rOpenSci OzUnconf 2017

The 2nd rOpenSci ozunconference, the sibling rOpenSci unconference, was held in Australia in Melbourne, on October 26-27, 2017. The ozunconf brought together 45 R-software users and developers, scientists, and open data enthusiasts from academia, industry, government, and non-profits. Before the ozunconf, participants discussed various ideas for projects in the GitHub issues, which culminated in about 13 projects, which you can check out all the ozunconf projects here, thanks to a template from Sean Kross. Some of the projects that were worked on include:

We also had some interesting discussion on how do you convince other people to use R, led by Roger PengHow do you convince others to use R?

We had some great sponsors for this event, including rOpenSci, RStudio, The RConsortium, The Ingham Institute, and the Monash Business School. The event was also organised by Nicholas Tierney, Di Cook, Rob Hyndman, and also Miles McBain.

It was wonderful to welcome many more people from the ozunconf to this big, kind, wonderful community, and say, as Shannon Ellis summed up: “Hey! You there! You are welcome here”. It was also really great to have a diverse group of participants at the ozunconf, and in particular, that 40% of participants were women or other underrepresented genders. You can read more about the ozunconf at the official wrap up blog post here

Jess Kasza and Nick Tierney

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