Founded by Josh Reich and Drew Conway, the New York Open Statistical Programming Meetup started as the New York R Meetup with a handful of people in an office at Union Square Ventures. Since then it has grown to over 11,000 members and has been hosted at NYU, Columbia, AOL, iHeartRadio, eBay, Work-Bench and other locations.

Our mission is to spread knowledge of statistical programming techniques in open-source languages such as R, Python, Julia and Go, and data science in general. Another important aspect is community building and socializing. The meetups start with pizza, followed by a 45-90 minute talk, ending with a trip to the local bar.


To attend please visit the meetup page.

Presentations and Videos

Whenever possible we make presentations available at the Presentations page.

We now stream and host videos of meetups on Facebook and YouTube and older videos are scattered on a variety of services. They are also listed on the Presentations page.


Job openings and other announcements are on the meetup discussion board.

Upcoming Meetup

R, Coronavius, and Pandemic Prevention [Remote Only]

April 20, 2020 07:00:00 PM

We have a special remote meetup this month featuring our resident expert in emerging viruses, Noam Ross.

Due to COVID-19 there is no in-person component to this meetup but rather it will take place completely online at Thank you to EcoHealth Alliance for providing the Zoom link.

About the Talk:
COVID-19 is the latest, and most impactful, of new infectious diseases emerging with increasing frequency in the 21st century. Novel contacts between humans and wildlife, and dense and increasingly mobile human populations all drive risk of pandemics like the one we are living through. I will discuss the data science and analytical challenges in identifying and predicting new emerging diseases and tracking, predicting, and managing COVID-19. I will discuss the R tools used by virus hunters and epidemiologists in addressing these challenges, and lessons that apply to other fields. Finally, I'll discuss ways R users and data scientists can contribute to supporting public health and preventing the next pandemic.

About Noam:
Noam Ross is Principal Scientist for Computational Science at EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit in NYC that researches the connections between human and wildlife health. Noam builds models to understand and predict disease circulation in wildlife, spillover into people, and spread through travel and trade. Noam also leads software peer review at rOpenSci, a developer collective that builds R packages and catalyzes communities to enable open research and data. He has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California-Davis. Follow him on twitter at @noamross.

Since this is completely remote there will be no pizza but everyone is encouraged to have pizza individually.


The nyhackr website was built as a RMarkdown website and the source code can accessed by the community on GitHub.

How to contribute

If you wish to contribute to the website the process is pretty simple.

  1. Fork and clone the repository (an example can be found here)
  2. Create a new branch for your changes (warning, this step cannot be done in RStudio!)
  3. Make your changes. You can build and view your local version by using rmarkdown::render_site()
  4. When you are done, submit a pull request. Your changes might not appear on the public site right away as we have a development version for making sure changes don’t break the site.