This could be interesting, despite the hype. There will be a student-
organized TED conference at UC Berkeley on Saturday, April 3.
Check out details here:
To register, you have to write down "your accomplishments, dreams, and
wishes for a better world" -- and they emphasize that you do have to
tell them "your actual accomplishments" -- and then they decide
whether or not you are good enough to attend, because "we receive far
more applications than we have room for, and weak applications are
likely to be discarded."