The annual Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference returns in March! See below for how to get involved in this worldwide event.

Save the Date

  • WiDS Datathon runs January through Feb 26, 2022
  • WiDS Global Conference watch party on March 7, 2022

WiDS Datathon

The 5th Annual Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon launches in January and closes at the end of February 2022. This year’s challenge is on mitigating the effects of climate change with a focus on energy efficiency. The WiDS Datathon dataset was created in collaboration with Climate Change AI (CCAI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). WiDS Datathon participants will analyze regional differences in building energy efficiency, and build models to predict building energy consumption – an important first step in understanding how to maximize energy efficiency. Accurate predictions of energy consumption can help policymakers target retrofitting efforts to maximize emissions reductions. ​“We see building retrofitting as a low-hanging fruit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions”, said Nikola Milojević-Dupont, Chair of the Content Committee at Climate Change AI. “Predicting energy consumption of buildings helps identify retrofitting approaches that can ultimately reduce emissions.” Winners will be announced at the WiDS Worldwide Conference held in-person, and online, on March 7, 2022. Read more about the datathon and how to sign up, here.

DataLab will be hosting a series of workshops in February to help local participants develop their projects. Sign up now to participate in the global datathon. Teams must register by Feb 23 and submit final entries by Feb 26.

WiDS Conference Watch Party

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field. Join us in DataLab’s classroom on March 7, 2022 (8am-noon, 1-5pm; Shields Library room 360, UC Davis campus*) to watch the livestream of the WiDS worldwide 2022 conference organized by Stanford University. We’ll have a brown bag networking lunch 12-1pm in the Library’s courtyard, weather permitting. Throughout the day you can also connect with our Davis watch party on the UC Davis slack #WiDS channel. Check out the schedule and keynote speakers here.

Want to watch from home? Register now to join the virtual conference. Free registration is available to the first 5,000 students. .

WiDS Davis is an independent event that is organized by DataLab as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 200+ locations worldwide, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are invited to attend all WiDS Worldwide conference events.

*All attendees must complete the daily symptom survey to enter UC Davis buildings, including the Library. As per UC Davis policy, masks required indoors regardless of vaccination status.

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