Keith's note: This NASA/National Institute of Aerospace-sponsored event is all about facilitating interaction, fostering communication ... all that socially aware networking goodness etc. So ... I go to the website for this event to see how I can register and attend and ... there is no way to do that. The NASA Gen Y folks are all excited about a NASA-centric TED event - yet no one seems to know how the rest of us can attend and (perhaps) participate. The organizers state that "The TEDxNASA attendees will be just as extraordinary as the speaker line-up; they will include internet pioneers, local technology leaders, movie producers, architects, creative directors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, authors, engineers, investors, celebrities, scientists and leading opinion formers of every kind. Indeed, we expect all 1,700 spaces at the Ferguson Center to be occupied." Yet I cannot register online? Where are all of these amazing people coming from? How do they register? FAIL.
Keith's update: There is a poster on the website which has small print saying "by invitation only - tickets required". And Opennasa.com says that tickets will be available to the public on 16 November - less than a week before the event. So much for advance planning. These TED events can be expensive to attend - with ticket prices of $1,000 - or more. What sort of message is NASA sending when it mounts exclusive events such as this? Who decides which taxpayers can attend, and who gets the money from ticket sales?