This weekend, Anaheim residents and those that took the trek out to California were treated to the 9th Annual VidCon US — a convention where 30,000 techies came together to celebrate the ever-growing online community of video content producers.
The “world’s largest event for people who make and love online video” went down through the weekend of June 20 – 23, with a host of panel Q&As, concerts, screenings and workshops that catered to three specific categories: Community, Creator and Industry. The highlight of the three-day convention ended up being the huge announcement that VidCon founder Hank Green will be launching the “VidCon Emerging Creator Grant Program” to gift a one-time $2,000 grant to an emerging online video content creator every week during the next year.
The programming lineup, which saw the likes of Liza Koshy, Nikita Dragun, Kevin LaSean, Anna Akana, Shan Boody, Macro CEO Charles D. King and more as guest panelists, brought a series of diverse activations. Some of the ones that stood out include the “#YouTubeBlack” panel, “Latinx Comedy: Making it Mainstream” talk, “Not Straight, Not White, Not Serious” discussion, and the female-led panel “Who Run the World.” Industry execs also made their way to the event, with Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, Facebook Head of Talent Partnerships Bree Nguyen, YouTube chief products officer Neil Mohan, Twitter Global VP & Head of Content Partnerships Kay Madati, and Snapchat Head of Talent Partnerships Lauren Gallo joining King as the “big wig” representatives in the building.
Get a look at more images from this year’s VidCon US convention below, and read up more on the VidCon Creator Grant Program by clicking here.
Also, check out our exclusive video recap of the VidCon US experience, hosted by singer Kyla Imani, on the road to SOURCE360 by clicking here.
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