The other weekend I had the privilege of being a judge at the UC College Hackathon, an event organized by the Data and Democracy Initiative (DDI) at CITRIS, the Berkeley Center for New Media, and the UC Office of the President.
Students from across Berkeley spent a day hacking out ideas and apps to help lower the barriers that high school and transfer students face in applying to the University of California system. It was brief, intense, and creative.
Congrats to all the participants and organizers -- it was a good model. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about how you could organize something similar at your school.