VidCon

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VidCon LLC
Vidcon logo.png
"For People who Love Online Video"
Status Active
Genre Online Video
Venue Hyatt Regency Century Plaza (2010-11)
Anaheim Convention Center (2012-present)
Location(s) Southern California
Country United States
Inaugurated July 10-11, 2010
Most recent June 23-25, 2016
Attendance 2015: 19,500[1]
Website
vidcon.com

VidCon is a multi-genre online video conference, held annually in Southern California since 2010. Originally conceived by Hank and John Green of the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel, the convention is the largest of its kind in the world, gathering thousands of online video viewers, creators, and industry representatives worldwide.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

VidCon founders Hank and John Green at VidCon 2014

2010[edit]

The first VidCon was held in July 10–11, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles and sold out in advance[5] with over 1,400 people attending.[6] Thursday featured an industry day with panels and presentations by industry leaders and video creators. Friday and Saturday featured main stage presentations by YouTube's content creators, breakout sessions and nightly concerts featuring musicians who achieved success primarily by presenting their music via online video.[7]

2011 (2nd annual VidCon)[edit]

VidCon 2011 was held in July 29–30, 2011, with an industry conference day on July 28, again at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. The event sold out sixty days prior to its opening,[8] with 2,500 people in attendance.[9][10]

2012 (3rd annual VidCon)[edit]

The Gregory Brothers at VidCon 2012

VidCon 2012, the third annual conference, was held in June 28–30, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center.[11] The new venue offered a much larger capacity with room for future expansion, with 7,000 people in attendance.[12][13]

2013 (4th annual VidCon)[edit]

VidCon 2013 was held in August 1–3, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The conference sold out a month in advance with attendance reaching 12,000 people.[14] Among the hundreds of online video creators on hand for panel sessions, concerts and personal meet-ups were: Christina Grimmie, Tyler Oakley, Sam Tsui, Jenna Marbles, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Charlie McDonnell, Dave Days, Grace Helbig, Hank and John Green, iJustine, Phillip DeFranco, Rhett and Link, Shane Dawson, Miranda Sings, Felix Kjellberg, Internet Killed Television, Kina Grannis, PrankvsPrank, Shay Carl, Dane Boedigheimer, VitalyzdTv, Dan Howell, Phil Lester, Toby Turner, Sam Pepper, The Fine Brothers, Smosh, Troye Sivan, Greg Benson, Corey Vidal, Catherine Wayne, Glozell, Laura Vitale, Shanna Malcolm, Olga Kay, Nikki Limo, Joey Graceffa, Zoe Sugg, Louise Pentland, Alfie Deyes, Marcus Butler, Joe Sugg, Tanya Burr, Jim Chapman, Connor Franta, Caspar Lee, and many others. YouTube signed a deal in 2013 to become the principal sponsor of VidCon for two years.[15]

2014 (5th annual VidCon)[edit]

Our2ndLife at VidCon 2014

VidCon 2014 was held in June 26–28, 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center.[16] Some YouTubers in attendance were: Grace Helbig, Natalie Tran, Joe Sugg, Jim Chapman, The Adrid Family, Tanya Burr, Alfie Deyes, Marcus Butler, Hannah Hart, Jenna Marbles, Mamrie Hart, Emma Blackery, Shane Dawson, Lauren Schnipper, Joey Graceffa, Lohanthony, Superwoman, Anthony Padilla, EjSillyFilms, Ian Hecox, Connor Franta, Caspar Lee, O2L, iJustine, GloZell, Dan Howell, Phil Lester, Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan, Bethany Mota, Zoe Sugg, John Green, Hank Green, Rhett & Link, Charlie McDonnell, Catherine Valdes, Meghan Tonjes, Tessa Violet, NanaLew, Ricky Dillon, Kian Lawley, Ryan Higa, Phillip DeFranco, Kalel Cullen, Trevor Moran, EvantubeHD, Kittiesmama, Bratayley, Miranda Sings, Colleen Ballinger and many more.

The industry track featured talks given by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Dreamworks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos, as well as VidCon cofounder John Green.

There were various concerts during the convention including We The Kings and Meghan Tonjes.

2015 (6th annual VidCon)[edit]

VidCon 2015 took place on July 23-25, 2015, at the Anaheim Convention Center. [17] The number of people attending was limited, so there would only be slightly more people than in 2014. However, the space was enlarged, with the convention taking up the entire Convention Center.[18] There were over 300 YouTube creators who performed, exhibited and connected with the attendees.

VidCon 2015 used a new system for fans to meet the creators, requiring Community members to sign up a month in advance to meet specific creators.[19]

2016 (7th annual VidCon)[edit]

VidCon 2016 was held from June 23 through June 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center.[20] The convention announced plans to tighten security at its events in the wake of singer Christina Grimmie's shooting, including adding metal detectors and security officers, and banning informal meet-and-greets between community members and YouTubers.[21]

2017 (8th annual VidCon)[edit]

It has officially been confirmed that the 2017 edition of VidCon will be an international event, as it is the first time the convention is being held outside of California, and even the United States. VidCon 2017 will be held in Amsterdam. It will be held on April 7-9, 2017, at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.

It has also been confirmed that VidCon 2017 will Launch in Australia. It will be held September 9-10 2017, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

VidCon has also confirmed it will be returning to the Anaheim Convention Center in the United States for VidCon 2017 in June along with its two new venues in Europe and Australia.

Types of passes[edit]

VidCon attendees may purchase one of three types of passes, also called badges or tracks, a system rolled out during the 2015 VidCon. At the lowest price, the Community track allows access to the main floor of the Anaheim Convention Center, several stages, the signing and photo hall, the Expo Hall, and more. The second type is the Creator track, which is geared more toward members of the online video community who either produce content themselves or have an interest in doing so. This pass gives access the main and second floor of the venue and creator lounges, which feature panels, workshops, and keynotes that focus on the specifics of creating and editing online video. The third and most expensive type is the Industry track, which gives attendees the chance to attend all VidCon events and enjoy the industry lounge. This badge is mainly designed for those in the online video business,[22] with access to keynote conversations, round-table discussions, hands-on training and platform and product demonstrations. Vidcon provided the industry members with a private zone to relax away from the attendees.[23]

VidCon has a list of featured creators who are invited to the convention and who participate in panels, concerts, and more.[24] These online content creators have access to all events at VidCon as well as the industry lounge, similarly to the Industry track.

Attendance[edit]

Year Venue Attendance Source
2010 Hyatt Regency Century Plaza 1,400 [6]
2011 Hyatt Regency Century Plaza 2,500 [9]
2012 Anaheim Convention Center 7,000 [12]
2013 Anaheim Convention Center 12,000 [14]
2014 Anaheim Convention Center 18,000 [1]
2015 Anaheim Convention Center 19,500 [1]
2016 Anaheim Convention Center 25,500 [25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hamedy, Saba (June 29, 2014). "VidCon 2014: 5 things you may have missed (picture 4 caption)". Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ Carrasco, Ed (February 5, 2013). "VidCon Returns To Anaheim August 1-3, Anticipates 10,000 Attendees". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "YouTube Blog: Our highlights from Vidcon". 
  4. ^ Bascaramurty, Dakshana (July 2, 2010). "Meet your Vloggers - The Globe and Mail". Toronto. 
  5. ^ "Twitter / VidCon 2010". 
  6. ^ a b Pham, Alex (July 10, 2010). "Vidcon conference celebrates YouTube culture". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (July 5, 2010). "VidCon 2010 Promises a Celebration of Online Video". GigaOM. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sold Out Event". 
  9. ^ a b Wallenstein, Andrew (August 1, 2011). "VidCon revels in YouTube". Variety. 
  10. ^ "At VidCon, YouTube's evolution becomes clear". Reuters. July 31, 2011. 
  11. ^ Lang, Derrik (June 30, 2012). "VidCon attracts online video makers, fans". USA Today. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Miller, Liz Shannon (July 1, 2012). "VidCon 2012: love, respect and double rainbows". GigaOM. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  13. ^ Sullivan, James (June 30, 2012). "Third Annual VidCon Features Huge Growth, YouTube Upgrades". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Graham, Jefferson (August 4, 2013). "VidCon brings out YouTube fans". USA Today. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  15. ^ Ed Carrasco (April 29, 2013). "YOUTUBE SIGNS DEAL TO BECOME PRINCIPAL SPONSOR OF VIDCON". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "VidCon 2014 dates". VidCon LLC. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "VidCon 2015 dates". VidCon LLC. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  18. ^ Announcing VidCon 2015!. YouTube. November 12, 2014. 
  19. ^ "VidCon 2015 Agenda". VidCon LLC YouTube. 
  20. ^ "VidCon Announces 2016 Dates, Adds More Events With A Focus On Gaming". Tubefilter. 2015-11-03. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  21. ^ "'Voice' Singer & YouTuber Christina Grimmie's Murder Prompts Tighter VidCon Security". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  22. ^ "About VidCon". VidCon LLC YouTube. 
  23. ^ Rosenbaum, Steve. "What Is Vidcon? And Why Did 20,000 Teens Show Up?", Huffington Post, July 27, 2015
  24. ^ http://vidcon.com/featured-creators/
  25. ^ Cite error: The named reference StreamingMedia2016 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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