DDD 4 - Only UK Speakers?

I was just going to start submitting sessions for DDD 4 and I found a new restriction in place: DDD 4 speaker submission is only open to UK residents. As you may or may not know, I do live in the UK, so this doesn’t shut me out or anything – I just happen to find it a pretty rude decision, considering that speakers from other countries have been allowed to take part in previous DDD events, and they did so on their own expense. What do you think? I can come up with a few ideas about the reasoning for this decision, but none of them seems really convincing. Do we need such a restriction for DDD day?

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