CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, will keynote VidCon for the second year in a row.
Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the leader of the video platform this conference is all about should step up and talk a bit about it. What is sort of surprising is that YouTube is only 10 years old — it feels like the video platform has been around since the dawn of time, at this point.
“I was a big advocate of Google’s acquisition of YouTube back in 2006 when the platform was just a year old,” said Wojcicki in a statement. At VidCon 2015, which will take place between July 23 and 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, she will reflect on YouTube’s growth and look to the future of the digital video industry.
Wojcicki joins a VidCon speaker list that includes Ze Frank of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, Jim Lanzone of CBS Interactive, and David Beebe of Marriott International, to name a few. This is a big expansion from the kind of creators who attended Vidcon during its first year in 2010, where individual YouTubers (still famous ones, like Justine Ezarik and Shane Dawson) served as the main attractions, as opposed to brands and major publishing companies.
While VidCon 2010 boasted about 1,400 attendees, this year’s conference is set to include over 300 YouTubers and upwards of 20,000 others coming to the event, fans and advertisers alike. Attendees will be split up into separate tracks — the Industry Track for digital video professionals, the Creator Track for, you guessed it, creators, and the Community Track, for the creators’ fans. Across these tracks, there will be over 540 speakers in total.
VidCon was founded by Hank and John Green (the “Vlogbrothers”) in 2010.