Hank Green Speaker
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Hank Green Speaker Profile
William Henry "Hank" Green II (born May 5, 1980, in Birmingham, Alabama) is a professional blogger and the founder of the environmental technology blog EcoGeek. He is also a singer/songwriter, as well as the co-owner of DFTBA Records. Hank Green has achieved Internet fame through his day-to-day YouTube video blogs (or Vlog), known as the Brotherhood 2.0 Project, along with his brother, author John Green, and with their shared Vlogbrothers channel, which is currently the 90th most subscribed YouTube channel of all time.
Soon after his birth, Hank Green and his family moved to Orlando, Florida. There he attended Winter Park High School; he graduated in 1998. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in biochemistry from Eckerd College and a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. He currently resides in Missoula, Montana, with his wife Katherine Green (to whom he refers as "The Katherine").
In high school, Green was fascinated by Mars and the prospect of human colonization. This led to his first publication, a piece for the Marswest Project, titled "Let's go to Mars" which was re-published as lead editorial in Space Times Magazine.[non-primary source needed] According to his vlog on April 2, he was also one of the "founding members" of the Mars Society. This fascination also led him onto the internet, where he created a top-ranked website on Mars Exploration.
The success of this site led Hank to create more websites. After high school, Hank created ihatei4.com, a community for people in the Orlando area who were tired of their commutes. The site was featured on radio, television and in the Orlando Sentinel.
Hank continued as a web developer after moving to Montana for graduate school, focusing on developing websites for educational institutions (including the University of Montana) and environmental non-profit organizations.
In Grad School, he created EcoGeek, the Web's first environmental technology website. Starting out as a class project, EcoGeek evolved into a major environmental blog, the largest blog on environmental technology.
EcoGeek is well respected among environmentalists and even caught the attention of Time, where it was described as "porn for hardcore science, tech and enviro freaks". Writing about environmental issues, Green has been published on numerous environmental blogs, including Treehugger.com, Yahoo! Green, The National Geographic Green Guide, and Scientific American.
His expertise is often requested across the media, ranging from appearing on The Weather Channel and Planet Green to occasional work for the New York Times to providing news commentary for NPR. His blog posts are often quoted in various publications. Green has written several articles for Mental Floss was one of three authors of the book Mental Floss: Scatterbrained.
During Hank Green's original year-long run in the Brotherhood 2.0 project, he accepted the challenge to perform an original song biweekly (known as "Song Wednesdays") and he continued, though less frequently, to write songs during 2008. By the spring of 2009, he was once again writing and performing songs on a biweekly basis. The songs he writes, sings, and records are often humorous ditties, such as "I'm Gonna Kill You," "Baby, I Sold Your Dog on eBay," and "People Who Love Giraffes Who Love Giraffes." Hank's most successful song during Brotherhood 2.0 was "Accio Deathly Hallows," which was featured on YouTube preceding the release of the final Harry Potter book., and has been viewed over one million times. The front-page feature gave the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel a boost in their viewers and subscribers, leading to the beginning of the fanbase that they have now. He recently has been creating episodes for an online You-tube series called Assassins Creed Brotherhood 2.0. at which he is incredibly good at entertaining his viewers, and extremely poor at actually playing the game. Along with Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Hank has also begun to play Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (often titled 'Lego Hanky Potter'), on his 'hankgames' channel.
The vast popularity of Green's songs prompted the introduction of his first album, So Jokes, which was released whilst Green was on tour with his brother, promoting the book Paper Towns. The album reached number 22 on the Billboard top 25 revenue generating albums online.
Hank and his brother John ran a popular video blog project called Brotherhood 2.0. The original project ran from January 1 to December 31, 2007, with the premise that the brothers would cease all text-based ("textual") communication for the year and instead converse by video blogs, made available to the public via their YouTube channel Vlogbrothers and on their website. The initial idea for the project was created by John, because, during an instant messaging conversation between the two, he pointed out they had not gone past the realms of communication via phone conversations, e-mails, and instant messaging for nearly a year.
Recurring themes included "Nerdfighters", adding the phrase "in your pants" to book titles, "Song Wednesdays", "Question Tuesdays" (This normally did not take place on a Tuesday, which lead to video titles such as "Question Tuesday on Friday"), punishments for breaking the rules and featuring giraffe sex as the thumbnail for videos. First intended as a joke, it soon became apparent that said thumbnail substantially increased the number of views. With over 20 million combined views, equalling about 20% of their total video views, three of their top four most viewed videos use the giraffe sex thumbnail.
In their December 31, 2007 video, it was revealed that the brothers had decided not to stop vlogging even though the project had ended.
In 2008, John and Hank met up with their fans, known as "Nerdfighters". The first gathering was a last minute decision, but despite the short three day notice, nearly a hundred people attended. In August, John and Hank were invited to the Google office in Chicago to talk about the project. That same day, they filled the Harold Washington Library with some four hundred enthusiastic young adults. Following John's tour, promoting his third novel, Paper Towns, the brothers went on a national tour in November. With events in 17 different cities, they met thousands of Nerdfighters at local libraries and community centers. During this tour, Hank released his first album of Nerdfighter-themed songs, entitled So Jokes.
The Green brothers have been interviewed on PotterCast and were keynote speakers at the Harry Potter fan convention LeakyCon 2009.
In addition to spawning a large online fan community and creating a large amount of YouTube popularity, the Brotherhood 2.0 project has also succeeded in its original mission. The two brothers have come to communicate more thoroughly with each other, and have a larger influence in each others' lives than before the project was initiated. The brothers talked on the phone once or twice a year before Brotherhood 2.0, but, according to Hank Green's wife Katherine, they now "talk almost every day."
John and Hank continue to post vlogs several times a week on their YouTube account, Vlogbrothers. With over 400,000 subscribers, they are the 27th most subscribed directors of all time on the website. Their videos have been watched over 100 million times.
DFTBA Records (an initialism for "Don't Forget to Be Awesome") is a record label co-founded by Hank Green and Alan Lastufka in 2008. Its main focus is music generated by prominent YouTube stars, such as Hank Green himself, Charlie McDonnell, Alex Day, Craig Benzine's band (Driftless Pony Club), and Mike Lombardo. Distribution of records by DFTBA Records is largely independent; Lastufka himself generally oversees most of the distribution.
The goal of the record label, as Lastufka stated in a video on the subject, is to provide a distribution network for talented artists of YouTube and to make sure their music reaches out to the "largest audience possible." The record label claims to aid a bigger audience in connecting with the artists, and make the "YouTube experience" more lucrative, more exciting, and more fun. The offices of DFTBA Records are in Manhattan, IL.
In December 2009, Hank, and his brother John Green launched VidCon, a Youtube conference which was to be held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles in the July 2010. The event sold out and a second year has been announced to take place in July 2011.
* So Jokes (2008)
* I'm So Bad at This: Live! (2009)
* This Machine Pwns n00bs (2009)
* Ellen Hardcastle (name of the contest winner) (2010)
Also appears on:
* Wrock for Darfur (2008)
* DFTBA Records, Volume One (2009)
* C4N'7 R3M1X35 (2010)
* DFTBA Records, Volume Two (2010)
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