Friday, September 21, 2007

Australian YouTube Gathering - As One Melbourne December 1st

So I can finally go public with my other big news. Along with notorious YouTuber SeanBedlam (AKA Sean Burke) and my good friend Adrian Calear, I have been involved in organising the first big YouTube gathering in Australia. We are having a gathering in Melbourne on Saturday, December 1st.

Our original plan (and the one I still want to happen) was to have a gathering in Sydney on the previous weekend. This was mainly so we could have a road trip between the two gatherings. The problem has been that we couldn't find someone on the ground in Sydney to commit to organise things. But it isn't too late! Anyone who lives in Sydney who fancies themselves as an organiser should contact us and we'll do everything we can to support an event in Sydney.

The gathering in Melbourne will be at Federation Square, right next to Flinders Street Station in the city. This is going to be far more than a bunch of people gathering in the same place to meet each other (although that alone would be good). We're partnering with the people who run Fed Square and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI - which is right in Fed Square) to make it a great event. There are some fantastic facilities at Federation Square and ACMI and I'm looking forward to showing some of them off in the lead-up.

It looks like the launch has gone off with a bang on YouTube with one of the highest profile Australians on YouTube, Blunty3000, putting up a video celebrating us finally having a gathering in Australia.

Cory Williams (AKA MR Safety of SMP Films) will also be helping promote the event. Cory ran the first successful large scale YouTube gatherings in Hollywood and San Francisco under the banner "As One". The San Francisco As One gathering in particular has been described by attendees as "life changing". So with Cory's help (and hopefully the whole YouTube community's help) As One Melbourne will be even better. Cosmos changing maybe.

Anyway, here's my launch video:

And here's Cory's As One videos from Hollywood:

And San Francisco:

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