Women in Data Science Event in Palestine #WiDS2020
Led by ArabWIC Palestine Chapter
On February 29, 2020, Women in Data Science (WiDS) Nablus Conference was held for the second time at the Engineering Association-Nablus Branch led by ArabWIC-Palestine chapter’s leaders and other voluntary efforts. The conference welcomed over 60 attendees that varied between students, graduates, and professionals. The event included key talks by Miss Ayah Soufan who holds a Master’s degree in Data Science from the University of Southampton, UK, and Miss Rudina Subaih who holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Arab American University, Palestine (AAUP).
Miss Ayah talked about the fundamentals and first steps to become a data scientist, and Miss Rudina discussed how to apply machine learning in pedestrian dynamics. The event coincided with Stanford University’s annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference.
WiDS is an activity that started in 2015 at Stanford University aiming to develop human resources, inspire and educate data scientists worldwide regardless of their gender, and to support women in the field. Now, WiDS includes a global conference with approximately 150+ regional events and chapters worldwide, a social impact challenge datathon, and a podcast featuring leaders in the field talking about their work and experiences.
Women in Data Science (WiDS) and the Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC) Palestine chapters are teaming up this year to make 12 different events in different technology domains with a focus on the Arabic content. All genders are, of course, invited to attend ArabWIC WiDS events, which feature outstanding women doing outstanding work.
Big shout out for ArabWIC Leaders who worked on organizing the event:
Ayah Soufan Waed Jabarin Ayat Shaheen Maryam Shaheen and Yamama Shakaa
Thanks for our volunteers: Israa Mousa Israa AbuSieda
This piece was written by Nagham Jawabra and edited by: Aya Jabri