A picture of Brighton Pier with words showing EARL 2024, the cross-sector tech conference, is to be held by the pier in Brighton by Datacove and Silicon Brighton

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, we are excited to invite you to Brighton for 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

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!


Contact us to find out more about our offers (academic, charity, gov, and ‘5 tickets for the price of 4’)

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Keynote Speakers

EARL 2024 keynote speaker Hadley Wickham, the Chief Scientist at Posit

Hadley Wickham

Chief Scientist


Hadley Wickham probably needs no introduction, but is renowned for his ground breaking 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.

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.

Headshot of EARL 2024 keynote speaker Christel Swift, Senior Principal Data Scientist at BBC

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

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.

EARL 2024 keynote speaker Andy Field, Statistician, Professor, & Author


These half day workshops will take place on 3rd Sept. 

Morning Workshops

Afternoon 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.

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.

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. 

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, but also be a good overview for those who consider themselves capable Python developers, but haven’t tried out RAG.

Conference Agenda

See the full line up of talks and speakers

EARL 2024 Agenda
3rd Sept

R & Python workshops led by industry experts

4th Sept

Main conference commences & evening reception

5th Sept 

Hadley Wickham keynote & second day of conference

The Grand Brighton

EARL 2024 Conference Event Venue

Step into Victorian luxury at the Grand Hotel, Brighton, for the highly anticipated EARL Conference 2024.

Nestled against the stunning coastline, this opulent hotel sets the stage for a conference like no other. Revel in breathtaking sea views while immersed in an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication.

With its decadent décor, the Grand Hotel offers not one, but two fine dining restaurants, serving unforgettable cuisine and a well stocked bar. Why not extend your stay and transform it into a luxurious weekend getaway?

Experience an unparalleled blend of enrichment and leisure amidst the grandeur of this iconic venue at EARL 2024.

The i360

EARL 2024 Evening Event Venue

Elevate your evening to unparalleled heights at the EARL Conference 2024 with an exclusive visit to the British Airways i360.

This architectural marvel – renowned as the one of the world’s tallest moving observation tower – promises panoramic views encompassing the English Channel, cityscape, and the picturesque South Downs. Ascending to 450 feet, where the surrounding scenery unfolds in breathtaking detail. Indulge in this captivating aerial view while relishing exquisite catering and relaxing evening entertainment.

Conference attendees are offered an exceptional opportunity to combine unparalleled perspectives with culinary delights and leisure, creating an unforgettable experience high above Brighton’s skyline for EARL 2024.

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