I just came across this competition which is reminiscent of the DesignIT initative we ran in the UK.  You design an Office application on 2007 to meet the needs of a charity and if you win Microsoft and HP give you the kit and build it with you.  Sounds like a great idea.

"If you create one of the winning solutions, we'll help you make your idea a reality. There's HP hardware, Microsoft software, and PR for you. For the charity, implementation of your project and training on how to use it. And the world gets a more effective charity. In other words: You win. They win. We all win. "