One of the biggest requests we had for the 2015 conference was a way for first-time attendees to meet and break the ice with all the veterans who have not only come to utopYA in past years, but who just have more conference and signing experience.
While we do have a very popular panel that interactively addresses how to get over social anxiety and learn how to network effectively, which is led by Mindy Ruiz and Megan Curd, people were wanting something even before the conference starts so they aren’t standing around the lobby staring at everyone tackle hugging while they pretend to check their smart phones.
Author S.M. Boyce, a woman I have had the incredible pleasure of getting to know personally over the past year or so, came to me with an idea that not only solved the issue, but made it FUN for all.
Introducing Newtopia. This BINGO-style game will take you through the entire four-day conference with ways to get to know every aspect of the conference, make friends AND earn a chance to win a Harry Potter/Hermione Granger-style time-turner. Newtopia BINGO will take place Wednesday, June 17 at 6 PM. See the SCHED app for location, and to let people know you will be there!!!
Big thanks to Boyce for creating and hosting this fun event. I look forward to seeing you there!