We recently covered Microsoft's Joe Belfiore putting forward that developers will be receiving Mango and there was some information on AppHub about plans to roll out Mango loaded devices, however we had no detail as to who would be eligible and how long you'd be able to keep said devices. Now Brandon Watson has expanded slightly on what his colleague said back at MIX'11 (as well as what AppHub is reporting).
From the image above we can see Brandon mentioning local mobile champs, specifically these folk. Serious developers who network with Microsoft and their WP7 team of elite as well as provide much freshness to the app ecosystem will be more likely to receive a handset. While the developer tools and emulator is readily available for developers, what happens should you be an anti-social geek who can't network, but is a terrific developer?
We'll let you all know when we find any concrete information detailing what the process will be.