I was invited to speak at DjangoCon Europe in Cardiff, Wales, so I travelled internationally to speak. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was not paid to speak. The event assisted with part of 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 3 months to prepare for my 60 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a woman who has been speaking for 8 months. This was a not for profit event. Also, It was a truly wonderful experience that I would not have traded for anything. I feel the organizers did everything in their power to make it financially possible for me to be there.