I proposed an idea to give a workshop at SXSW in Austin, so I travelled domestically to speak. 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 used my PTO to speak. It took me 80 hours to prepare for my 3 hours speaking slot, and I had a mostly good time. I'm a man who has been speaking for 2 years. This was a for profit event. Also, While SXSW does not properly compensate speakers, it is a door opener to speaking at other conferences.