WiDS March 2021 Regional Events
In April alone, the following WiDS events will take place:
WiDS ambassadors that hosted some of the March events have provided the following event summaries and screenshots for you to enjoy.
WiDS ambassador Mariana Ungureanu hosted the inaugural WiDS Romania event to coincide with the WiDS Worldwide conference on March 8, attracting more than 1,300 attendees. The conference featured six panels: 1 public, 2 business, 2 tech and 1 Education. The public panel’s discussion focused on the corroboration of education with adjustments to new professions being key to success. The business panels centered around data science as a means of discovering the truth, while the tech panels featured discussions about the revolution of science being the next great revolution. Finally, the education panel talked about how to develop curriculum and training programs that are more inclusive, supporting gender diversity.
Here are links to the panel discussions:
Business panel 1 (English) moderated by Crenguta Leaua, Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center.
Tech panel 1 (English) moderated by Kelly Lu, Business Solutions Manager Advanced Analytics and AI, SAS
Education panel (Romanian) moderated by Ela Moraru CEO Google Romania
Tech panel 2 (Romanian) moderated by Andreea Bulisache, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Romania
Business panel 2 (Romanian) moderated by Ramona Jurubiță, CEO KPMG Romania & Republic of Moldova
Publc panel moderated by Andra Miron, Journalist
WiDS Ambassadors Linh Nguyen Ngoc and An Nguyen hosted the inaugural WiDS Hanoi Conference on March 8, 2021, attracting an overwhelming participation of 1800+ concurrent viewers and 17 000+ post-stream views.
WiDS Hanoi featured leading female data leaders and researchers discussing data science applications including Vietnamese text mining, interconnecting AI and Blockchain, tracing coronavirus evolution by data and improving business performance. Over 200 questions were sent to our speakers; the speakers and participants were having a lively discussion about data science, current applications of data and perspectives of amazing women professionals working in the data-related industries.
To find out more about WiDS Hanoi, visit the WiDS Hanoi Facebook page.
WiDS Lima @ UP
This year marks the fifth WiDS Lima @UP (Universidad del Pacifico), the UP bicentennial edition, hosted by Dean Michelle Rodriguez and Professor Mario Chong. This virtual event happened on March 8, 2021 during the COVID-19 restrictions. Celebrating International Women's Day, this special event had two parts. First the event featured keynote speakers: Maria Calzada and Ruth Zamudio from SAP, Germany, Sandra Acebes from Stratesys, Spain, Elena Paredes from Pacifico Insurances, Peru, and Georgette Martinez from Microsoft, Peru. They all shared their experiences as professionals in the field with more than 300 participants . For the second part, we had a round table where former students from UP: Gabriela Yaulli, Data Scientist at Rimac Insurance Company, Vanessa Alcantara, Data Scientist at BCP, Victoria Zevallos, Data Scientist at Intercorp Retail, and Maria Paz Herrera, Customer Excellence Analyst at VTEX, shared some thoughts about the challenges for young generations in the field. Closing the event, we had an interview with Reiko Yoshida from Facebook. Finally, WiDS Lima @UP invited participants to join the WiDS Worldwide conference livestream.
Watch a recap of the event on Facebook.
The inaugural WiDS Istanbul was held on March 7, 2021, with 1,250+ attendees, two panels, and seven talks. The event started with opening remarks made by WiDS Istanbul ambassadors: Oznur Tastan, Aslihan Demirkaya and Ozge Ozmen. The opening remarks were followed by the keynote speaker Prof. Aytul Ercil, a prominent role model with both academic, entrepreneur and angel investor experiences. She talked about reshaping economies through empowerment of women in science. Her talk was followed by the panel “Data Science in the USA”, talks on generative adversarial networks for transferring styles of illustrations, deep learning based artificial intelligence in vision, computer vision for autonomous driving and the power of storytelling in data science. A second panel titled “Junior Data Scientists'' where panelists shared experiences they had in their early careers, followed by talks about artificial intelligence and machine learning in Mobile Games and female role models in tech.
You can access WiDS Istanbul here with added Turkish/English subtitles. For more information about WiDS Istanbul, please visit our website.
New WiDS ambassador, Lama Moukheiber, a graduate student at the University of Buffalo, hosted a two-day WiDS Buffalo event on January 30-31, for 200+ registrants from across the globe, including Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, UK, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Canada, France, Sweden, Germany, Italy, and Sweden.
WiDS Buffalo interspersed panel discussions with keynote addresses. The panel discussions covered the role of AI in healthcare, accelerating business transformation by infusing AI, and exploring AI across industries. The keynote speakers addressed the top trends to watch for in 2021 for Cloud Computing, Healthcare innovations and the pandemic, health equity through ethical Ai, and an inspirational talk about how to maximize your data science super power.
Explore the topic areas and meet the speakers on the WiDS Buffalo website.
For the 4th year in a row, and in honor of International Women’s Day, Intuit Israel was proud to host the WiDS TLV conference in Israel, as part of the WiDS Worldwide conference on March 8, 2021. WiDS ambassadors and Intuit Israel data scientists Noah Eyal Altman and Or Basson opened the event, which was hosted by senior data scientist Adi Shalev. The conference was divided into 2 parts, featuring 6 talks and 9 roundtables (full agenda can be seen here). All speakers covered highly relevant and intriguing topics, ranging from how to crack cyberbullying to harnessing data to improve healthcare, to explainable k-means and k-medians clustering.
WiDS TelAviv attracted 265 online participants, most of which were from global and local leading companies, including Amazon, Apple, Dell, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Outbrain, PayPal. Other participants were from top-tier academia. 57% of attendees were newcomers, ensuring our community is growing more than ever!
You can experience WiDS TelAviv 2021 by viewing all of the recorded talks on this WiDS Tel Aviv Youtube playlist, and stay up to date with more exciting information by following WiDS TelAviv on LinkedIn.
WiDS New Jersey
WiDS ambassadors Forough Ghahramani from NJ Edge, Vaishali Lambe from UBS, and Rashmi Ketha from Verizon collaborated on the inaugural WiDS New Jersey event on March 12, 2021. This one-day virtual conference featured speakers from academia and industry to talk about the latest data science-related research in a number of domains, to learn how leading edge companies are leveraging data science for success, and to connect with potential mentors, collaborators and others in the field. WiDS New Jersey was very well-received, with more than 200 attendees and active audience engagement throughout the event.
You can learn more about the event, the speakers, and the ambassadors on the WiDS New Jersey website.
New ambassador, Nidhi Raj, hosted the inaugural WiDS Varanasi on March 13, 2021, with over 150 participants. WiDS Varanasi joined the WiDS Worldwide livestream to watch a keynote address given by Padmashree Warrior, CEO of Fable, as well as a technical talk given by Caitlin Smallwood from Netflix. Nidhi then delivered a workshop, exploring housing data from Zillow, focusing on data cleaning, exploratory data analysis, and model building and scoring.
WiDS Philadelphia @ Penn
The University of Pennsylvania was proud to host the second annual (first virtual) Women in Data Science (WiDS) Philadelphia @ Penn Conference on February 8-12, 2021. Over the course of the week, nearly 500 registrants had access to academic and industry talks, live speaker Q&A sessions, and networking opportunities.
This year’s theme – This is What a Data Scientist Looks Like – emphasized the depth, breadth, and diversity of data science, both in subject matter and personnel. On the first day of the conference, after welcoming remarks from deans Erika James (The Wharton School) and Vijay Kumar (Penn Engineering), attendees heard an inspiring talk from keynote speaker Kate Johnson, WG’94, President of Microsoft US, who spoke about the importance of technology as a change agent for inclusion.Throughout the week, attendees had the opportunity to attend both technical and non-technical talks centered around the practical applications of data science in a variety of different contexts: radiology and imaging informatics, automated accounts and information dissemination on social media, real-world professional experiences from women in the field, COVID-19’s impact on counties with different social-economic characteristics, and so much more!
For more information and videos from this year’s conference, visit the WiDS Philadelphia @ Penn event recap page.
WiDS Mumbai, Financial Services Chapter
The inaugural WiDS Mumbai Financial Services Chapter conference featured top female financial and data specialists in India on March 5, 2021, hosted by WiDS Ambassadors Anita Nandi and Shraddha Joshi. This conference highlighted the critical role of women to avoid gender bias in financial services in India, with the theme, “Women, Data Science, and Financial Services.”
WiDS Mumbai, Financial Services Chapter began with a keynote address by RM Vishakha, Managing Director & CEO of India First Life. Vishakha has been voted as one of the most powerful Business Women in India and is a strong supporter of women's inclusion in financial services. The keynote was followed by a panel discussion entitled, “State of Play: Present landscape of women in Data Science in Financial Services in India” with additional presentations including a talk about attracting more women in data science to the financial services field.
Thank you, WiDS ambassadors!
Thank you to all of the WiDS ambassadors for your dedication and hard work organizing and hosting WiDS regional events, worldwide! You’re making an impact in you cohort, colleagues, and community, and are a crucial part of the WiDS Worldwide movement.
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