I love the R community! I want to help make it as awesome as possible, and that means getting as many people involved as we can. More people participating means more knowledge sharing and more community. I see these weekend, local, super low-cost conferences as a vital way of improving the accessibility of knowledge and growing the community.
In April this year, the first SatRday Newcastle event was held. The talks, slides and programme are available online. In this post you will find: Things we learnt whilst planning the event. What we learnt from our feedback. Learning on the go How to find speakers We were lucky to get three excellent keynote speakers, which I think really helped pull in attendees. Sometimes, reaching out to big names can be a little daunting, so try and think of connections you have, things you have in common and use communities such as R-Ladies or a Slack channel to reach out.