We just heard that registered BlackBerry DevCon attendees will receive a free 16 GB BlackBerry PlayBook to help kick start the development of their next application.  This news doesn’t come as too much as a surprise as Free PlayBook tablets were given to attendees of BlackBerry World back in May.

This BlackBerry PlayBook tablet offer is open to those who have registered, paid in full and checked-in onsite at BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011 in San Francisco. This offer will not be available for companion pass holders, event staff, or Research In Motion® (RIM®) employees.

The big question for me is if this offer is valid for attendees that pay the student rate of $199.  If it is, this is probably the best way to pick a BlackBerry PlayBook up for under 200 bucks.