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

Creating a Command Line Focused Development Environment

September 29, 2020 07:00:00 PM

Continuing our virtual meetups we have Nick Janetakis coming to us from the far end of Long Island.

Thank you to EcoHealth Alliance for providing the Zoom link.

About the Talk:
Configuring your terminal and learning how to use the command line from scratch can be a daunting task with a pretty high time investment initially. In this talk we're going to cover what makes the command line useful, practical work flows (live demos), picking a terminal and shell, customizing your prompt, using and configuring tools like tmux and Vim, the concept of dotfiles and if time permits using various Unix tools together to solve real world problems. By the end of the talk you'll be well on your way to having a tricked out command line focused development environment.

About Nick:
Nick Janetakis is a developer and sysadmin. He is an independent freelancer, course creator and hosts the Running in Production podcast. Nick also has hundreds of blog posts and YouTube videos focused on building and deploying web apps along with development environment tips and tricks. His website is at and he can be found on Twitter at @nickjanetakis.

The talk will begin at 7 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.


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  1. Fork and clone the repository (an example can be found here)
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