Women’s Package Development Workshop by R-Ladies Chicago and Forwards

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:30am-4pm

Workshop Materials

Materials for this workshop, including slides and sample code, can be found at this Github repository.


Center for Spatial Data Science
5735 S Ellis Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60637


Applications are available at this Google Form. We encourage you to apply, especially if you’ve never developed a package before. We’ll walk you through the basics, and you’ll leave having put together your first R package. Applications for out-of-town attendees will close on January 15, 2019, while applications for attendees based in Chicago will close on February 2, 2019.

Apply now!

Workshop Description

Curious about package development, but not sure where to start? This workshop is for you! Run by R-Ladies Chicago, the goal of this workshop is to empower you to start contributing back to the R ecosystem with package development. We’ll be using materials developed by Hadley Wickham, Jenny Bryan, and Di Cook for the Forwards teaching team.

By the end of this day-long workshop, you should know how to:

  • make your code into an R package,
  • do collaborative coding with GitHub,
  • write a vignette or an article,
  • build a web page for your package, and
  • submit a package to CRAN.

Bring your own code that you want to make into a package, or work with our example.

Cost, Accommodations, and Travel Support

Thanks to funding from the R Consortium, this workshop is free for participants. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

We may be able to provided limited travel grants to out-of-town attendees, so please indicate on the application if you need support. Additionally, please let us know on the application if you will need childcare.

Lead Instructors

Stephanie Kirmer and Angela Li of R-Ladies Chicago co-taught the workshop. Stephanie is a Senior Data Scientist at Uptake and Angela is the R Spatial Advocate at the Center for Spatial Data Science.

Our helpers were Katherine Simeon, Ola Giwa, and Nicole Burke from R-Ladies Chicago - thank you for your time!

Code of Conduct

Workshop instructors and participants agree to adhere to the R Consortium and R Community Code of Conduct.


Please email angela [at] rladies.org with any questions, and see the main Education page for more information about Forwards teaching initiatives.