I proposed an idea to speak at Strata Conf in New York. This was a local event. The event gave me a free ticket. The event did not pay for my travel and accommodation. My employer did not pay my travel expenses, and I was unemployed when I spoke at the event. It took me 2 weeks to prepare for my 40 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. Also, They comped me a couple of passes to my session so that my friends could attend.