Women in Data Science (WiDS) Charlottesville will be held March 16, 2018 and hosted by the UVA Data Science Institute. WiDS Charlottesville is a regional event affiliated with the Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference which will be held March 5, 2018 at Stanford University. 
The global Women in Data Science (WiDS) conferences aim to inspire and educate data scientists, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. These global annual technical conferences provide an opportunity to hear about the latest data science related research and applications in a broad set of domains.  

All genders are invited to participate in the conference, which features exclusively female speakers.

New for 2018: WiDS Datathon

The WiDS Datathon for Good is a new feature of the WiDS conference for 2018.  The Datathon competition will take place in February 2018 with predictive analytics winners announced at the WiDS Stanford conference on March 5, 2018. 
The Datathon is working with the InterMedia Survey Institute, 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. InterMedia’s Financial Inclusion Insights program includes annual nationally representative surveys on financial behaviors and attitudes in eight countries in Africa and Asia.

This competition seeks to encourage women data scientists to engage in social impact solutions by participating in two challenges: one on predictive analytics, and a second around storytelling in data insights.

Learn more about the Datathon for Good

Acknowledgements and Partnerships

The inaugural WiDS Datathon for Good 2018 is a collaboration between Stanford University ICME, Intuit, InterMedia, Kaggle, and the West Big Data Innovation Hub. 

The WiDS Conference at Stanford University is held annually, in conjunction with 100+ regional events hosted by WiDS Ambassadors like the DSI, and available via livestream. The WiDS event at Stanford will be on March 5, 2018.