24/7: A DIY Video Summit

Feb 8–Feb 10, 2008
University of Southern California

Aeveral hundred DIY video creators, digital culture scholars, and Internet industry leaders gathered at the University of Southern California for a festival and a conversation about the future of video creation and communication. It was the first event of its kind, at a pivotal moment in the evolution of media, convening the wide ranging communities that are coming together around grassroots, everyday, and amateur video creation. The program showcased screenings of 8 different genres of DIY video, a featured screening highlighting DIY video genres and themes, academic panels on the latest research, arts, and industry perspectives, and practical workshops ranging from copyright explanations to how to make machinima. At the core of the event were the hallway encounters, debates over meals and breaks, and celebrations at the closing reception that brought together the diverse attendees in a set of conversations that could truly be described as a “DIY video summit.” UCHRI researcher Mimi Ito and USC assistant professor Steven Anderson co-chaired the summit. Website