VidCon, the digital video conference is winding down this week. For several years VidCon has made Anaheim, California its home. Now, in addition to having Anaheim its home the digital conference will now be going internationally.
In 2017, VidCon will be making its digital way to Amsterdam and Melbourne, Australia. Founders Hank and John Green (TheVlogBrothers) have said to had noticed that 80% of YouTube views have come from outside the United States.
"These places have their own stars, and they also love some of the same stuff that's popular in the states," Hank Green has stated to the LA times. "We want VidCon to foster and connect the creative community in other places the way it has here in America"
VidCon has grown into an increasingly important forum. Paul Verna, analyst for emarketer states, "VidCon started out as just vloggers', [or video bloggers'], convention, but it's grown into so much more than that."
Hank Green has said that talks about expanding VidCon outside the United States began about a year ago just after the 2015 convention. "VidCon in Anaheim is very special and I don't want to lose that, " Green said. "I never felt the need to do more in the U.S." About ten percent of attendees from last years conference were said to be attending from outside the United States.
Here is what we know about the Amsterdam and Melbourne conferences:
In Amsterdam, the conference will take place at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre on April 8th and 9th. While the Melbourne conference is slated to take place at the Melbourne convention and Exhibition Centre on September 9th and 10th. Each conference is expected to attract about 7,500 attendees each, which is roughly a third of what the Anaheim conference attracts now.
No word yet on what content creators will be making appearances at VidCon Amesterdam and VidCon Melbourne as of yet.
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