The WiDS Datathon continues to attract beginner data scientists
Many respondents said that the datathon also increased their confidence in their data science abilities; provided access to datasets, tools and platforms; and provided connections to collaborators and mentorship, across continents.
Hear directly from WiDS Datathon participants:
The WiDS Datathon provides awareness to climate change impact
This year's theme of Climate Change resonated with contestants across the globe. Participants spoke about the relevance and urgency of this topic, and how excited they were to gain skills in this multifaceted domain.
The WiDS Datathon fosters team collaboration and mentorship
WiDS Ambassadors hosted 40+ WiDS Datathon workshops in over 22 countries, fostering participation and providing mentorship opportunities, collaboration, and interaction amongst beginner and advanced data scientists, within their communities. Many WiDS ambassadors were instrumental in helping data science participants submit their first models to Kaggle. You can read about many of the workshop highlights, shared directly by ambassadors.
A stay-at-home-mom workshop attendee from the WiDS Silicon Valley workshop shares,
WiDS Datathon winners share results and tell their stories
After the WiDS Datathon 2022 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:
In their interviews, all three winning teams talked about the WiDS Datathon being highly accessible to beginners. They also talked about the role of the Datathon in keeping current with the latest developments in the field.
The WiDS Datathon supports continued exploration in data science research
The winners above were among over 800 teams that competed in the WiDS Datathon 2022. This year, over 250 WiDS Datathon participants will continue to extend their participation, submitting research papers as part of the Excellence in Research Award (Phase II). In Phase II, we broaden our focus to examine the impacts of climate change across multiple domains. Participants have the opportunity to choose to explore one dataset among several, spanning sectors including healthcare, energy and environmental protection. Participants also have opportunities to take deeper dives into their dataset and tackle a range of impactful real-world tasks.
To continue to support beginners, we offer hands-on office hours to Phase II participants, where they receive mentorship from experts in the domain related to their choice of dataset and task. Domain expert mentorship in Phase II allows participants to continue strengthening their foundational data science skills as well as develop skills needed to conduct research in data science.
Phase II papers will be submitted on June 30th, and reviewed by a judging panel. Winners will be announced over the summer.
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