Dirk is an active member of the R community in many capacities. He is a board member of the R Foundation, author/maintainer of the Rcpp package, maintainer of the finance and high-performance computing task views on CRAN, and is a maintainer for R packages on Debian.
Eric Nantz is a principal research scientist at a large life sciences company, creating innovative analytical pipelines and capabilities supporting study designs and analyses. Outside of his day job, Eric is passionate about connecting with the R community as the creator/host of the R-Podcast, Shiny Developer Series, and a curator / podcast host for the R Weekly project. Plus, he likes to share his adventures with R and general computing on Twitch livestreams at twitch.tv/rpodcast.