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

Zen and the Art of R Package Development

March 2, 2020 06:30:00 PM

Our March speaker comes to us from the LA R Meetup.

Thank you to New York Presbyterian for hosting.

Those of you who would like to attend the R Conference ( May 8-9 can use code nyhackr for a 20% discount.

About the Talk:
Modern tools for R development like usethis make it easy to work with packages, and treating projects as packages makes it easier to write reproducible code. When you write R packages, you also unlock a whole ecosystem of tools that will make it easier to test, document, and share your code. A fundamental belief in Zen is that you are already complete, that you already have everything you need. I’ll talk about why your project is already an R package, why you’re already an R package developer, and why you already have the skills to walk the path of development.

About Daniel:
Malcolm Barrett ( is an epidemiologist, an R developer, and a co-organizer of the Los Angeles R Users Group. He likes to write R code, talk about R, and teach R. He was also recently the R Markdown intern at RStudio.

Pizza ( begins at 6:30, the talk starts at 7, then after we head to the local bar.


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.