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Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference

Loh Yun Jin, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication Studies

8 March 2017

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference was held in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017 at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. This event saw a stellar turnout of 130 students and professionals coming together to learn and support women in data science.

The WiDS Conference is a collaboration among Stanford University, SAP Universities Alliances, SAP Next-Gen, Google, Microsoft, and Walmart Labs. It aims to inspire and educate data scientists, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. The conference also exhibited a strong SAP focus, addressing topics such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), and goals to drive machine learning across SAP’s applications and ecosystems.

Some highlights from the conference included a lecture by the Vice-President and Head of SAP Learning Business Development, Christian Boos, titled Intelligent Enterprise powered by Machine Learning, and a speech by Dr. Shonali Krishnaswamy, Chief Technology Officer of AIDA Technologies, that addressed her experience as a data scientist and technopreneur.

There was also an insightful panel discussion that explored the topic of career and technopreneurship in data science, moderated by Zarina Lam-Stanford, the Head of Marketing for SAP Asia Pacific Japan. The programme ended with a networking session that enabled students to interact with experienced mentors, and clinch internship opportunities with SAP.

This five-hour long conference successfully celebrated diversity and female empowerment in the field of data science. Furthermore, many students and professionals also pledged their commitment to the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, an encouraging and promising sight indeed. We look forward to participating in the next WiDS Conference!​​