R/Finance 2015, the seventh annual conference of applied finance using R, was held May 29-30 at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Over 300 professionals from around the world, many, quantitative finance luminaries, participated. Just my luck: I was unable to attend on gorgeous Friday, but battled the cold, wind and rain enroute to UIC Saturday. The sog was well worthwhile.
The conference showed the strength of a vibrant open source community. Almost every presentation included a discussion of theory, computational methods and freely-available R packages implementing the techniques.
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