Our local Microsoft UX Evangelist, Will Tschumy (formerly of Flock) is putting on a UX Design/Bar Camp-like event.
They have asked 5 leading design firms in the bay area (AARF, Organic, AKQA, Frog, IndustryNext) to compete head-to-head to solve real world problems. Focus will be on using Microsoft Expression & Silverlight technology.
I will be one of the judges for the event... Sounds like it will be fun, with drinks & mixer afterwards.