- VidCon Now will launch on Saturday, June 20 and will offer panels, Q&A's, performances, and more to connect fans to creators.
Although VidCon canceled its annual Anaheim convention, that was set to take place this week, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VidCon Now series launched in its place.
The virtual event will feature concerts and performances, panel discussions, Q&As, online “meet and greets,” and other interactive events.
VidCon Now will begin on Saturday, June 20, and will offer new programming throughout the summer from Tuesday through Saturday.
VidCon Now will feature VidCon co-founders John and Hank Green, former Twitter executive Bruce Daisley, BEN Network CEO Ricky Ray Butler, and creators including Emma Chamberlain, Brent Rivera, Calle & Poché, Nathan Davis Jr., James Charles, Eugene Lee Yang, and Jasmine Gonzalez. Other creators including Gigi Gorgeous, Jacksepticeye, DreaKnowsBest, Ambers Closet, Miles McKenna, and Vanessa Brasfield will also be participating.
YouTube is the title sponsor of the event and will exclusively live stream Community, Industry, and Creator events.
Initial programming includes sessions:
- “Dear Hank and John” with John and Hank Green as they offer both humorous and heartfelt advice about life’s big and small questions.
- Calle and Poché, answering questions you’ve been wondering about their incredible rise to fame to how they manage their busy schedules and everything in between.
- The Onyx family, who launched their YouTube channel in 2016, and over the last four years have expanded into books, podcasts, online courses, music, merchandise, subscription service, and more will explore how they transitioned from “the struggle life to the Onyx life”, exploring what worked, what didn’t and how to turn an online video channel into a multi-million dollar business.
- Pleasantlytwstd, Jacksepticeye, and Daniel Bong AKA Kasper will share about learning the power of livestreaming, how to set it correctly, and how they have been able to raise millions of dollars to help those in need.
Discord will also serve as the “official community” for VidCon Now under a sponsorship deal. Different channels will be available for creator chats, workshops, panels, and more.
“VidCon has the unique opportunity during this time to bring our community of passionate fans, emerging creators, and industry professionals together for the same top-tier programming you would expect from our IRL convention – delivered into the safety of everyone’s homes – for free,” GM Jim Louderback said in a statement.
Programming will continue to be updated weekly in two-week increments. Attendees will also have the chance to support Black Lives Matter causes through donations to Black Visions Collective and the NAACP as well as to COVID-19 relief efforts through World Health Organization and No Kid Hungry.
VidCon launched in 2010 becoming a staple for creators and fans to connect. The yearly convention was founded by Hank and John Green of YouTube’s Vlogbrothers channel and acquired by Viacom (now ViacomCBS) in 2018.
Registration is free and now open at vidcon.com.