Announcing the Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference 2019
The Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative began in November 2015 at Stanford University with the inaugural WiDS conference. Our goals were to inspire and educate participants, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. The inspiration and education is the result of featuring amazing female speakers doing outstanding work in the field, in a broad set of domains.
In addition to the 400+ participants at Stanford for our inaugural conference, we discovered that 6,000+ people participated online. That made us realize that we had an opportunity for greater impact, worldwide. For our second conference, in February 2017, we went global, with 80+ regional events in 30+ countries.
The Global WiDS conference expanded even more in 2018, with 150+ regional events happening in 50+ countries. We also expanded the initiative with the inaugural WiDS Datathon, a predictive analytics challenge using data collected by InterMedia, a grant recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in their Financial Services for the Poor program. WiDS Datathon participants numbered 1,000+, from 220+ teams, hailing from 26 countries.
Be a Part of Global WiDS 2019
Now is the time to get ready for WiDS 2019! You can participate in a number of ways.
Attend WiDS Stanford, or a WiDS regional event near you
If you would like to attend the Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference at Stanford University on March 4, 2019, you’ll want to register now
. If tickets are sold out, don’t despair! We expect to have hundreds of regional events worldwide, so you can attend a WiDS event locally. Or, you can tune into our livestream on the day of WiDS Stanford.
Become a WiDS Ambassador, and host a regional event
You can also organize a WiDS regional event to bring the conference to your cohort, colleagues, or community. Apply to become a WiDS ambassador
, including signing the license agreement, and you can plan an event that coincides with the Global WiDS conference. Many regional events include local speakers, talking about their applications and research in multiple data science domains.
Participate in the next WiDS Datathon
Hone your data science skills with the WiDS Datathon
, joining teams in a predictive analytics challenge focused on social impact. The WiDS Datathon will happen early in 2019, and winners will be announced at the March 4, 2019, Global WiDS Conference at Stanford. If you’d like to participate in the WiDS Datathon, sign up for our email list for WiDS datathon news and notifications.
Listen and subscribe to the WiDS Podcast
Gain insight from high-profile women in data science profession on the WiDS Podcast
. They’ll share their career highlights & lessons learned along the way. Season one features ten amazing women doing ground-breaking work in the field, across a wide range of domains.
If you’re a current or aspiring data scientist, or just interested in learning about the latest applications and research in this growing field, we invite you to participate in WiDS 2019.