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

Using R in VS Code

October 28, 2021 07:00:00 PM

VS Code is becoming increasingly popular for many languages, including R, so we have one of the major contributors of its R extension.

Thank you to EcoHealth Alliance for providing the Zoom link.

Conversations during the meetup are encouraged in the monthly-meetup-chat channel in the nyhackr slack:

About the Talk:
As Visual Studio Code was ranked the most popular developer environment in the Stack Overflow 2021 Developer survey, we have been constantly improving R support in VS Code over the past two years. In this talk, I will introduce the powerful code editor specifically for R users and focus on the vscode-R extension, its development and demonstrate its powerful code editing features based on the R language server and flexible interactivity with one or multiple R sessions.

About Kun:
Kun Ren works for a leading hedge fund in China based in Shanghai. He specializes in hedge fund quantitative research framework, architecture, tooling and portfolio optimization. He is a major collaborator of the R extension for Visual Studio Code and R language server, a Microsoft MVP and Author of Learning R Programming, published by Packt Publishing in November 2016.

The talk will begin at 7 PM EDT and we will start admitting people to the event shortly before. 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 donโ€™t break the site.