I don't know if anyone follows this event, but I know there are some people here who might care or just find it neat. My university has participated all four years, and we are very proud to attend every time. We retire our houses to an area on our campus called the Solar Village, and students even live in them!
All the houses are here in DC on the National Mall, and the public is able to go inside and interact with them. It's pretty cool stuff.
More here: http://www.solardecathlon.org/