I got home at just the right time ... and got to see LaserMotive qualify for the Beam Power / Tether Climber challenge money. Then they tried again, as the speed of the climbs factor into how much money is won. The results also depend on how well the other teams do.
Here's a post from LaserMotive on their pre-games setup work: Power Beaming Results, Nov. 3rd 2009.
Update (later the same evening):
MKKare: RT @EENugent AP report: http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/success-frustration-in-space-1...