satRday Chicago
A virtual conference featuring useRs in the Chicagoland area on May 30, 2020!
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Conference Details


May 30, 2020 via Zoom. To attend, you must register at the registration link below.

For a Cause

Supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository


Gain knowledge from your peers and experienced professionals

Community Led

Community organized and community focused




An inclusive, supportive and respectful environment

Conference Livestream

Watch the conference live via YouTube!

If you did not register for satRday Chicago 2020, you can still watch the conference live via this link:


Our speakers for SatRday Chicago 2020. Click on their profiles for more information about their talks!


Schedule is subject to change.

Time (CDT) Click for your local time!
09:00 - 10:00 MiR Coffee Hour
Dorris Scott, Danielle Smalls-Perkins
10:00 - 10:10 Opening Remarks
SatRday Chicago Organizers
10:10 - 11:10 Session 1: public seRvant
10:10 - 10:30 Mapping Food Systems in R
Susan Paykin
10:30 - 10:50 PropeRty Taxes: Transparency, Equity, and R
Eric Langowski
10:50 - 11:10 Building a more transparent government using Shiny
Tristán Ignacio Gramsch Calvo
11:10 - 11:20 Break
11:20 - 11:25 Session 2: developeR
SatRday Chicago Organizers
11:25 - 11:45 Stories from LightGBM's Journey to CRAN
James Lamb
11:45 - 12:05 dittodb: making testing databases easy
Jonathan Keane
12:05 - 12:25 Docker Based r-devel Pre-Release CRAN Package Testing
Brian Burns
12:25 - 12:35 Lunch
12:35 - 01:05 Discussion:

Job Seekers (talk)
Using R to Land the Job: A Resume-Building Tutorial in Pagedown
Scarlett Winters

Community of Practice
Adam Austin

Data Visualization
Sydney Purdue

Social Good
Zaynaib Giwa
01:05 - 01:10 Break
01:10 - 01:15 Session 3: exploreR
SatRday Chicago Organizers
01:15 - 01:35 Useful data visualization
Alexis Johnson-Gresham
01:35 - 01:55 Hot bearing failure prediction using R
Krishna Jarugumilli
01:55 - 02:15 Fitting Insurance Claim Data with Coverage Modification
Haoen Cui
02:15 - 02:25 Break
02:25 - 02:30 Session 4: poweR user
SatRday Chicago Organizers
02:30 - 02:50 Did we just make a web app? Using R Shiny in Production
Elizabeth Nelson
02:50 - 03:10 Querying a directory of files with Apache Drill
Edward Visel
03:10 - 03:30 Dissecting a Function: Profiling and Benchmarking Your Way to Faster Code
Adam Austin
03:30 - 03:50 The Rocker Project: Bringing Docker to R
Dirk Eddelbuetel
03:50 - 04:00 Closing
SatRday Chicago Organizers
04:00 - 04:15 Break
04:15 - 05:00 Discussion:

Speaker Q&A
SatRday Speakers

R-Ladies Organizers

Important Dates

What’s happening when?

  • April 8, 2020

    Call for Proposals Open

    Call for proposals for satRday Chicago open.

  • April 30, 2020

    Proposal Submission Deadline @ Midnight

    Submissions for talks close midnight.

  • May 1, 2020

    Registration Opens

    Registration for satRday Chicago opens.

  • May 8, 2020

    Speakers Notified

    Those who submitted a proposal will be notified if their talk has been accepted.

  • May 30, 2020

    Online satRday Chicago 2020!

    We look forward to seeing you at Chicago’s second satRdays conference!


The people putting it together

Angela Li

Angela Li

Center for Spatial Data Science

Founder and co-organizer of R-Ladies Chicago

Emily Riederer

Emily Riederer

Capital One

Co-organizer of the Chicago R Collaborative

Bryan Berend

Bryan Berend

Democracy Works

Brandon Allen

Brandon Allen

The University of Chicago

Organizer of the University of Chicago Staff R User Group

Rob Glazier

Rob Glazier



satRday Chicago is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive conference experience for all in attendance regardless of, but not limited to, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, physical attributes, age, ethnicity, social standing, religion or political affiliation. We do not tolerate harassment of participants (including organisers and vendors) in any form. Sexual innuendos and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including presentations. Anyone violating these rules may be given warning or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organisers. Our code of conduct/anti-harassment policy can be found here.

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