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"For People who Love Online Video"
|Venue||Hyatt Regency Century Plaza (2010-11)
Anaheim Convention Center (2012-present)
|Inaugurated||July 10-11, 2010|
|Most recent||July 23-25, 2015|
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. One of the creators, Hank Green, described it as "a convention, and a conference, and a celebration, and a discussion".
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 with over 1,400 people attending. 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.
2011 (2nd annual VidCon)
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. 2,500 video creators, viewers and industry representatives attended the conference and celebrations.
2012 (3rd annual VidCon)
VidCon 2012, the third annual conference, was held in June 28–30, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center. 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.
2013 (4th annual VidCon)
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. 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.
2014 (5th annual VidCon)
VidCon 2014 was held in June 26–28, 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center. 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 and Link, Charlie McDonell, Catherine Valdes, Meghan Tonjes, Tessa Violet, NanaLew, Ricky Dillon, Kian Lawley, Ryan Higa, Phillip DeFranco, Kalel Cullen, Trevor Moran, Miranda Sings, Colleen Ballinger and many more.
2015 (6th annual VidCon)
VidCon 2015 took place on July 23-25, 2015, at Anaheim Convention Center.  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. 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.
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. 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.
|2010||Hyatt Regency Century Plaza||1,400|||
|2011||Hyatt Regency Century Plaza||2,500|||
|2012||Anaheim Convention Center||7,000|||
|2013||Anaheim Convention Center||12,000|||
|2014||Anaheim Convention Center||18,000|||
|2015||Anaheim Convention Center||19,500|||
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