ScalaDays tickets cost $600+ dollars last year too, right? What’s the justification for doing that and not paying for speaker expenses? The conference is just meant to put money in the organizers’ pockets?
As I see it, it’s a major inclusivity issue. Mostly the people who will go will be people whose company will cover the expense. And since there’s already a huge diversity issue in this industry, that bias is being propagated into the conference.
the fact that nescala keeps admission to $50 is great, but keep in mind that it is a much smaller group, and i know the organizers work very, very hard to find venues that are big enough while keep cost to $50