It wasn't so much what he had to say that I found disappointing, it was more what he didn't say. I think that was the feeling from most of the crowd. I think that people were looking for more answers to harder questions, as opposed to the basics. I guess it's natural to hope to hear some cutting edge new findings or novel appoach. Everyone just seemed to have somewhat of a letdown feeling.
Not aware of the Gem project that you mention at all. Have you posted info about this before? Hopefully something good comes out of it.