WiDS Regional Events, May 2021
WiDS @ Alteryx
WiDS ambassador Libby Duane Adams hosted three WiDS panels across the Americas, EMEA and APJ to expand global reach for the event. Hosted as part of the Virtual Global Alteryx Inspire conference, the WiDS @ Alteryx panels were hosted live and featured 10 panelists from countries including the US, France, Switzerland, India, New Zealand and more. Over 750+ people across the globe registered to tune in to the panels, which focused on data science and analytics in education, the importance of upskilling and how this contributes to digital transformation for businesses. There was also a live Q&A at the end of each panel, where audience members engaged with the panelists on their questions around career transitions, how to get started in data science and the value of analytical skills.
The on-demand WiDS @ Alteryx sessions can be found at https://alteryxinspire.gallery.video/
WiDS ambassador Kallie Ziltz, Rebecca Wang, and Arielle Carr from Lehigh University hosted their 4th regional (and first virtual!) WiDS Bethlehem event on April 23, 2021. The one-day event included two keynote speakers, three invited speakers, an industry panel of five technology and data professionals, and a student panel. Speakers’ backgrounds included computer science, psychology, and marketing; industry panelists represented both global and local businesses; and student panelists came from the math, accounting, computer science and engineering, and industrial and systems engineering majors. Additionally, WiDS Bethlehem held three interactive workshops on allyship and identity through Lehigh's Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Gender Equity, and Pride Center. The WiDS Bethlehem co-ambassadors look forward to continuing to promote intersectionality as part of their events in future years.
More information on the event, the speakers, and their talks can be found on the WiDS Bethlehem events page.
In April 2021, WiDS Ecuador took place for the first time, an event organized by ambassadors from three cities: Cuenca, Guayaquil and Quito. This event hosted 15 female speakers who talked about topics related to Data Science applied to biology, health, image processing, artificial intelligence, construction of bots, business, and more.
The event was hosted over the course of three days to share the knowledge and experience of Ecuadorian women in the wonderful world of data science. WiDS Ecuador was attended by more than 650 people and was broadcasted through the social networks of the Ecuadorian Statistical Society.
On May 24th, WiDS Beijing was held online, focusing on, "Data Science in Action". The event brought together CEO Xiaomei Wang, founding member of CARBONBASE, Karen Wang, professors Ruihua Song and Xue Yang, and experts from IBM Shuang Yu and Hefang Zhang to share their perspectives on "Trust AI", "NLP","AI for Good" and "AI Adoption".
In all, there were 250+ registrants and 170+ people were online at the peak. During this 3-hour event, the speakers and the attendees had very good discussions on how AI could help people in various fields like healthcare, environmental sciences, education, manufacturing, and more. Challenges like missing relevant data and AI ethics issues were also discussed. This series of speakers and networking opportunities connected attendees to industry professionals to explore the practical applications of data analytics and data science, greatly inspiring the attendees.
You can read more about WiDS Beijing in this LinkedIn article authored by the Head of Data and AI Development @ China Development Lab at IBM and WiDS Beijing ambassador, Catherine Wu, as well as this summary article written by He Fang Zhang.
Ecem Esra Öztürk and Neslişah Doğan hosted the inaugural WiDS Karabük online on March 27-28, 2021. More than 280 people registered for the event, and hundreds more have watched the event since. The event featured four technology sessions. The guest speakers Nurten Altın, Merve Bayram Durna, Buse Yaren Tekin, Elif Yılmaz talked about their journey as well as gave an insight on diversity in Data Science. They organized the event together with Google Developer Student Club Karabük and Women Techmakers Karabük teams.
You can see all of the talks from WiDS Karabük here.
WiDS Jaboticabal @UNESP
The inaugural WiDS Jaboticabal was held on May 12, 2021, with more than 500 people attending. The conference began with a welcome from the WiDS ambassadors, Nayane Maia and Karita Almeida, followed by Adriele Biase who delivered a talk focused on machine learning and livestock management. Next came Gabriela Mourão who gave a talk about data science applied to soil sensors. The final talk was delivered by Taynara Valeriano, on artificial intelligence focused applied to agricultural forecasting systems, followed by a closing address by the WiDS ambassadors. You can watch all of the talks on the WiDS Jabotical @ UNESP YouTube video.
WiDS Riyadh @ PSU
Prince Sultan University (PSU) hosted their fourth WiDS Riyadh @ PSU to coincide with the WiDS Worldwide conference on March 8, 2021, spearheaded by Tanzila Saba and Fatima Khan from the Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) research lab. More than 1,400 people attended the event, which featured three tracks: Data Science and Artificial Intelligence during COVID-19, Data Science in Law, Business, Urban Infrastructure, and Digital Humanities, and Latest Trends and Techniques in Data Science. In addition to the WiDS Riyadh @ PSU event, the ambassador team also mentored 8 groups and 5 international teams that competed in the WiDS Datathon 2021.
WIDS Melbourne 2021 was a culmination of efforts of the organizing team of Maria Prokofieva, Amanda Cole, Mujtaba Brohi and other members of the Victoria University (VU) Data Analytics Association. After extensive lockdowns in Melbourne, the event was hosted online with a stellar line-up of online speakers from all over the world, including Kelley Sternhagen, Violetta Misiorek, Devini Goonetilleke, Michelle Lugton, Amrita Prasad and others. The WiDS Melbourne team had great support from Victoria University, including from Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Professor Corinne Reid who delivered the opening address. The event demonstrated great role models in the area of data analytics and business transformation and their successes in addressing real life business problems.
WiDS Pimpri-Chinchwad hosted by ambassadors Drishti Jain and Barkha Jain was very successful, for the second year in a row. The event was hosted virtually, and participants were able to learn and gain knowledge in the technology talks which covered a wide range of topics, from motion analysis to interpretability to voice emotion detection. Participants also engaged in an interactive quiz on the latest advancements in data science and technology.
WIDS Vancouver, hosted by ambassadors Duong Vu and Ha Dinh, had the theme “Empowering the next generation of Women in Data Science”. With the support of team leaders Celine Liu, Natasha Mattson and Preeti Hemant, WIDS Vancouver has been exploring how to connect with different audiences: high school students, new grads, people who want to switch careers and women who have been in the field a long time, working to find ways to support and help them thrive. The team worked with a group of dedicated volunteers to create a series of events happening every Friday during May. WiDS Vancouver this year attracted more than 100 attendees, with 17 speakers coming from 3 different continents at various company sizes and industries, bringing diverse viewpoints to the audience.
The WiDS Vancouver team worked with a group of dedicated volunteers to create a series of events happening every Friday during May: “Switching to a Data Science Career”, “Acing the Interview”, “Advancing in Data Science Career”, “Ethics-First Data Science”, and “Telling a Data Story”. The recorded panel discussion and talks are available here on the WiDS Vancouver YouTube Channel.
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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 by bringing WiDS to your cohort, colleagues, and community, and are a crucial part of the WiDS Worldwide movement.
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