Stephanie Locke

Steph Locke wants to live in a world where everyone she encounters enjoys their jobs and is awesome. Since she's gifted with the inability to be daunted by a task, she's using her unbounded perkiness to bring awesomeness to the people. Living the dream as a data scientist, Steph spends her days getting value out of data and engineering solutions. When she’s not doing exceedingly fun stuff during the day, you can probably find her doing exceedingly fun stuff at a community event.  She runs three user groups in Cardiff and supports a number of others. As well as enjoying helping increase awesomeness locally, she's also tackling the task nationally! A veteran organiser of SQL Relay, Steph runs the Cardiff event growing it year on year, and has taken stints running the marketing, sponsorship and the whole conference to help bring more knowledge to the masses. She's now also helping to grow the R community with the development of satRdays. If it's not an event she's organised, then she's at someone else's event where they've been crazy enough to let her talk or help out at. EARL, SQLBits, SQL Relay and SQL Saturday organisers have all let Steph speak and help out, and most recently she was made a Microsoft Data Platform MVP recognising her gift of the gab and willingness to help out.

R was originally for doing stats, but it now does database CRUD, reporting, documentation, and even websites. It can be awkward to know where to start, so this session fast tracks you to the sections you need to know about.
Need a snazzy dashboarding tool, and want it free or cheap? With a modicum of R and Linux knowledge, you can make interactive realtime dashboards for free that can be used in any web browser. Learn how in this session.
There's base R, modern R, the Hadleyverse, R in SQL, and more - understanding where to begin can be an exercise in frustration and cost you valuable time. This session takes you through the R you need to be productive quickly.

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I 01 Dec 2016
A while ago, I started my Stumbling Into series. I started but only got one in – I was gonna talk about how I failed with Azure Functions next. I was failing because the docs outside C# (and node.js) were so limited that I found difficult to get things done. However, I persevered and overcame ...

An experiment in self-promotion – Revive Old Posts 24 Nov 2016
I’ve been writing (not enough) blog posts for a while now and have built up some neat stuff in the backlog if I may so myself. Alas, a lot of this doesn’t get seen because it’s not on the front page or in the top 5 blog posts. Sad that posts like my one on […] The post An ...

My first MVP Summit – a fantastic reminder 14 Nov 2016
I had the tremendous pleasure of going to the Microsoft MVP Summit this week and it was a fantastic experience. It also taught me a valuable lesson – I need to be an attendee more. Microsoft award ~4,000 people their Most Valued Professional (MVP) award each year. MVPs are influential, ...

A note to (potential) new speakers: It’s ok not to be perfect! 08 Nov 2016
This is a T-SQL Tuesday Post in response to Andy Bek’s kick off about growing new speakers. You can write your own advice for new speakers, or blog your journey to speaking. I’m always trying to encourage new speakers and the biggest fear I hear is “I won’t be any good at ...

Quick tip: Passing values to a bash script 30 Oct 2016
This is a very quick post on how you can make a bash script that allows you to provide it values via the command line. Passing values to a bash script uses a 1-based array convention inside the script, that are referenced by prefixing with $ inside the script. This means that if I provide ...