Women in Data Science (WiDS) is an international conference primarily located at Stanford
University with 100+ satellite conferences across every continent except Antarctica. In 2018, over
100,000 people attended the conference in person and via the livestream and Facebook Live.
WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU was held for the first time last year and had nearly 150 local participants
including students, faculty, companies, non-profits, and campus organizations. The purpose of
WiDS is “to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support
women in the field”; the conference features exclusively female speakers from academia and
WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU for 2019 was expanded to a three-day event. April 4th featured a
Data Science in Finance Panel held at the CMU New York Location (live-streamed in Pittsburgh),
a networking welcome reception at The Yard in Shadyside (co-hosted by the Pittsburgh
useR Meetup and the Pittsburgh Women in Machine Learning and Data Science Meetup) was
held on April 5th, and April 6th was a full-day technical conference hosted in the Giant Eagle
Auditorium on CMU’s Pittsburgh campus.