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Pilot Datathon for Women of Color | Virtual | Spring 2022

March 21 @ 8:00 am April 15 @ 5:00 pm

The South Big Data Hub will join HerWILL (Women Inspired in Life and Leadership) for the “First Ever Datathon for Women of Color”, a competition preceded by four weeks of data science basic workshops on machine learning, databases, data scrubbing, and data science opportunities with some of the top industry leaders in innovation, business, and technology from local, national, and international arenas. The Women of Color Datathon is HerWILL’s global multi-year workforce development model to create more opportunities for women in Data Science fields.

Workshops:
1. Motivation and Why, Technical Support & Setup on March 21, 2022
2. Introduction into Data and Databases on March 25, 2022
3. Statistics and Descriptive Analysis (1) on March 28, 2022
4. Statistics and Descriptive Analysis (2) on April 1, 2022
5. Overview of Data Science Methods on April 4, 2022
6. Machine Learning (1) on April 8, 2022
7. Machine Learning (2) on April 11, 2022
8. Evaluation and Validation on April 15, 2022

Datathon:
23-25 April 2022 in Atlanta, GA

Prizes:
Cash prizes, internships, job/study programs, mentorship, leadership training.

Worldwide participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathethimatic) education by women is currently only half of their male counterparts. Developing a highly-skilled talent pool for women in Data Science for high-paying opportunities to advance their economic empowerment will solve the market demand for highly skilled Data Science talents, and also create higher paying opportunities for women. All industries are struggling to meet the talent demand while women are missing out on high-paying jobs and innovative entrepreneurship, particularly in disadvantaged economic conditions, disadvantaged geographies, and areas with cultural/religious/political barriers to women’s education. Data Science jobs ranked number one in 2020 (UCI), growing at 35% (LinkedIn). Only 15% Data Scientists are women (BCG Report) and 3% of them are African-Americans (IMES). Median entry-level Data Science professionals salary is ~$100k (University of Wisconsin), 2X other entry-level jobs in USA (LinkedIn). HerWILL is encouraging and creating opportunities for more women to enter STEM fields and make a mark.