An actual event sign up site is currently in the works. It will be much improved from the last few year's versions. A few more details for the fest itself need to get hammered out before the registration site can go live. Stay tuned!
I was going to post this thread in a couple of weeks once we got some more things nailed down, but since you asked, I'll share the info.
The hotel is accepting reservations now. Our rate is $99/night and includes high-speed WiFi (a $10/night value). The rooms are very spacious and well equipped. The beds are some of the most comfortable I've been in, and the hotel in general is very impressive.
Check it out @ http://dulles.hyatt.com ... there's a 3D tour of the rooms, pictures, and descriptions of all of the amenities that are available to us.
You MUST make reservations by phone! Ask for the reservations desk and tell them that you are with TDI Club. The phone number is 703.713.1234
The Fest registration website is expected to open on or around March 1st, approximately 1 month ahead of the schedule that was given to me by Fred. Be patient!!
Anyway, feel free to call up the Hyatt and reserve your room. The $99/night rates are available for Thursday night (September 2nd) through Monday night (September 6th... checkout Date, Tuesday, September 7th) (a day before and a day after the Fest) in case you want to arrive early and/or stay late to see the sights and explore the area.
I would recommend asking for a room on the back side of the hotel, as these rooms provide a gorgeous view of Dulles Airport's runways, fields, and woods. Don't worry, the windows are triple-pane glass and you can't hear any noise from the airport.