Online video fanatics of the world rejoice! VidCon 2012 is headed to the Anaheim Convention center on June 28th. According to VidCon staff, the event will host more than 6,000 people, which is a significant increase from last year’s 2,500 attendees. For those of you unfamiliar with the convention, VidCon is a three-day event dedicated to anything and everything having to d with online video. The event will feature events sponsored by companies like YouTube, Blip and Machinima.
Like any good conference, VidCon will host a multitude of concerts, meet-ups and panels all featuring influential members of the video community. Panels at VidCon will support discussions and education on the online video industry from a variety of new media tastemakers, which leads me to believe my invitation got lost in the mail (I did help create the ground breaking infographic “Which Cat Video Are You?”)
Some of the celebrities at VidCon include Dave Days, DeStorm, MysteryGuitarMan, iJustine, Shay Carl, Smosh and Shane Dawson. Hank Green, creator of VidCon, had this to say about the level of talent that will be attending the event, “Every day, billions of videos are watched online. Many of the creators at VidCon have larger audiences than successful cable shows. VidCon is about giving those people a chance to talk about, celebrate, and enjoy the new world they are creating.”
VidCon will also feature an industry only day on the 28th, which will encourage creators and producers to get together and talk about the world of online videos. The industry driven part of the conference will not host any specific concerts or panels, those events are reserved for the main conference on the 29th and 30th.
You can head over to VidCon.com and pick up an expo pass for $35 that will only get you into the expo floor. Passes for the full convention, including programming, will cost you $100. Finally, industry passes for every event at VidCon are on sale for $350, to which I say, ‘do you accept videos of cats and or jelly beans as payment?’