This week YouTube is celebrating geek culture with its inaugural Geek Week, a showcase of popular channels and videos of “geekery and nerdism” from around the world.
Produced in conjunction with Nerdist, Geek Week is highlighting more than 100 channels during the seven-day event (August 4-August 10), unveiling original videos, series premiers, creative collaborations, and other popular geek videos found on YouTube.
“Today’s obsession with all-things-geek has sparked a global community on YouTube, enabling fans around the world to express their love of superheroes, comics, gaming, science and sci-fi,” YouTube said in a news release.
The highlight of the week is scheduled on “Super Wednesday”, which will unveil an exclusive trailer for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World – coming to theaters November 8th.
With women being regularly ostracized from geek culture, we will be watching to see if YouTube and Nerdist are spreading geek-elitism or will be inclusive of women this Geek Week. Let’s hope they are above the fray.
Check out the Geek Week promo and what’s in store for the rest of the week.
Blockbuster Sunday: A celebration of iconic characters, movies, and shows that define geek culture, with a special spotlight placed on the best original YouTube sci-fi, fantasy, and animated videos. Hosted by FreddieW in the U.S., with new content from Tomska in the U.K.
Global Geekery Monday: Explore geek culture from around the world with anime from Tokyo, comic book heroes from Delhi, and a celebration of the U.K.’s Doctor Who. Hosted by YOMYOMF in the U.S., with a special new episode of the British cult children’s show Knightmare.
Brainiac Tuesday: A focus on science, education, and knowledge channels that make YouTube the world’s biggest platform for learning. Hosted by Veritasium and The Spangler Effect in the U.S., with an “epic” stunt from Head Squeeze and Flow in the U.K.
Super Wednesday: Explore superheroes, the supernatural, and the super-weird. Hump Day also marks the exclusive release of the trailer for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World. Hosted by Stan Lee’s World of Heroes in the U.S., with an “unbelievable” stunt from Fast Furious & Funny in the U.K.
Gaming Thursday: A gamer’s paradise filled with life play-throughs, real-life video games, game-inspired original series, and more. Hosted by Machinima and Maker Studios’ Polaris in the U.S., with a Guinness World Records gaming attempt live stream from the U.K.
Fan Friday: Sci-fi-themed cooking, cosplay, and nerd debates. Hosted by Felicia Day of Geek and Sundry in the U.S., with an ultimate geeky quiz by Crabstickz from the U.K.