Conferences give stage to speakers. Very few conferences pay their speakers. Instead, many conferences make their speakers
#PayToSpeak through not covering the direct costs speaking at their conference incurs for the speaker.
We believe that #PayToSpeak lowers quality of conferences in two ways:
- Experienced speakers choose not to pay to speak and are not available for #PayToSpeak conferences
- New voices cannot afford to make themselves available to conferences, especially in underrepresented groups and underrepresented speaker origin locations
Conferences choose how they frame payment policies. We believe audiences should be informed on which conferences are #PayToSpeak and make choices with their money to support ones that are not #PayToSpeak.
Maaret Pyhäjärvi has for years maintained a list of testing, agile and programming conferences and their approach to #PayToSpeak. The results are available in a google sheet.