Lightning Room presentations got off to a great start.
Highlights included a presentation by John Light on Open Personal Cloud Communities. Personal Clouds as a concept would enable all the functionality of social networking without the need for intermediaries like Facebook who can data mine for personal information.
There was also a presentation on Zerocoin by a researcher from Johns Hopkins University. Zerocoin is an extension to the Bitcoin protocol that could make Bitcoin anonymous instead of simply pseudonymous.
That's it for the first half of the panels, but as I write this post, it's lunch and I'm being serenaded by the stylings of the rap duo ZhouTong'ed so I'll cut it off here.