The WiDS Datathon is a new feature of the WiDS conference for 2018 and will take place February 1-28, 2018. Winners will be announced at the WiDS Stanford conference on March 5, 2018.
The WiDS Datathon is a joint effort between the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME) at Stanford University, Kaggle (a Google company), Intuit, West Big Data Innovation Hub, and InterMedia, a grant recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in their Financial Services for the Poor program. The data has been collected by InterMedia to alleviate global poverty by learning how to help the world’s poorest people take advantage of widely available mobile phones and other digital technology to access financial tools and participate more fully in their local economies.
This competition seeks to encourage women to apply their knowledge in a predictive analytics challenge, using data collected by InterMedia’s Financial Inclusion Insights (FII) program. Participants will analyze the data and build machine learning and statistical models, using their preferred data analysis methods and tools. The WiDS Datathon competition will be hosted by Kaggle.