Why was this announced with only 8 days until the event? Assuming it takes three days' shipping for a test copter to arrive, that leaves zero weekends in which to prepare, for someone who jumps on it immediately. I think they're going to be disappointed by the turnout.
This is not an official announcement though, I'm not an organizer of the event. I think they announced it amongst groups interested in robotics long ago. It just happend that I posted a link on HN today ;)
As for the copter, you can buy it in Costco, no need to wait!