I just created this account to apply and I have to say that the alpha confirmation message was little unnerving. I'm experiencing minor issues with my internet at the moment and the confirmation was only a tiny banner at the top of the screen. I was kind of hoping a new page would load, or something at all would change. (I could probably hammer the "REGISTER NOW" icon if I wasn't concerned about duplicate entries.) I'm just paranoid that it hasn't gone though for whatever reason but still gave me that confirmation. I probably won't get chosen anyway so just giving my two cents about it.
On topic, I'm excited that things are finally coming together! Always glad to hear updates!