Menglin Cao, Senior VP and Head of AI and NLP Model Development at Wells Fargo, discusses the central role of data science in fintech and financial services, and best practices for success on a recent WiDS Podcast episode.
To celebrate Juneteenth 2021, we revisit our pledges, report progress, and renew the commitments we made on Juneteenth last year, in the wake of George Floyd’s death. We reinforced our commitment to extend our outreach to the communities, organizations, universities, and schools that serve Black and underrepresented minority communities.
WiDS 2021 continues with WiDS ambassadors hosting regional events in Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, India, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United States. We invite you to read about some of those event highlights here. We also invite you to register now for upcoming WiDS regional events happening yet this month, hosted by WiDS ambassadors in Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, India, Ireland, Mexico, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, and the US, including:
Mahadia Tunga is Co-Founder and Director of Data Science, Research and Capacity Development at Tanzania Data Lab (dLab). She is also the WiDS Dar es Salaam ambassador, WiDS Africa co-ambassador and a collaborator with the WiDS Education Outreach program.
Karen Hao, Senior Editor at MIT Technology Review, discusses her experiences covering the latest research and social impacts of AI, and ethics washing in the tech industry, on a recent WiDS Podcast episode.
The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference and podcast series has been showcasing leading women data science experts who are making an impact at the forefront of COVID research. Here are three talks from the conference and three podcasts:
On International Women’s Day, March 8, we held a 24-hour virtual WiDS Worldwide conference. During the conference, in order to make the content as accessible as possible for a global audience, we provided simultaneous interpretation of the main sessions, the workshops, and the meet-the speaker sessions in Arabic and in Spanish. When registrants joined the online event platform, they could select a ‘translate’ option, and begin listening to the talks in Arabic or Spanish immediately.
WiDS 2021 continued during April, as WiDS ambassadors hosted regional events in Ecuador, Iberoamerica, India, Germany, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia (late March), Spain, and the United States. You are invited to explore and register for upcoming WiDS regional events, including these events happening in May:
Bianca Yu, a recent Stanford graduate, talks about the importance of strong women role models in STEM and data science to help young women believe in what they can achieve. Before returning to Stanford to pursue her Master’s degree in Bioengineering, Bianca is helping educate younger women about data science through the WiDS Education Outreach Program.
The WiDS Datathon encourages women to hone their data science skills through an annual challenge focused on social impact, bringing people together across borders to work in teams. This year, the datathon was held from January through end of February, with nearly 4,000 participants (registered from 86 countries across 6 continents!) submitting 24,479 entries. The challenge focused on classification of patients in hospital intensive care units to identify those diagnosed with a particular diabetic condition.
Cecilia Aragon, a professor in the in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, explains on a recent WiDS Podcast episode how overcoming her fears to become an aerobatic pilot propelled her forward in her career as a data scientist, professor, and author.
After the WiDS Datathon 2021 leaderboard closed, WiDS Datathon Committee Member Maggie Demkin of Kaggle arranged for a series of calls with the first, second, and third place winners to learn more about their experiences and approaches to the competition. Recordings of these conversations are now available so that everyone can learn from the winners.
The virtual Women in Data Science (WiDS) Worldwide Conference showcased data science thought leaders from around the world as we followed the sun from APAC to EMEA to the Americas for 24 hours on March 8, 2021. We celebrated International Women’s Day by recognizing achievements by women in data science on a wide range of topics from healthcare and agriculture to security and fintech, and from data ethics and democratization to reproducibility and robustness of algorithms.
This year is a year unlike any other, as WiDS ambassadors are planning and hosting virtual WiDS regional events as the global pandemic continues. On March 8 alone, more than 30 WiDS regional events were held in conjunction with the WiDS Worldwide conference, with an incredible number of participants. To date, nearly 100 WiDS regional events have taken place, with dozens of additional events happening in the coming months. We invite you to explore and register for upcoming WiDS regional events.
Editors note: Chaitanyasuma Jain is a computer engineering student at Cummins College of Engineering for Women in Pune. She has been a WiDS Pune volunteer since 2018 and attended the WiDS Pune regional event organized by WiDS ambassadors at WiMLDS Pune. In this WiDStory written by Chaitanyasuma, she shares her thoughts and inspiring takeaways from WiDS conference sessions.
The WiDS Datathon initiative has grown with over 30 regional datathon workshops taking place across the globe in over 15 countries, from Australia, Brazil, Egypt, India, Jordan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and more. We are thrilled to see involvement from WiDS ambassadors who have fostered participation, and provided mentorship within their communities.
The WiDS Datathon 2021 has seen record-breaking participation, with 1,773 individuals on the leaderboard, 24,479 entries, and with nearly 4,000 registrants from over 85 countries around the world! Congratulations to the leaderboard winners Dihydrogen Oxide, EPFL, and .IL.
We’re excited to announce the latest Women in Data Science (WiDS) Worldwide initiative to inspire, educate, and upskill data scientists and aspiring data scientists worldwide. The gender gap remains wide, as women represent just 15-22% of data science professionals. WiDS Workshops aim to educate everyone, regardless of gender, while inspiring women and girls with role model instructors.
The Global WiDS team wants to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude to the WiDS 2021 sponsors who have made the Women in Data Science (WiDS) Worldwide Conference possible. These sponsors have provided much needed support, enthusiasm, and dedication to the Global WiDS initiative. Hear from some of our WiDS 2021 sponsors, and explore opportunities they have for you in data science.
Kristian Lum, a statistician and research assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, describes how following her interests has led her on an everchanging career path across business, public service, and academia, on a recent episode of the WiDS Podcast.
I am lucky to be deeply involved in the WiDS Datathon Committee this year. The committee worked hard to choose a data modeling challenge that would be accessible to both new and seasoned data scientists. The data science field is very vibrant. New packages focusing on all manner of data preparation and statistical analysis emerge every year. The datathon is a great opportunity for me to learn new things and keep abreast of developments in the field.
On March 8, 2021, International Women’s Day, we will host the inaugural 24-hour online Women in Data Science (WiDS) Worldwide conference. Registrationis now open and early bird pricing is in effect through February 5, 2021. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Follow us as we follow the sun, bringing you speakers and sessions from around the world. The WiDS Worldwide conference will include: