Preview: Upcoming tech events summer 2012

VidCon, a huge annual video conference featuring YouTube stars like Phillip DeFranco, will take place in Anaheim, CA from June 28-30. Photo credit: VidCon

As the semester wraps up here at Purdue, it’s a good time to preview all of the awesome tech events that will be taking place over the summer.

There are likely to be more events added to the summer schedule at Purdue, so be sure to check the Purdue Newsroom for updates.

A great site to check for events on the national/international level is tech enthusiast site CNET.

Here are some of the events that are happening around the Purdue/Lafayette area:

  • April 28: 3rd Annual Purdue electronic vehicle Grand Prix takes place at 1 p.m. at the Purdue Grand Prix track (Free and open to the public)
  • May 12: 2nd Purdue Collegiate evGrandPrix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

If you’re not around the Lafayette area, here are some of the large-scale events to look out for this summer:

  • April 26 – 27: TheNextWeb Conference will be taking place in Amsterdam. Events include a hack battle, speakers from prominent companies like YouTube and Reddit, and info about new tech start-ups.
  • June 28-30: 3rd Annual VidCon 2012 in the Anaheim, Calif. Convention Center. Huge video conference to meet and greet with YouTube stars like LiveLavaLive, MeekaKitty and Nanalew. Full list of guests on VidCon website.

What tech events are you looking forward to the most?

SourceFed: the awesome new YouTube channel

SourcedFed is a YouTube channel created under YouTube's $100 million dollar investment to create original content for the site. Photo credit: Tumblr

If you’re not up to speed on YouTube news, they recently decided to pump $100 million dollars into creating  new channels of original content for the website.

One of my new favorite channels from that multimillion dollar investment is called SourceFed.

SourceFed is essentially a video series on YouTube that delivers short video clips about newsy-type topics ranging from politicians to dinosaurs.

It’s sort of like a short version of The Colbert Report for YouTube.

Or as SourceFed describes their channel:

“everything that should and shouldn’t matter to you explained and broken apart by people who vomit words.”

Their flagship show is called 20 Minutes or Less, and it’s all kinds of awesome.

Why?

SourceFed is based on a blog of the same name by Phillip DeFranco, who is one of the biggest celebrities on YouTube. His show, The Phillip Defranco Show, is equally hilarious as well. I watch his show on a daily basis. [Edit: I should note that Philly D’s show is not family friendly (it contains explicit language), but SourceFed keeps it clean – for the most part.]

The writing for 20 Minutes or Less is really great.

The editing is fast paced, the hosts for SourceFed, which include Phillip DeFrancoJoe Beretta, Lee NewtonElliot Morgan, and Kevin Brueck do a really good job keeping the topics interesting with snarky commentary and using a lot of humor throughout the show.

What do you think about YouTube’s investment in original content? Do you watch any YouTube shows on a regular basis?

Here’s an episode of 20 Minutes or Less from last week where the hosts learn that a new species of dinosaur was discovered.