DecembeR Holiday Party & Collaborative Planning

Join R-Ladies Chicago to celebrate the holidays! Socialize with fellow R-Ladies and help us plan for 2019!

**BEFORE THE EVENT: Please fill out our survey to provide feedback on our past and future R-Ladies Chicago programs. We are looking for as many Chicago-area R-Ladies as possible to fill out this survey, even if you cannot attend this Meetup or have not attended one in the past. We would love your input! See the survey here:

• What we’ll do:
We’ll discuss best practices for working with survey data of all forms (e.g. numerical, strings, closed set, open response, etc.) in R. Then, we’ll work together in small groups to analyze data from our End of the Year Survey in R. By the end of the Meetup, we hope to have developed a data-driven list of R-Ladies Chicago events & goals for 2019!

We’ll also socialize with fellow R-Ladies over holiday-themed treats 🙂

There will be no formal technical talk at this meeting; rather, this will be a time to network with fellow R-Ladies while doing a collaborative coding activity. This is part of our “social” Meetups, focused on networking and idea exchange.

• Collaborative Coding:
We know the idea of coding with others can be daunting, but this is a safe space and everyone is welcome (even if you do not know how to use R yet). Each group will be assigned a more experienced R user so this will be a great opportunity for beginners to see how other people deal with data in R! This will be a relaxed environment and a good chance to meet some of your fellow R-Ladies, so please do not feel like you do not know enough to join in.

5:45-6 — R tour for beginners; sign up here:
6-6:30 — Food, Intros & Announcements
6:30-7:15 — Collaborative Coding Activity
7:15-7:35 — Groups will share what they did with the rest of the group (if they want to!)
7:35-8:00 — Socializing/Networking/Hanging out

Q: Are men welcome to attend R-Ladies events?
A: Yes, men are welcome at this event. Our mission is to encourage more women and non-binary individuals to get involved in the R community. Please help us by spreading the word about R-Ladies, and by being respectful of the fact that this event is primarily for women/non-binary/female-identifying individuals.

Thank you to Uptake for hosting us and Microsoft Developer Advocates ( and David Smith for sponsoring pizza for this event!

• What to bring
Laptop or notebook if you can! Wifi is available and live-tweeting is encouraged.

If you are interested in leading a small group for the collaborative coding activity (no preparation required, just bring in a laptop with R!) message the organizers via Meetup or email Katherine [at]

• Important to know
We expect all attendees to abide & be governed by our community code of conduct. Please take a moment to review our R-Ladies Global code of conduct (particularly if this is your first time attending!):