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WiDS: Chicago is an independent event organized to coincide with the annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. You may have heard about our recent Kickoff event for the WiDS: Datathon! All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work.

This year, WiDS: Chicago will feature lightning talks from accomplished, Chicago-based data scientists in both industry and academia, and a panel focusing on COVID-19 + Data Science. Speakers are listed on our website:

This year’s event will be particularly interactive– be prepared to chat in breakout rooms with speakers and panelists. The end of the evening will be a networking session hosted on Gathertown. All of the necessary links will be provided to registrants before the event!


5:00-5:30 Introduction and Opening Remarks

5:30-6:00 Panel discussion on COVID-19 and Data Science

6:00-6:20 Breakout rooms for deeper, independent small-group discussion on panel topic

6:20-6:50 Lightning Talks (2-3 minutes each) on

  – Software: Community + Collaboration

  – Data Inequity: Inequality in Data Science + the Data Gap

  – Novel Application Areas in Data Science

  – Pathways into Data Science

6:50-7:10 Breakout rooms for small-group discussion with speakers

7:15-8:00 Networking Session

Register on our website here❗ If you are unable to attend the event, please cancel your Eventbrite ticket.

NOTE: You must be normally (i.e.- not during a global pandemic) based out of Chicago to register for this event.

If you are **not**  based in Chicago, we encourage you to look for local events here, or check out a 24-hour virtual WiDS @ Stanford conference on March 8.


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