I proposed an idea to speak at Gluecon in Broomfield, CO, 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 was working while speaking at the event. It took me 14 days to prepare for my 35 minutes speaking slot, and I had a mostly good time. I'm a woman who has been speaking for 1 year. This was a for profit event. Also, There wasn't even a speakers dinner or anything -- basically, zero perks for speaking.