Networking Uncommons


Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Saturday: and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


In the Convention Center

What is it?

Make the connections you want at the Networking Uncommons space in the Convention Center. It’s a dedicated area where you can gather in small groups to have a quick meeting, hold impromptu sessions, polish your presentation, or just recharge your batteries.

We’ll have tables, chairs, free convention center wifi, and a projector and screen, as well as some gadgets in case you want to push content out in real-time. And power strips. Always the power strips....


Sign up for a time slot if you want to plan ahead - otherwise, just show up. During open times, the area is up for grabs, although it's big enough that multiple groups can use it at once, even when someone has scheduled something. Or just look at the topics each day to see what interests you. Note that signing up for a time slot reserves the projector for you.

Gadgets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we won't be able to provide desktop computers or laptops in this space, so you'll need to have your own laptop. If you have a Mac and you want to use the projector, please be sure to bring your VGA dongle, too.

New this year!

Leave your mark! New interactive spaces include:

  • Graffiti Wall -- Community art piece, open discussion, or something else altogether? You decide. Leave your words of wisdom, create a work of art, or just let the world know you were here. #UnWall
  • Storytelling Wall -- opening line provided by our illustrious Booklist editors. Bend the story in whatever direction you choose with a few well chosen words. Come back to see how the story is unfolding and add another line. #UnStory
  • Idea Exchange -- Life is a collection of ideas, so share one or borrow one from this space where people can add suggestions for books, activities, cultural favorites, or even “profound thoughts.” #UnIdeaX
  • LEVEL UP Missions -- Looking to Increase Your Karma, Up Your Game, Make It Happen, and LEVEL UP your Awesome? We’ve got you covered! Level Up Missions are sealed in envelopes to protect the unknowing public from their sheer awesome-ness and are tailor-made to level you up personally and professionally. #UnLVLUP

Snap a picture of your work – or just document the progress of the interactive space – and Tweet / Facebook / Tumblog / etc. it out into the community.

Ways you can use the Uncommons

  • Have a seat on your own for a few minutes to power down.
  • Power up your tech.
  • Continue your group’s discussion after your official meeting.
  • Offer a short, impromptu talk about a topic (just advertise it on Twitter, etc., and show up).
  • Summarize your meeting and use our webcam to stream it live or record it for posting - it’s totally up to you.
  • Have a hot topic everyone’s buzzing about at Midwinter but there’s no formal meeting to discuss it? You’ve found your space – just pick a time and tell everyone.
  • Whatever else you can think of!

Meet and greet, or bring something to eat – it’s your space to use.