Women In Data Science Conference Happening Soon In Nepal


The gender gap in technology is real. According to the World Economic Forum, women represent just 22% of AI professionals worldwide. The only way to bridge the gender gap and eliminate gender bias in AI is to encourage more women to pursue tech subjects. To encourage more women to involve in Data Science and celebrate their achievements, the Women In Data Science conference is happening in Nepal. The event is set to start on July 24.

About WiDS WorldWide

​The Women in Data Science (WiDS) is an initiative that aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field. WiDS started as a one-day technical conference at Stanford in November 2015. Five years later, WiDS is a global movement that includes a number of worldwide initiatives. Among many other activities, some of the activities initiated by WiDS are conference, datathon, podcast series, education outreach, and workshop.

WiDS Kathmandu 2021

WiDS Kathmandu 2021 is an independent event that is organized by Manisha Panta and Reecha Khanal as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are allowed to attend all WiDS Worldwide conference events.

The online event will last for three days and will see 15+ speakers and 50+ attendees. WiDS Kathmandu 2021 is happening on July 24 – July 25 NPT (Shrawan 9 & 10). The click reader (TCR) and Rotaract club of Dillibazzar have supported the event as Educational partner and Publicity partner respectively. For the event, the ambassadors are Manisha Panta and Reecha Khanal. Currently, Manisha Panta is a Ph.D. student at the University of New Orleans while Reecha Khanal is working as Software Engineer at Gainwell Technologies LLC. If you wish to experience this exciting event and get more info about Data Science, make sure you register today.

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The Speakers

Dr. Archana Bhattarai

Senior Search Relevance Engineer | Apple

Topic: Beyond Keywords, what matters in Semantic Query Understanding

Asmita Bhattarai

GIS Analyst, Ph.D. Student | University of Utah

Topic: Visual Analytics of High-dimensional Data with Self-Organizing Maps

Dr. Dovan Rai

Independent Researcher | AI in Education

Topic: AI in Education

Dr. Elina Pradhan

Economist | World Bank Group

Topic: Data Generation and Use for Health Policy Design and Implementation.

Dr. Jwala Dhamala

Research Scientist | Amazon (Alexa)

Topic: Applications of Artificial Intelligence for Social Good.

Dr. Reshma Shrestha

Assistant Professor (CIVIL & Geomatics)| Kathmandu University (KU)

Topic: Looking from the lens of gender mainstreaming: the inclusiveness of women in surveying and geo-information technology in Nepal.

Rubeena Mahato

Development Policy Expert | UNICEF

Topic: Data-driven solutions in Global Development: Trends, Possibilities, and Limitations.

Dr. Sabita Acharya

R&D Scientist, NLP | Procter & Gamble

Topic: Applications of NLP and ML in various domains.

Dr. Samrachana Adhikari

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics | New York University, School of Medicine

Topic: Data science for evidence-based decision-making in medicine.

Sangita Sharma

Project Manager | Leapfrog

Topic: Role of Data Science in Project Management Metrics.

Dr. Smrittee Kala Panta

Director of Planning and Outreach | Samridhhi Agriculture Research and Development

Topic: Gender mainstreaming in Data Science: some examples from field-based research in Nepal

Dr. Reshma Shrestha

Assistant Professor | Kathmandu University (KU)

Topic: Looking from the Lens of Gender Mainstreaming: Inclusiveness of Women in Surveying and Geo-information Technology in Nepal.

Dr. Prerana Shrestha

Assistant Professor | the University of New York at Stony Brook

Topic: Towards understanding the molecular basis of emotional memories.

Sayam Moktan

Ph.D. candidate | Department of Political Science at University of Cincinnati

Topic: The migration of Nepali women for domestic work to the Gulf countries and the impact of the Nepal government’s policies banning out-migration for domestic work.

Also Read: Driven by Purpose or Passion: What Do Nepalese Women Have to Say About Their STEM Careers?


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Currently a final year student at Islington College, Dipesh Duwal is a passionate and quick learner who wishes to learn something new every day. When not writing, he is busy reviving his life energy through books.

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