YouTube fans converge on Ontario Science Centre

Video cameras in hand, members of the YouTube online community will converge at the Ontario Science Centre, August 8-9, for “888torontomeetup,” a massive party for fans and participants of the three-year-old video-sharing platform. Over 550 people have already registered, some from as far away as Argentina and South Africa. Activities will include bottle rockets, an open mic for acoustic performers, solar observing, and videotaping opportunities.

Meetups are a growing phenomenon among YouTubers. Small gatherings have been cropping up, but larger events, such as last year’s 777 (July 7, 2007) at New York City’s Washington Square Park, have attracted hundreds of participants. Members who have come to know each other via video get to meet in person, many for the first time.

This type of collaboration and innovation is part of the Ontario Science Centre’s philosophy of extending its reach to a broader audience. Through podcasts, polls, and science updates on, as well as videos on YouTube and Yahoo, the Science Centre has been helping the public engage with scientists, learn about issues of the day, and participate in discussion and debate.

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