Nov 10, 2009
PGDay Europe 2009 was my first open source database event ever. And it was such an interesting event, with people from around the world and the PostgreSQL ecosystem, in particular. There was a French track, too, I actually went to a French lecture, which I understood! Then again, I had already read Fabien's technical report in English beforehand. I also tried to present my pg51g efforts in a short talk.
Having never done a lightning talk before, I was naturally quite stressed about squeezing as much information as possible into 5 minutes. Then, I became absolutely terrified when I realized the lightning talks were bundled together with the closing session, which meant I had to present in front of 150+ people in festive mood. The situation got worse when one of the lightning talk speakers did not show up and Greg did yet another stand-in. This was followed by David's talk on lightning talks, whose lolcats complemented the meerkats of Gavin's talk :-)
In the end, I managed to cover three out of five slides, so mission accomplished. And the audience was very kind. Here are the slides to my talk: pg51g-in-five.odp
You may find the slides from all talks here: http://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/PGDay.EU,_Paris_2009