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WiDS 2022 - Many Congratulations WiDS Ambassadors and WiDS Datathon Teams at IBM

By Susan Malaika posted Tue June 07, 2022 07:10 AM


Women in Data Science (WiDS) Summary at IBM in 2022
In 2022, IBMers are leading or speaking at 9 WiDS Regional events.  Teams of IBMers are also competing in both phases of the WiDS Datathon 2022 (a kaggle contest). IBMer Dr. Jaione Tirapu-Azpiroz also ran one Datathon workshop to on-board colleagues onto the WiDS Datathon.
In addition, IBMers attended at the WiDS conference at Stanford University on March 7, 2022 and IBM Fellow g.

The remainder of this blog entry summarizes the activities of IBMers at WiDS in 2022. We are looking forward to:
  • The remaining WiDS regional events in 2022
  • The WiDS Datathon Phase 2 completion and results
  • Planning WiDS 2023  activities starting in 4Q2022.
Thank you all for your support and to Dr Seth Dobrin (Global Chief AI Officer) for sponsoring these activities. We will update this blog entry through 2022 to incorporate the remaining activities, regional events and Datathon results

WiDS Regional Events in 2022 involving IBMers:

At least 600 attendees from a variety of companies and universities participated in the various regional WiDS events led by IBMers (who registered as WiDS Ambassadors)  or events that involved IBM speakers. The following is a summary list with links to further information:

  • WiDS Rio de Janeiro @ IBM : This was a WiDS Datathon on-boarding workshop on December 20, 2021, led Dr. Jaione Tirapu-Azpiroz, to demonstrate how to engage in the Titanic beginners' contest as preparation for the WiDS Datathon 2022.
  • WiDS Romania 2nd edition held on March 7, 2022 led by WiDS Ambassadors who included IBMer Mariana Ungureanu - Panelists included Marina Bârlescu Cognitive & Analytics Leader, IBM,
  • WiDS Research Triangle @ IBM. held on  About 80 attendees learned from Data Scientists Rebecca James (Data Scientist IBM Expert Labs), Victoria Lopez Miranda (Lead Data Scientist IBM CIO), Katrien Mooney (Data Scientist IBM Technology Support Services), and Eliza Salkeld (Senior Data Scientist Fidelity Investments) during a panel led by Caryn Woodruff (Director of Business Technology, IBM Technology Support Services). They also had the opportunity to ask the panel their own questions. This session was followed by "How to Market Yourself as a Female Technologist", by Kathryn Guarini, IBM CIO. Kathryn shared her journey to leadership and how she started her own blog. Finally they ended the day with a networking activity and workshop led by Brianne Boldrin, IBM AI Technical Specialist. Participants learned about manual and automated features of Watson Studio and the steps and tools for solving a business problem with Data Science.
  • WiDS NY @ IBM 2022 : This event was virtual and was held on April 29, 2022. You can see the Recap Blog Link Many thanks to IBM speakers who included IBM Fellow Saska Mojsilovic, Maureen Norton, Data Scientist Profession Leader, Samar Deen, Data Scientist and
    Aakanksha Joshi, Senior Data Scientist - Data Science and AI Elite Much appreciation to the WiDS Ambassadors who led the event who included
  • WiDS UAE 2022 : This event was in-person along with a livestream and held at Heriot Watt university in Dubai on May 21. There were over a hundred attendees across the in-person and virtual participants. Thank you to WiDS Ambassador  IBMer Abeer Haroon and all the other Ambassadors who led the event:
  • WiDS Tokyo @ IBM was held on June 3 with about 150 virtual attendees
  • WiDS Beijing @ IBM was held on June 6 with about 200 virtual attendees - Many thanks to WiDS Ambassador IBMer Catherine (Yan) Wu
  • WiDS Paris upcoming on June 18
    • Join us on June 18th at WiDS Paris @ Women Power IT for our third virtual event featuring local and international speakers from academia and industry, who will talk about diverse AI and Data Science topics and share their journey and expertise.WiDS Paris @ Women Power IT is an opportunity to hear about the latest Data Science related research and applications in a broad set of domains. All Data Science enthusiasts of all genders and backgrounds are welcome to participate!More information and registration on:
    • Thank you IBMers and for speaking at this Regional Event

WiDS Datathon 2022 (Links will be fixed later today June 7)
In 2022, the top ranked IBM team was team Sunflower (Zhuo Ling Feng Yuan, Han Yan Yan, Li Shuang) from IBM China who were ranked 15 out of 829 teams overall.  Congratulations! We are also proud of IBMer Olga Vilenskaia in the team that was ranked number 4! Now the teams are working on Phase 2 :  Excellence in Research Award which closes at the end of June 2022. Stanford University are providing guidance and workshops on how to write research papers for those who are new to publishing. Many congratulations to all the IBMers who participated.