There are loads of social media events, and many YouTube “community gatherings,” meetups and online video events. But the “South By Southwest” of online-video and YouTube is indisputably VidCon. Organized by Hank and John Green (vlogbrothers), the event in 2010 drew hundreds of community members, top “YouTube Stars,” and Nerdfighters (the active people who rally to reduce the world of “suck”). It also included lots of on-stage entertainment that was shared widely online. VidCon 2011 is planned for July 28-30 in San Francisco, California. Early bird discount if you book before Jan. 10, and the hotel is Hyatt Regency Central Plaza.
Here are some highlights of 2010’s VidCon to give you a flavor. It’s focused on viewers and creators, but does attract industry folks and marketers (and has a special industry track). Unlike some popular YouTube love-festivals where “big YouTubers” are VIP, this one is quite egalitarian.
Being a finalist in the Oreo Global Moments contest renewed my interest in online-video contests. There are a few that have deadlines looming:The XLNTAds Road Trip is due June 30 and has a prize of $7500 with two “runner’s up” prizes of $750. Shoot a pilot episode of a road-trip based show that will attract the interest of a sponsor.A new site (wildpitch.tv) is offering a Mac Pro Tower with 30-inch screen for the best video in its “MakeYourOwnVideoAd.” It’s also due June 30.