2018 WiDS Press Kit
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Stanford ICME Announces the WiDS Datathon
Part of the Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference happening March 5, 2018 at Stanford University and 125+ regional events in 50+ countries worldwide
January 18, 2018: Palo Alto, CA — Stanford University announced the WiDS Datathon, a new feature of the third Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference taking place on March 5, 2018. This one-day technical conference, featuring female speakers in a wide variety of domains, will be held at Stanford University and broadcasted live and via delayed broadcast to satellite events worldwide.
“With this global conference, we aim to support women currently in data science, showcase their talents, and inspire more female students to enter this fascinating and growing field,” said Margot Gerritsen, Director of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME) at Stanford University. "The WiDS Datathon gives participants an opportunity to use their skills using a predictive analytics challenge."
New for WiDS 2018 is the WiDS Datathon, a collaboration between Stanford ICME, Intermedia, Intuit, Kaggle, and the West Big Data Innovation Hub,. The WiDS Datathon seeks to encourage female data scientists to engage in social impact solutions using a predictive analytics challenge. Participants will analyze data and building machine learning and statistical models to predict gender using a dataset from Intermedia, a grantee of the Gates Foundation.
WiDS Datathon winners will be announced during the WiDS Stanford 2018 Conference.
World-Class WiDS Speakers
The conference will feature all female speakers delivering keynotes, a series of technical vision talks, and a career panel. Speakers include leaders in academia and industry, discussing a wide range of areas such as Cybersecurity, Data Ethics and Privacy, Data Visualization, and Bioinformatics. Speakers include:
Global WiDS Impact
The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference features an innovative model for a global conference. WiDS 2018 will be held at Stanford University and broadcasted via livestream to 125+ regional events in 50+ countries, hosted by volunteer WiDS Ambassadors worldwide. WiDS 2017 reached more than 75,000 participants from 75 countries via all channels. WiDS 2018 is expected to include more than 100,000 participants worldwide. For additional information about regional events, or to register, visit the WiDS website..
“We're thrilled to bring WiDS to the AUB for the second year, creating awareness about the vast opportunities in the field, empowering women in the MENA region, and exposing young students to exciting research and applications", said Fida Kanaan, Director of Executive Education, American University of Beirut (AUB). "We anticipate that we'll collaborate with Stanford on WiDS for many years to come."
About Stanford University
Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
About the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME) at Stanford University
Stanford ICME is an interdisciplinary institute that grants Master’s and PhD degrees in fields that use advanced mathematical and computing capabilities to understand and solve big, complex problems. At Stanford ICME, we conduct groundbreaking research, train and advise our graduate students, provide consulting, and teach over 60 courses in computational mathematics and scientific computing at both the undergraduate and graduate level to the Stanford community. ICME has a holistic approach to providing graduate students the course work, research opportunities, support, and professional development to better prepare them for their careers in scientific computing.
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