Online Video NewsVideo TrendsVidCon 2016: All The Important Stuff To Watch Out For

VidCon is the 3-day annual event for online-video creators and it is one of the biggest dates in the YouTube Calender. John and Hank Green created VidCon as a convention, a conference, a celebration, and a discussion. It’s a chance for fans to meet creators, to learn more about how and why they do it, and essentially- it’s just one-big-party!

VidCon is going global next year!

Vidcon is held in Anaheim, California. So events take place in the Anaheim convention Center and The Marriot( which is just next door and one of VidCon’s biggest sponsors). It is held in California because John and Hank found it to be the most convenient place for creators (geographically and otherwise).

But now it has outgrown Anaheim and is going global for 2017. Next year, the conference is headed overseas to Europe and Australia. VidCon Europe will debut April 8-9, 2017 in Amsterdam, while VidCon Australia will launch September 9-10, 2017 in Melbourne.

Hank Green, co-founder of VidCon and half of Vlogbrothers said:

“The growth of online video, and the ability for creators like myself to have such enjoyable careers, is due to a passionate and engaged community that is truly global. We are excited that we can bring the VidCon experience to Europe and Australia, where the fan and creator communities are so strong and truly thriving.”

VidCon has tightened the security a lot in the wake of Christina Grimmie’s shooting.

This year’s VidCon, which kicks off June 23, is tightening its security following the death of Christina Grimmie, who was shot and killed during a meet and greet after her show in Orlando, Florida.

VidCon announced in a statement Tuesday that it will add additional law enforcement, as well as undercover police officers, in the wake of both Grimmie’s murder and the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 people dead. The total number of security officers will come to 450, nearly twice as many as last year.

Fans will also have to go through metal detectors before entering the Twitter Meet and Greet Hall and will be subject to random bag checks. They’ll also no longer be able to approach featured creators after panels.
Also, fans are no more allowed to give creators gifts or letters or to ask questions and talk after panels. Creators won’t be able to linger after panels and the audience will not be allowed to approach the panellists.

“This sucks; obviously, we don’t want to build a wall between creators and their communities, but it is unfortunately necessary.
As in all years we want VidCon to be fun, but you can’t have fun without being safe, and the VidCon Team is committed to making sure that everyone’s safety is the number one priority.”

VidCon will be Live for 3 days!!

This year, it will be hosting a three-day livestream, powered by YouTube, featuring a TON of VidCon panels, Q&As, keynotes, interviews, behind the scenes fun, and more.

The livestream will be hosted by Kingsley, Lee Newton, and Elliott Morgan and will run all three days of VidCon, from June 23-25.

The Live streaming includes (among lots of other content)- YouTube’s Industry Keynote, the VidCon Variety Show, the Creator Track Keynote, Q&As with Connor Franta, Smosh, and SourceFed, and more!

You’ll be able to watch the stream on or But watch it Live with everyone else on VidCon’s YouTube Channel today at 9:45pm.

Click ‘continue reading‘ for the full Schedule and Line-up at VidCon’s site below-

Check it out. You might be surprised how ‘all-out’ does VidCon actually go. It has a Disney day! Right after the event ends, they take the creators for Disneyland and California Adventure.

Agenda at a Glance

Samsung’s new Creator program encourages filmmakers to create VR content with its technology.

Vidcon has over 50 sponsors. One of whom is Samsung. As its virtual reality technology continues to gain popularity, Samsung launched a program, called Samsung Creators which is aimed at encouraging the development of VR content. It’s a series of seminars and classes for educating filmmakers and influencers about how to produce video stories for this new media format.

Samsung said that it’s going to be at the VidCon conference in Los Angeles, California, this month and will host the first seminars and classes there. The company is working with filmmaker Casey Neistat to highlight emerging creators from YouTube in a feature that will air at the event.


Entertainment Weekly reports-The launch of this program coincides with Samsung’s launch of Samsung VR, which is a rebrand of Samsung Milk VR. This portal is essentially a one-stop shop for all virtual reality films, shows, and more. It will now support user-generated content that anyone can share using their own 360-degree videos.

There are many ways to create 360-degree videos, but it’s likely that with the Samsung Creators program, the company will push filmmakers to use not only its smartphones but also its newest camera, the Gear 360.

Not only are there numerous available headsets, including the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Google Cardboard, but the rate of content production seems to be rapidly increasing as well. It’s said that in May, more than 1 million people used Samsung’s headset, and analysts estimate that VR could grow to $40 billion in revenues by 2020.

Consumer interest in the VR space extends way beyond gaming. Travel, entertainment, events, home design, and education may be the areas to broach next.

Fantastic Beasts gets VidCon preview with Tyler Oakley, more YouTubersfantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-eddie-redmayne_1

To promote the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, VidCon invited YouTubers from around the world to discuss the wizarding world and answer fan questions.

In a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them live-streamed panel (which has since been removed from Facebook and YouTube) moderated by social media stars Tyler Oakley and Ingrid Nilsen, the pair joined Andrés Navy, Leticia Torre Walsh, Jack Maynard, Charlie McDonnell, Fátima Orozco, Javier Ruescas, and Holly Molly to discover what magical spells they would all use, and in line with the event, what was so lasting about the franchise about “the boy who lived.”

Held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, Warner Bros. invited J.K. Rowling fans to join in the festivities via Twitter. The “Fantastic Beasts” Twitter account sent out an online invitation that read, “You’re invited! Join creators from around the world for one special night.”

Hank Green tells Entertainment Weekly which YouTubers to watch out for this year-

zoe-sugg_glamour_5feb15_getty_b_1440x9601.Dan Howell and Phil Lester
These British best friends probably have the most passionate audience at VidCon. They’re friendly, approachable, and goofy, but there’s real depth in what they’re creating. At first it just seems funny and harmless, but when you get into it, it feels like a community.

2. Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn, “Just Between Us”
This odd couple jump back and forth between unscripted (but heavily edited) conversations and a fresh take on scripted comedy. This is what Tina Fey and Amy Poehler would be doing right now if they were in their 20s.

3. Meghan Tonjes
With a voice like an Adele and strong messages of self-care and body positivity, Meghan’s confidence and passion have inspired her audience, and she inspires me as well.

4. Nathan Zed, “The ThirdPew”
He’s 19, shockingly talented, ludicrously handsome, always hilarious, and refusing to drop out of college. If his fast-paced videos were just funny, that would be one thing, but they always come packed with cultural insight, too.

5. Lilly Singh, “Superwoman”
She’s blazing a whole new path that the entertainment industry needs to notice — and fast. A book, a movie, a world tour, and a die-hard fan base are the result of her constantly top-notch content and genius-level ability to understand her platform.

Okay now, thanks for reading, but don’t you have to catch Vidcon LIVE right now??????!!! Go. NOW.

Kritika Bansal

Kritika is a sleep deprived Vidooly content writer based in New Delhi with an inexplicable weakness for pre-loved books, Tumblr, YouTube, TV shows, Pop music, and the sultry voice of Benedict Cumberbatch. Kritika is also currently on a road to become a creative.

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