How To Get the Most out of VidCon Australia 2018

The world’s largest online video convention VidCon is almost here for its second local installment, with festivities kicking off Friday August the 31st.  With over 130 speakers (61 of those featured creators from around the world), and almost 100 hours of keynotes, panels, and entertainment on offer – VidCon Australia 2018 is sure to be a busy weekend for those attending.


To make the most out of the jam packed VidCon Australia weekend, it’s important to know where to spend your time before you walk in. You can’t do it all, so here are some tips as to where the Valleyarm team will be concentrating their time.


Learn From the Best

Want the opportunity to interact with featured creators first hand? These are the Q&A’s we’d recommend so you can see first hand the creators who are currently making waves in online video.


WHO: Liza Koshy & Kristen McAtee Best Friend Hour

WHERE: YouTube Community Stage 1

WHEN: Saturday 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Dominating the social platforms with her YouTube Red original series ‘Liza On Demand’, Liza Koshy has 15 Million YouTube subscribers, 2 Billion views, and 2 Streamy Awards under her belt since launching her channel in 2013. Accompanied by Kristen McAtee, with 975,000 subscribers, the two are a comedic powerhouse who are embracing the changes happening to the YouTube platform.


WHO: Thomas Sanders Q&A

WHERE: YouTube Community Stage 1

WHEN: Saturday 2:30pm – 3:30 pm

Rising to internet stardome on Vine, with 5 million followers when the platform shutdown (17th most followed viner of all time), Thomas is well known for his comedic and musical skits across all platforms. With 2.8 million subscribers on YouTube, 2 Shorty Awards, and 1 Streamy Award, Thomas is an expert across multiple platforms and has mastered the art of consistent and creative content.


WHO: Grace Helbig / Hannah Hart / Mamrie Hart Q&A

WHERE: YouTube Community Stage

WHEN: Sunday 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Commonly referred to as the ‘Holy Trinity’ – and with a combined subscriber base of 6.5 million people – Grace, Hannah and Mamrie are known as YouTube royalty to internet culture fanatics with their channels covering a broad spectrum of topics from a comedic view. These three best friends have been featured creators in multiple VidCon’s over the years, and share great insight to the world of YouTube and internet culture.


Have Some Fun

Want a break from all the learning? Break up the day with some fun activities in the Expo Hall Stage with some of the featured creators. You’ll see us smiling at the following:


  • Vidcon Opening Show Hosted by Alex Wassabi and Adelaine Morin [Friday 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm]
  • Dance with Jayden Rodrigues [Saturday 10:00am – 10:30am]
  • Skit Box and Tanya Hennessy [Saturday 2:30pm – 3:00pm]
  • Gaming with Eystreem [Saturday 4:00pm – 4:45pm]
  • Stretching with Sarah’s Day [Sunday 9:30am 10:00 am]


Talk the Talk

So you’ve done some learning, and had some fun – now it’s time to settle in for some of the panels. There are plenty of industry experts sharing their knowledge and speaking about what the future of online video holds. Our top 5 picks are:


  • 20 Ridiculously Simple Tips YouTubers Are STILL Not Doing. [Room 212/213: 10:00am, Creator Track]
  • Features and Franchises: How BuzzFeed Takes ‘Viral’ and Creates a Brand. [Room 218: 3:00pm, Industry Track]
  • Hands-On with the Top Tools Revolutionising Online Video. [Room 218: 4:00pm, Industry Track]
  • The Screen Australia Online Fund: How to Apply for Money from the Government. [Room 219/220: 11:30am, Creator Track]
  • What Kids Really Watch, Use, and Do with Video. [Room 219/220: 1:00pm, Industry Track]


These panels are all super relevant to growing your channels and ensuring you’re making the most of what is being offered in the world of video. Hear first hand from industry experts their tips and tricks.


Last Tips for VidCon Australia 2018

THE APP – Make sure you use the free VidCon App to your full advantage. Add everything you want to attend into your schedule, and enable notifications to make sure you’re in the know of what is happening and when!

THE HASHTAG – Utilise the hashtag #VIDCONAU. Attendee’s, industry professionals, and featured creators will be tweeting and sharing information on this hashtag throughout the weekend. Stay in the loop, and interact with your fellow VidCon attendees.

THE PEOPLE – Make sure you network! There is such a diverse group of people at VidCon under the one roof, and this year with the “Brella Networking System” Vidcon is assisting you in making networking smarter. Download the Brella app, answer a few questions, and connect with others in the designated networking space.


We can’t wait to see you guys at VidCon. The Valleyarm team will be there all weekend ready to discuss all things YouTube, so keep an eye out for us!


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