Over 100 people showed up for the GDELT hackathon held in Washington, DC on December 18, 2013 hosted by Gallup in their beautiful DC offices. Packing the house to capacity was a cross-section of the major government agencies, think tanks, thought leaders, and academics from across DC and the nation. The fast talks featured a breathtaking array of groundbreaking research from harnessing big data to make GDELT easier to work with to piloting GDELT for conflict early warning. As 2013 closes, it is tremendously exciting, honoring, and humbling to see how far GDELT has come since its release this past April and just how widely it is finding use. We cannot wait to see what 2014 brings!