A celebration of R –
In just two months time, the second satRday will be
taking place right on my doorstep, in Cape Town, South Africa. I keep telling
people I am looking forward to it, but to be honest that’s really quite an
understatement. I am super excited!
satRdays are SQLSaturday-inspired, community-led, one-day, regional and
affordable conferences around the world to support collaboration, networking
and innovation within the R community.
If you don’t know what satRdays are about, here is the
In early-mid 2015, Steph Locke got
conversation going around the possibility of a SQLSaturday-inspired R conference after raising the idea
at EARL 2015 Boston. With fantastic support from
#rstats community, a proposal
was developed and later submitted to the R Consortium
in January 2016.
In March 2016, the R Consortium announced their support for satRdays, with three
events to be hosted initially, and plans for additional meet-ups as the R user
base grows. Multiple locations were suggested for the first three satRdays and the agreed
upon strategy was to host one in Eastern Europe, one in North America, and one
on another continent elsewhere in the world.
Having been involved with the project early on, Gergely Daróczi
agreed to organise the first satRday in Budapest. More than 2000 people from the
online community voted on where the next two satRday events should take place, and Puerto
Rico and Cape Town claimed the most votes for North America and the rest of the
The first satRday took place in Budapest on the 3rd September 2016 and was a big success,
with almost 200 people from 19 countries registering for the event. The
conference delegates comprised of a good mix of R enthusiasts from both industry
and academia, who were treated to high quality workshops as well as invited
and contributed talks from 25 local and international speakers.
So that brings us to the present, with preparations for Cape
Town satRday already well under way. The conference
will take place on the 18th February 2017, and the venue is Workshop 17, located in the heart of Cape Town’s beautiful V&A
Keynote speakers Steph Locke,
Jenny Bryan and Julia Silge
will be conducting workshops on the 16th & 17th February, covering the building
and validation of logistic regression models, the intersection of R, Git &
Github, and the development of reactive web apps with Shiny (you can find further workshop details here).
A number of other speakers have already been confirmed, with sessions planned
around topics such as R in the Sciences, R and Big Data, and Applications of R in Industry. Presentations may take the form of a workshop (90min), standard talk
(20min), lighting talk (5min) or poster, and proposals can be submitted here.
Note that early-bird registration closes less than a week from now, and
presentation proposals will be accepted up until 20th January 2017. Below is a
summary of all the key dates relating to the conference:
|Early-Bird Registration Deadline||2016-12-23|
|Workshop Submission Deadline||2017-01-20|
|Talk Submission Deadline||2017-01-20|
|Notification of Acceptance||2017-01-25|
|Workshops||2017-02-16 / 2017-02-17|
All this information – and more – can be found on the website. I look forward to seeing many of you at the conference!