Today, I gave my first OSCON talk on Laika. I think that the talk went pretty well. I had plenty of good questions from the audience, and I think I may have been able to snag a few people who were interested in contributing.
The speaking experience was pretty cool. I was in a fairly small room, and probably had about 20 to 30 people in the audience, which was pretty non-threatening. I would have been more nervous in one of the more cavernous rooms with 200 people.
As for the rest of the conference today...
XMPP has a lot of buzz for communicating in the cloud. There were a few talks on that today.
There is a lot of Ruby stuff going on outside of web apps. RAD seems to have a lot of buzz for using Ruby to work with Arduino. Ruby's also behind Adhearsion, a tool for building IVR's.
I missed the talk on CouchDB, but some of the folks I'm out here with said it was great.
On a conference logistics note... I was kinda bummed that some of the talks had filled, so I couldn't get in. I wound up missing the talk on Hypertable as well as one on XMPP in the cloud.