Speaking at a tech conference can be costly.

We (speakers) love giving talks at technical conferences, but discussions about money are sometimes taboo because we often pretend that passion and exposure should pay the way. While some conferences have "no budget", many offer to cover travel & accommodations or pay honorarium.

Let’s help each other by sorting through some of the confusion, and develop an ongoing dialog about the cost of public speaking.

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Note: Hi! thank for a lot of feedback, I know this form does not account for all possible case of speaking. If you feel like you want to provide more information, please use Also: section at the bottom (no max char limit). I'd love to hear what you loved about particular conference too!
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It took me 2 days to prepare for my 20 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a man who has been speaking for 1 year. This was a for profit event.

Submitted in late August 2017

I proposed an idea to speak. This was a local event. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was not paid to speak. The event did not pay for my travel and accommodation. My employer did not pay my travel expenses, and I was working while speaking at the event. My speaking slot was 40 minutes for this event, and I had a mostly good time. I've been speaking for 2 years. This was a for profit event.

Submitted in late September 2017

I was invited to be on a panel, so I travelled domestically to speak. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was paid 600 USD to speak. My travel and accommodation was fully covered by the event. My employer did not pay my travel expenses, and I took unpaid time off to speak. My speaking slot was 40 minutes for this event, and I had a mostly good time. I'm a woman who has been speaking for 15 years. This was a for profit event.

Submitted in mid October 2017

I was invited to speak at Madison PHP in Madison, WI, so I travelled domestically to speak. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was not paid to speak. My travel and accommodation was fully covered by the event. My employer did not pay my travel expenses, and I was unemployed when I spoke at the event. My speaking slot was 50 minutes for this event, and I had a great time. This was a not for profit event. Also, Friendly and welcoming community. The organizer went out of her way to accommodate people. About 23% of attendees were women.

Submitted in mid November 2017

I was invited to speak at a GDG events, so I travelled domestically to speak. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was not paid to speak. My travel and accommodation was fully covered by the event. My employer did not pay my travel expenses, and I was unemployed when I spoke at the event. It took me 1 week to prepare for my 2 hours speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a male who has been speaking for 3 years. This was a not for profit event.

Submitted in early December 2017

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