The YouTube sponsored event was a fun and information filled three days, bringing together all the major players in the digital space today. VidCon consisted of interesting panel discussions and keynote speeches, mobs of screaming tweens, some exciting announcements and perhaps most importantly, internet cats.
Below are a few of my highlights from VidCon 2014:
- The opening keynote address was great way to kick off things off. Hank Green opened the conference with such enthusiasm that it was hard not to be excited for what was ahead. There was a great selection of speakers, including Bernie Burns (Rooster Teeth), Fred Seibert (Frederator Studios) and popular youtubers Rhett & Link to name a few.
- Running Your Own Studio was one of my favourite panels of the conference; the panelist shared some of their learnings since launching studios of their own and gave great advice to those starting out. A particularly good piece of advice was that from Bandon Laatsch; simply put, when starting out ‘don’t hire anyone, just ask people to help you’.
- John Green – from his keynote address on the opening day of the conference, to all the panel discussions he took part in, everything the man had to say was well thought out and insightful. If you have the chance to hear him speak do, he has some interesting things to say.
- The Expo Hall provided a great opportunity to get to know some of the companies producing the most popular online content today and the chance to network with other digital creators.
- Grumpy Cat – I’m not going to lie, I was very interested to hear that the Grumpy Cat was making an appearance at the conference this year. I however did not have the stamina to queue for 3+ hours for a photo with the famous feline. I made do.