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Stanford ICME Announces the
2018 Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference
More than 100,000 participants expected in-person at 150+ events in 50+ countries and online
Palo Alto, CA— January 31, 2018--Stanford ICME announced the third Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference taking place on March 5, 2018. This one-day technical conference will feature world-class female data scientists in industry and academia across a wide range of domains. WiDS will be held at Stanford University, at 150+ regional events in 50+ countries, and broadcasted worldwide via livestream and Facebook Live..
“With this global conference, we aim to inspire more women to enter this important and growing field that is having a major impact on every sector of our society,” said Margot Gerritsen, Director of the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME) at Stanford University. "By showcasing the amazing work that these incredible women are doing, we also hope to reinvigorate women currently in fields related to data science."
The conference will feature speakers delivering keynotes, a series of technical vision talks, and a career panel. Speakers will discuss their research and applications in areas such as machine and deep learning, data visualization, cybersecurity, data ethics and privacy, and bioinformatics. Speakers and panelists include:
More information about the speakers and panelists can be found here: http://www.widsconference.org/speakers.html.
Global WiDS Impact
The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference is a truly global and inclusive conference, with a unique participation model. Participants have the choice of joining the conference in person at Stanford; in person at one of the 100+ regional events worldwide; online via livestream; or online via Facebook Live. This participation model provides unfettered access to valuable, technical, and innovative content to anyone in the world that would like to participate. WiDS regional events are hosted by volunteer WiDS Ambassadors worldwide. For additional information about WiDS, or to register for regional events, visit the WiDS website at widsconference.org.
“We're thrilled to bring WiDS to the AUB for the second year, creating awareness about the vast opportunities in the field, empowering women in the MENA region, and exposing young students to exciting research and applications", said Fida Kanaan, Director of Executive Education, American University of Beirut (AUB), and WiDS Beirut ambassador. "We anticipate that we'll collaborate with Stanford on WiDS for many years to come."
New for WiDS 2018 is the WiDS Datathon: a joint effort between Stanford ICME, 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 WiDS Datathon seeks to encourage women to apply their knowledge in a predictive analytics challenge, using data collected by InterMedia’s Financial Inclusion Insights (FII) program. The dataset for the competition will be a product of InterMedia’s research 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. More details are provided in the WiDS Datathon press release, and on our website: widsconference.org/datathon.html.
About Stanford University
Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
About the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME) at Stanford University
ICME is a home at Stanford for an increasingly critical multidisciplinary field that uses advanced mathematical and computing capabilities to understand and solve big, complex problems. ICME has over 50 affiliated faculty from 20+ departments across the university. Faculty and ICME graduate students are involved in groundbreaking research around computational mathematics, data science, machine learning, optimization, simulation, and other related areas. ICME is a degree-granting program for MS and PhD students who apply their studies to a wide range of domains. ICME has MS degree tracks in Data Science, Computational Finance, Geoscience, and Imaging Sciences. Last year, ICME offered over 60 courses reaching 3,000 students, including undergraduates.
Co-Director, WiDS Conference
Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME)
WiDS Datathon Press Release
WiDS Fact Sheet
Available upon request
Headshots: Google Drive folder
Prior event photos:
Facebook photo album
WiDS 2017 Highlight video
Why we started WiDS
featuring Margot Gerritsen
WiDS YouTube playlist
SiliconAngle TV / The Cube:
WiDS 2017 Speaker Interviews