WiDS Datathon Collaboration Day

Women in Data Science (WiDS)


February 2, 2019
9:00am to 5:00pm
Berkeley, CA


Join the Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon Collaboration Day on Saturday, February 2, to meet other participants, form teams, learn the basics of participating in Kaggle competitions, and get a jump start on your Datathon submissions with the help of technical mentors and domain experts.

Timed with the March 4, 2019 Global WiDS@Stanford Conference, the WiDS Datathon will extend from late-January through February 28th, 2019. Winning teams will be announced at the Global WiDS@Stanford Conference that reached 100,000 people last year in more than 150 cities. To learn more about the WiDS 2019 Datathon, visit: https://www.widsconference.org/datathon.html.

The event is open to all: we welcome students, industry, mentors, and all data science enthusiasts who would like to get involved. The Datathon is a great opportunity for both new and experienced data enthusiasts to apply and hone their data science skills. Anyone from those new to data science to veterans of the field are invited to participate! The challenge is open to individuals or teams of up to 4, at least half of whose members must be women (female identifying individuals).

The WiDS Datathon 2019 challenge:  Did you know that palm oil can be found in everything from the chocolate in your desk at work, to the shampoo that you use at home? The WiDS Datathon 2019 challenge is to create a model that can detect oil palm plantations in high-resolution satellite imagery, building awareness about deforestation and oil palm plantations.

Draft Agenda:

  • 9:00am - Check in and mingle: Networking breakfast & ice breakers
  • 10:00am - Q&A with Tips from Mentors
  • 10:30am - Team Rotations: speed networking focused on skills or interests
  • 11:15am - Team Formation and Working Sprints
  • 12:30pm - Working Lunch
  • 2:00pm - Coffee Break (Share progress & get feedback from mentors)
  • 3:00pm - Teams work on informal presentations
  • 4:30pm - Reflections & Next Steps

The WiDS 2019 Datathon Collaboration Day event is hosted by the WiDS Datathon Committee, the UC Berkeley Division of Data Sciences, and the West Big Data Innovation Hub. Many industry and UC Berkeley campus partners are also contributing to the success of this event, including the UC Berkeley Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the UC Berkeley School of Information, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), Kaggle, Planet, Figure Eight, Microsoft, Intuit, and Western Digital.  The Women in Data Science (WiDS) 2019 Datathon is a joint effort with the West Big Data Innovation Hub, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Kaggle (a Google company), Planet, Figure Eight, Western Digital, Intuit, Microsoft, and a growing community of collaborators.  Questions about this event may be directed to Meredith Lee, Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub (mmlee@berkeley.edu).