I am always very happy to attend local R meetups and international R conferences, as these are great opportunities to
- meet other R users, developers, rock stars and friends from all around the world/GH/SO/Twitter etc,
- listen to inspiring presentations,
- have fun at lightning talks and
- give birth or see others giving birth to exciting new ideas in face to face conversations.
That’s exactly what happened last week at the R Consortium panel of EARL 2015 Boston, where Steph Locke suggested to organize regional, community-driven and free conferences on the model of SQL Saturdays. Based on the uniform distribution of the instant and encouraging feedback both from the attendees and the R Consortium board members, Steph wrote a follow-up blog post to start a broader discussion on this awesome idea (click the below image):