Jin, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication Studies
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!