Affordable. It's cool when your company can send you to conferences, but if I am self-employed or underemployed (like I am at the moment), there is no way I can justify the expense. I imagine there are many companies where it is a similar situation, or where seniority determines who gets to go so I wouldn't stand a chance.
I hear ya! The cost of a conference ticket its self can be a barrier if your company is not covering it. And it seems like most tech conferences are in SFO or NYC which are also expensive places to stay.
I'd like to see more tech conferences in the midwest which would be central for the US population and cost of living/staying is lower.
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