I proposed an idea to speak at NebraskaJS in Nebraska, 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 7 days to prepare for my 30 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a woman who has been speaking for 0 years. This was a not for profit event. Also, The first-time conference organizers were thoughtful, welcoming people. Had a great time speaking + attending. Would recommend.