I’ve spoken at WWDC, SXSW, NICAR, SRCCON, WordCamp and whole bunch of other places and have never…
Paul Schreiber

I believe that part of the point is that marginalized groups cannot as easily afford to attend or speak at events if they have to pay (even for travel or hotel). Paying them increases the diversity factor to perhaps help give them a step up to being known enough to become a keynote or well-known speaker.

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