The inaugural Cascadia-R Conference was held June 3, 2017 in the OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) on the South Waterfront. The morning featured two workshops. The first was a beginner/intermediate workshop introducing data wrangling and visualization using tidyverse, by Chester Ismay and Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) faculty Ted Laderas, PhD (see photo). The second was a more advanced programming workshop about the functional programming package purr by Charlotte Wickham. There was such great feedback and enthusiasm for the workshops that the organizers are considering having a whole day just dedicated to workshops for future conferences.
In attendance were 190 R users and programmers from all parts of the west coast: Oregon, Washington, California and British Columbia (see photo). There were several stimulating speakers, including a keynote from OHSU Medical Oncology Professor Vinay Prasad, MD about big data and medical reversal. Gabriela de Quieroz, of R Ladies Global, gave a keynote to encourage women R users to start their own chapter of R-Ladies. OHSU was well represented, including DMICE faculty Lisa Karstens, PhD and alumnus Mark Danes giving talks. The day ended with short-form lightning talks that covered authoring manuscripts in R, automated User Interface Testing, and mentoring new R-users.
The entire program can be seen at http://cascadiarconf.com, with workshop material, talks, and other information. The organizers were thrilled to help connect data science enthusiasts, R users, and programmers and look forward to hosting future Cascadia-R conferences at OHSU. More insights into conference organization can be found on Dr. Laderas’ blog.