I should have posted this earlier, but if you're interested in attending TED 2010 as a TED Fellow (free!) you can apply here. It's primarily targeting activists, nonprofit leaders, creatives and others who typically cannot afford to attend TED.
More from Tom Rielly, TED Fellowship Director:
About the TED Fellows Program
The TED Fellows program is an international fellowship program designed to nurture great ideas and help them spread around the world. Benefits of the Fellowship include conference admission, round-trip transportation, housing and all meals. Fellows will also participate in a pre-conference with the opportunity to present a short talk for consideration for TED.com, elite skills-building courses taught by world experts, social opportunities and surprise extras.
The program seeks remarkable thinkers and doers who have shown unusual accomplishment, exceptional courage, moral imagination and the potential to increase positive change in their respective fields. The program focuses on innovators in technology, entertainment, design, science, film, art, music, entrepreneurship and the NGO community, among other pursuits. The program targets individuals from the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle east, though anyone from anywhere in the world is welcome to apply. Applicants are generally between 21-40 years of age, though anyone over 18 and over 40 may apply. They must also be fluent in English.
For more information, please visit www.ted.com/fellows.