There’s a Hackathon at the Microsoft main campus on Dec 6th / 7th. $5000 in prizes, Free registration, and food is included! This is a 24-hour crash session to put your skills to use and go build some awesome ideas.
It’s put on by LincolnLabs. I went to a similar Hackathon they ran in San Francisco and had a blast.
The theme is “Open Government”, which broadly includes greater visibility into government and greater accountability on government. If you’re in the area, register and come out!