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Data + Donuts // Lightning Talks with the R User Group

Friday, April 26, 2024, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Open to the public, Presentation,

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Join the R User Group at the Harvard Data Science Initiative for an afternoon of R lightning talks! Give a lightning talk and be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

What is a lightning talk?

A lightning talk is a short, fast-paced talk about a topic you'd like to share but might not make sense as a longer, formal presentation. We're not looking for your most polished research -- just something that gets you excited about R! The goal is to spark a conversation and increase awareness among your fellow useRs.

Lightning talk ideas include:

  • A short tutorial on a feature in R you find particularly exciting or useful.
  • Different ways of approaching a problem you've encountered in your code.
  • A problem you're currently struggling with in R.
  • A fun application of R.

How can I give a lightning talk?

Sign up to speak by Friday, April 12. You'll get an email by Tuesday, April 16 letting you know if your talk has been accepted. Submit all slides to datascience_rug@harvard.edu by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, April 24.

All lightning talks should be 5-8 minutes. We strongly encourage the use of slides, but they should support your talk instead of being the focus. Think: A cool plot or critical code chunk you'd like to highlight. We also welcome speakers giving live R demos, but slides should include static code for distribution after the event.

How can I attend the event even if I don't want to give a lightning talk?

All are welcome to join this event in person or on Zoom! Register to receive a link to join via Zoom. In-person attendees can join us in Wexner 434B on the Harvard Kennedy School campus (take the elevator from the main Wexner entrance and go down the hall). Those without an HUID may enter via the Wexner security desk after showing a photo ID.

What is Data + Donuts?

Led by the HKS Library, Data + Donuts features researchers and practitioners speaking about how they use data in their work, and on issues of data and society. We welcome those from the HKS community and beyond to share knowledge, discussion, and donuts. Video recordings of past sessions are available upon request.

The HKS Library encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in our events. If we can make attendance easier for you, please email library_research@hks.harvard.edu or call 617-495-1300.

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Alessandra Seiter