EARL Conference 2024


3rd-5th September 2024

EARL Conference

EARL Conference


Sponsor the EARL Conference to showcase your brand to over 200 tech leaders.

Sponsor the EARL Conference to showcase your brand to over 200 tech leaders.

Sponsor the EARL Conference to showcase your brand to over 200 tech leaders.

EARL Conference

EARL Conference

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R and Python community attendees who have supported EARL for 10+ years

3 days

of presentations, exclusive workshops, and networking with leading enthusiasts.


groundbreaking keynotes from the brightest minds to get inspired from.


opportunities to advance your skills, broaden your insight, and flourish.

Welcome to EARL 2024!

The Enterprise Applications of the R Language Conference (EARL) is a cross-sector tech conference focusing on the commercial use of the R programming language and this year it will be held in the iconic seafront hotel – The Grand Brighton, UK. 

In an exciting expansion, EARL 2024 will introduce Python into the program! The convergence of Python’s machine learning and web development capabilities with R’s statistical expertise at EARL promises to provide an encompassing perspective on the field of data science.

Datacove, in partnership with Silicon Brighton (the hosts of the Brighton & Hove tech community), are delighted to be running EARL for the first time and look forward to welcoming you to Brighton on 3rd – 5th Sept 2024!

A special thank you to our event sponsors who make the event possible.


Evening Event



Keynote Speakers

4th September

Andy Field

Statistician, Professor, & Author

University of Sussex

Andy Field, author of many popular statistics textbooks is known for his engaging and unconventional teaching style. Dubbed ‘the Harry Potter of the Social Sciences,’ Field’s books stand out for their approachable nature.

Honoured with awards for teaching and contributions to psychology, Field’s innovative book ‘An Adventure in Statistics: The Reality Enigma‘ received critical acclaim for its unique blend of textbook and novel elements.

Portrait of Andy Field, Statistician, Professor, & Author, and keynote speaker at EARL 2024
Portrait of Christel Swift, Senior Principal Data Scientist at BBC, and keynote speaker at EARL 2024

Christel Swift

Senior Principal Data Scientist


Christel Swift has spent her career in music and media measurement, with her current role as Senior Principal Data Scientist at the BBC helping stakeholders utilise data to inform decisions.

A seasoned speaker at EARL, Swift has previously presented on Market Basket analysis and Network Graphs, and Causal Inference. She is currently working on synthesizing datasets to understand the BBC’s audience reach across TV, Radio, and Online.

5th September

Steph Locke

Technology leader with an AI & Entrepreneur background


Steph Locke heads up a team of digital and app innovation architects in Microsoft, helping some of the UK’s biggest organisations use the cloud to deliver more value faster. She has a broad technology background in data, AI, and software and has experience running consultancies and startups.

Steph loves open source, and the impact accessible tech can have on empowering people, so she dedicates her spare time to helping others improve their use of tech and AI. She was a Microsoft Most Valued Professional for five years in a row and she sits on the board of the SQL Saturday Foundation.

Portrait of Steph Locke, Technology leader with an AI & Entrepreneur background at Microsoft, and keynote speaker at EARL 2024
Portrait of Hadley Wickham, Chief Scientist at Posit, and keynote speaker at EARL 2024

Hadley Wickham

Chief Scientist


Hadley Wickham probably needs no introduction, but is renowned for his groundbreaking work in R programming. He is the chief scientist at Posit, PBC and creator of the tidyverse! 

His influential packages, such as ggplot2 and dplyr, have earned him prestigious honors, including the COPSS Presidents’ Award and recognition as a Fellow by the American Statistical Association, underscoring his pivotal role in advancing statistical computing accessibility.

The Agenda

3rd September

Join interactive workshops on R and Python led by industry experts. Engage in infinite learning opportunities in topics such as cloud platforms, artificial intelligence, and emerging analytical techniques.

4th September

The main conference formally commences, followed by an elevating evening networking event to connect with like-minded professionals.

5th September

The conference continues with a second day of insightful presentations on R and Python.

Morning Workshops

An Introduction to Shiny for Python

Andrie de Vries, Director of Product Strategy, Posit

Andrie will provide an introduction to coding a web application using Shiny for Python, with the new Shiny Express framework.

This session will appeal to both Python users new to Shiny, and R users who are familiar with Shiny but want to apply their knowledge using Python.

Building Data Pipelines in Python

Jaymin Mistry, Senior Data Scientist, Faculty.ai

Jaymin will provide a brief history of open-source data pipelining tools and common pitfalls, before before helping you build a data pipeline with validation that will last.

This session will appeal to anyone who handles data and has either been burnt (80% of people) or wishes to avoid being burnt (you in the future!) with ETL and data quality issues in a data science workflow. 

Afternoon Workshops

Azure for the R person: So you found yourself accidentally managing Azure environments!

Steph Locke, Technology Leader, Microsoft

Steph will be running an immersive, hands-on workshop designed specifically for R enthusiasts looking to leverage the power of Microsoft Azure.

This workshop will guide you through the essential tools and services Azure offers to enhance your R-based projects, whether you’re developing machine learning APIs, leveraging models as a service, or hosting apps.

Portrait of Steph Locke, Technology leader with an AI & Entrepreneur background at Microsoft, and keynote speaker at EARL 2024

An Introduction to RAG in Python

Dan Gibson, Founder, Personify AI

Dan will introduce you to Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) and take you through a guided exercise to build a simple RAG-powered chatbot.

This session is designed to be suitable for participants with basic Python skills. It will also be a good overview for those who consider themselves capable Python developers, but haven’t tried out RAG yet.


We have discounts for academic, charity, gov, and ‘5 tickets for the price of 4’ tickets. Contact us to find out more about our offers. 

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