We're going paperless this year as much as possible. The website will be your guide.
Why no program booklet?
Honestly, it isn't because our first idea was to go paperless to save the environment from wasting more paper and the process of making it... it is about money and the ability to do more important things with what little we have.
We've done with conference this year without any corporate sponsorships. All of the money we've raised has come from individual people, small non-profits, registration fees, and in-kind donations (like meal sponsorships or parking fee sponsorships). And we've had a lot of extra costs come up that we were not supposed to have so foregoing the booklet in favor of offering more food seemed like the best use of our limited funds.
So while many professional conferences primarily use online agendas and flashdrive options, we did not make that decision to be more like them or embrace more academics. We are proud of the grassroots, nitty-gritty way we throw this together and fellowship with each other... there is something beautiful and powerful about coming together to celebrate who we are. That is where the magic of this conference is. Being in a room surrounded by other bi+ folks is not something that happens for everyone often. This is a special place birthed out of great need. We enjoy being us.
We've also put on this conference with basically two people doing most all of the work with a handful of friends picking up the slack at the end. Our conference is entirely volunteer run. It is a full time job, 20-80 hours a week for a year with no pay ontop of the other jobs we do. We do this because we care about this space being here. But putting on this conference takes a lot of energy. Perhaps in the future we can pay chairs and let volunteers be rested so they can come back and help again. Right now we're running on fumes and chanting under our breath that it is gonna be okay <3 So with that reality, without volunteers, making and printing (and picking up and stuffing bags/folders etc) a booklet is a lot of work that could be put elsewhere. We chose to tie up other loose ends and hope y'all can forgive that we don't have a booklet and follow along on the website, by reading the signs we have posted, and by asking us for information when you need to ;)
So this is where we're at and why. We thank you for your patience during all the hiccups and delays. Please let us know if we can assist you in making this easier and more enjoyable for you. Our registration and volunteer table/help desk will be stationed primarily in Founder's Hall Reception Area. Don't hesitate to ask us for anything. We will do what we can to answer/fix things or find someone who can. We want y'all to have a great conference and to experience as few headaches as possible ;)
Thanks for hanging in there with us, Your Co-Chairs (AL & Sally)
P.S. Please consider helping out by taking some volunteer shifts for us. Involves things like being a workshop monitor, or being a guide or escort, or working at a table. We also need help with load in and clean up. We need runners as well. Here is our SignUP sheet and you can look at it and sign up in person as well (at the Volunteer table).