This originally appeared in BCN issue 115.

2012’s BiCon was in Bradford, bringing the year’s biggest bi event to Yorkshire for the first time in its nearly-30-year history. 

After the trials of 2011 in Leicester – fire alarms going off, weevils in the cupboards and a large swathe of the conference having to relocate part way through – it was a much calmer affair.

A notable innovation was a smartphone app for both Android and iPhone which let attendees keep their itinerary for the weekend in their pocket rather than carry round bundles of paper all weekend – also letting the organisers instantly update many attendees’ copies of the programme for the weekend each day whether they attended plenaries or not.  To think just two years ago a daily newssheet was the new shiny thing!

Issue 114 of BCN was out and given away to everyone attending the conference.  It broke new ground for us – it was our first full-colour edition.  Many thanks to a generous donor who made that possible!  We also unveiled our new BCN popup display stand, which has already graced stalls at a couple of other events and gives a big splash of purple.

The BiCon wagon rolls on to Scotland next, where it will run from 18th – 21st July next summer.  See you there?

Pictured, clockwise from top: group photo at the end of the conference; the Ball theme of bisexuals all at sea brought out a lot of creativity – and a request that in future BCN should print tips on cheap DIY costume-making in the run up to BiCon; new group Bis of Colour had their own flat to strengthen links around the country; and our shiny popup display stand, seen since at events in Manchester and  Brighton.