On January 19th Tenani (Nanisnap) organised Auckland’s first gathering since 2010! The gathering was focused around community-bonding, with the day’s schedule left clear for optimal interaction. It was held at the ASB Cube Theatre, with about 50-60 people attending the event, both creators and viewers.
On the day we had a few YouTube goodies to giveaway to lucky YouTubers, including T-shirts, jackets and notepads! If you got one of these snazzy items it’d be great to see some pictures of you with your YouTube gear [Tweet us]!
Also, the lovely Janne (InsanelyJanne) made some brilliant New Zealand YouTube-themed cookies, which were quickly Instagrammed and devoured by the delighted YouTubers. Thanks for making those Janne, they were such a fun treat! Be sure to check out Janne’s channel, she’s just begun her YouTube adventure so let’s show her some support!
We had another surprise too! TV3 News turned up to cover the event. Some YouTubers were interviewed about their experience on Youtube and then the camera roamed the crowds to get some shots of the gathering. Both Britney (britneyofLAH) and Katie (ThatKatieProject) made the cut and were aired on TV3 News that night, intercut with images from JacksGap’s Rickshaw Run Series and a NZ-based web series. Although the story completely missed the point of the gathering, and instead focused on the typical ‘making money on YouTube’ story, it got a lot of people excited – There was even a group of New Zealand YouTubers huddled in a hotel room eagerly awaiting the news report. You can watch the story here, just ignore the misleading title.
Then, thanks to the nifty balcony, we took a great group shot of the attendees – Look at all those excited New Zealand YouTubers! You can clearly see in this image that this gathering was double the size of last year’s Wellington Meet Up. It’s great to see more people getting involved in the YouTube scene, both as creators and viewers.
Now that the gathering is over we look towards planning the next gathering and making it bigger and better. As always, it will most likely be based on the North Island in either Wellington or Auckland, and won’t be until the end of 2014 or early 2015. But if you haven’t gotten enough of meeting YouTubers, then maybe check out events held in Australia and the US!
Hope you had a great time at the NZYT Gathering!