The WiDS Datathon was a new feature of the WiDS conference for 2018. We will be hosting our second WiDS Datathon early in 2019. , Winners will be announced at the WiDS Stanford conference on March 4, 2019.
The inaugural WiDS Datathon ws a joint effort between the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME) at Stanford University, Kaggle (a Google company), Intuit, West Big Data Innovation Hub, and InterMedia, a grant recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, in their Financial Services for the Poor program. The data has been collected by InterMedia to alleviate global poverty by learning how to help the world’s poorest people take advantage of widely available mobile phones and other digital technology to access financial tools and participate more fully in their local economies.
The WiDS Datathon competition seeks to encourage women to apply their knowledge in a predictive analytics challenge, Participants analyze the provided dataset and build machine learning and statistical models, using their preferred data analysis methods and tools. The WiDS Datathon 2019 competition will be held on the Kaggle platform.