusiast and likes all things from the 1980s. He continues his journalism work on his own platform Digital Creed.