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 a few ways:

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.