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VidCon LLC
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"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 July 23-25, 2015
Attendance 2015: 19,500[1]

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] One of the creators, Hank Green, described it as "a convention, and a conference, and a celebration, and a discussion".


VidCon founders Hank and John Green at VidCon 2014


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 most viewed 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] 2,500 video creators, viewers and industry representatives attended the conference and celebrations.[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. 7,000 video creators, viewers and industry representatives attended the conference and celebrations.[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.[14] Among the hundreds of online video creators on hand for panel sessions, concerts and personal meet-ups were: 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, 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, 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 McDonell, Catherine Valdes, Meghan Tonjes, Tessa Violet, NanaLew, Ricky Dillon, Kian Lawley, Ryan Higa, Phillip DeFranco, Kalel Cullen, Trevor Moran, EvantubeHD, Kittiesmama, Bratayley, Daily Bumps, Miranda Sings, Colleen Ballinger and many more.

The industry track featured talks given by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, New York Times best-selling author John Green, and Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos.

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 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 also had a Creator Track, which featured panels, workshops, and keynotes that focused on the specifics of creating and editing online video. Along with the Creator Track, the Industry Track and Community Track were also available for the three days of the convention, the Community Track being the largest.[19]

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.[20] The Industry Track consisted of 2000 professionals from companies including tech, advertising, MCN's, brand managers and media. There were four kinds of industry track events: 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.[21]


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]


  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. ^ "About VidCon". VidCon LLC YouTube. 
  20. ^ "VidCon 2015 Agenda". VidCon LLC YouTube. 
  21. ^ Rosenbaum, Steve. "What Is Vidcon? And Why Did 20,000 Teens Show Up?", Huffington Post, July 27, 2015

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