The R community and some of South Africa's most forward thinking companies have come together to bring satRday back to Cape Town. This conference provides an opportunity to hear from and network with top Researchers, Data Scientists and Developers from the R community in South Africa and beyond.
Some pictures from Cape Town's first satRday in February 2017.
Dr. Stephanie Kovalchik is the lead data scientist in the Game Insight Group at Tennis Australia, the governing body of tennis in Australia, and a Research Fellow in sports analytics at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living at Victoria University. Her research focuses on the use of statistical methods to understand performance, game strategy, and mentality in high-performance tennis. Stephanie received her PhD in statistics from UCLA and her Bachelor’s of Science from Caltech. Stephanie is an avid R user and the author of several packages, including RISmed (an R interface to NCBI databases) and deuce (a package for tennis analytics). She is also the creator of the tennis analytics blog On the T and regularly writes about tennis there and on Twitter.
A blog post that Stephanie wrote about her experience at satRday (Cape Town) 2018.
The satRday Cape Town conference will kick off on the 16th of March 2018 with a day of workshops held by our Keynote Speakers. Note that these will be full day workshops and will take place in parallel, so you'll have to choose between them!
This hands-on workshop will allow you to transform a bunch of R functions into an R package. You'll also learn how to make it usable and used! We'll assume you can write functions, and a basic familiarity with Git & GitHub.
Here is what we'll learn:
The workshop will cover a number of skills and statistical models that are common in sports statistics and show how each can be implemented in R. The workshop will introduce participants to a range of R packages and real sports examples will be used throughout. It will be very hands-on!
After completing this workshop, participants will be able to gather and clean public sports data more effectively, explore data with graphics, apply several common models used in sport, and share their sports statistics ideas through a blog. A brief outline of the workshop is given below.
Further details and instructions will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.
This year we will offer a Data Carpentry workshop which will include R programming for novices. Data Carpentry workshops teach introductory computational skills needed for data management and analysis in all domains of research. For more information on syllabus and requirements please visit the workshop webpage.
The Data Carpentry Workshop will take place on the 15th and 16th March 2017. Note the workshop is sold out.
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Tea / Coffee
Tea / Coffee
Standard talks are 20 minutes and lightning () talks are a mere 5 minutes.
Click on the title for any talk to view the details.
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Keynote #1: (Maëlle Salmon)
rOpenSci is a community of researchers and software developpers working together to provide better R tooling, mostly packages, for reproducible and open science. Some of these packages are contributed by staff, others by community members. In order to ensure quality of packages in the suite, rOpenSci _onboards_ packages from the community by having them undergo an open review process on GitHub. In this talk, you'll get introduced to this onboarding system. You'll hear about brand-new analyses of the system in R thanks to my [rectangling](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GapSskrtUzU) onboarding. You'll also get to learn about our continuous efforts at improving our system even more, in particular via automation. Come hear this talk if you want to know more about software review and about Git(Hub) data analysis!
If you find digging into nested and repeated measures data tedious and overly repetitive, list-columns and the power of purrr can alleviate the pain.
Keynote #2: (Stephanie Kovalchik)
The Game Insight Group (GIG) at Tennis Australia is aiming to revolutionize statistical thinking in tennis. To meet that goal, we are developing new performance metrics and providing these to players, broadcasters, and fans in real-time at professional tennis events. R is at the core our our analytics tools. In this talk, I will describe how we are using R to design real-time applications for delivering advanced sports statistics to a range of stakeholders. The talk will highlight strategies for developing efficient code, automating processes, and creating customized statistical reports in R markdown.
RStudio Student Lightning Talk Prize
Cocktails and Conversation
Panel for Student Lightning Talk competition:
When: March 15, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
Where: Bandwidth Barn,Woodstock Exchange, 66-68 Albert Road, Cape Town
Both satRday keynote speakers, Maëlle Salmon and Stephanie Kovalchik, are involved in R-Ladies. This is a worldwide organisation whose mission is to promote gender diversity in the R community, with chapters in cities all over the world.
The R-Ladies Cape Town chapter has invited Maëlle and Stephanie, as well as Marie Dussault from Pretoria, to come and meet their chapter. Maëlle, Stephanie and Marie have offered to give short presentations about creating blogs with R.
The event is primarily aimed at women (including all female-identifying people) but men are welcome provided they do not take a leadership role.
This meet-up will provide a great opportunity for all current and prospective R users to meet and chat with like minded people. We'd love to see you there, especially if this is your first R-Ladies event. This invite is still extended even if you aren't participating in satRday this year.
satRday 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 (without a refund) at the discretion of the conference organisers.
Our code of conduct/anti-harassment policy can be found here.
Situated on the slopes of Devil's Peak, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions.
UCT's new lecture theatre, located at the southern end of University Avenue, is the largest venue on campus and the first to earn a four-star green rating.
MAC Club, Barnard Fuller Building, UCT Health Sciences CampusSports Workshop:
Ulwazi, Knowledge Commons, Chancellor Oppenheimer LibraryPackages Workshop:
Hlanganani Junction, Level 7, Chancellor Oppenheimer LibrarysatRday Conference:
New Lecture Theatre, UCT Upper Campus (South side)
If you are not a UCT affiliate with a parking disc, you will need to get to UCT Upper Campus early (8am), and stop at the visitor’s centre (see above map) to get a visitor’s parking slip. Once received, you can drive the loop along the rugby field and up Madiba Circle, to find a visitor’s parking bay. The above map also shows where the library is situated and the red line indicates the direction you should enter from.
Both workshop venues are situated in the UCT Main Library (Chancellor Oppenheimer Library). Entrance to the Library is through the first building directly to the right of Jameson Hall (if you are facing the Hall) at the top of the Jammie stairs (located at the centre of Upper Campus).
If you are not a UCT affiliate, please tell security at the entrance to the library that you are attending an R workshop, and show them identification (ID/drivers license).
Once you enter the turnstiles, Ulwazi is directly to your right (straight across the Vincent Kolbe Knowledge Commons).
Hlanganani Junction is two floors directly above the entrance. As you enter the turnstiles take the stairs to your left and continue ascending three small flights until you notice the purple sign overhead, indicating Hlanganani Junction to your right.
A workshop pass gives you access to one of the workshops held by our Keynote Speakers. These full day workshops will be run in parallel on the 16th March 2018.
|1 Day Workshop|
|Networking breaks with refreshments provided|
|Free 1 month trial for DataCamp|
The Conference Pass gives you access to South Africa's second satRday. Come and join us on the 17th March 2018 to meet with and hear from both local and international R enthusiasts!
|All Conference Talks|
|Networking breaks with refreshments provided|
|Free 1 month trial for DataCamp|
Working up to the conference on 17 March 2018, these are the most important dates on your calendar:
|Data Carpentry Workshop||2018-03-15/16|
The Call for Papers is now closed. We received 39 submissions and we're currently putting together the technical programme.
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We thank our generous sponsors for supporting Cape Town satRday. Your financial help and commitment to the R community are greatly appreciated and essential to making this event possible!