Data Science Institute

WiDS Providence

Stay tuned for the date and theme of the 2025 WiDS Providence Datathon!

Women in Data Science logoWiDS is a global initiative that empowers and supports women in the field of data science, and our event is the perfect opportunity to learn, grow and connect with like-minded individuals. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, regardless of gender, this event has something for you. We'll kick off the day with a workshop tailored to those new to data science, providing a great introduction to the basics of the field. We'll host a datathon in the afternoon that is open to all levels where you can put your skills to the test, collaborate with your peers, and push your boundaries.

2023 Datathon Challenge

Women in Data Science (WiDS) Providence Datathon
February 18, 2023

In this year's Datathon Challenge, participants will use data science to improve longer-range weather forecasts to help people prepare and adapt to extreme weather events caused by climate change. 

Learn more about the Challenge

Join us for a day of learning, inspiration, and fun. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with the data science community and take your skills to the next level!

Sign up to be a Mentor

We are happy to invite students with advanced skills in data science to become mentors. If you're interested in being a mentor, there will be an onboarding meeting the first week of February (Date TBA). Please fill out this form using the link above to receive a notification about the meeting. Don't miss this opportunity to share your knowledge and make an impact on the data science community!

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Schedule Of Events

10:00 - 10:15 AM

Breakfast and Check-in

Continental breakfast. Pick up your nametag and DSI t-shirt

10:15 - 10:30 AM

Welcome Address

Cristina Menghini, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher Associate at Brown University

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Introduction to Data Exploration and Classification

Cristina Menghini, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher Associate at Brown University

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Climate Introduction

Sarah Esenther, NCRL Ph.D., Student in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science at Brown University

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Team Formation

1:00 - 4:00 PM


4:00 - 4:30 PM

Keynote Address

Francesca Lazzari, Ph.D., Principal Data and Machine Learning Scientist Manager at Microsoft; Adjunct Professor at Columbia University

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Report from Teams


WiDS Providence is an independent event that is organized by the Data Science Initiative at Brown University as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference, the WiDS Datathon, and an estimated 200 WiDS Regional Events worldwide. Everyone is invited to attend all WiDS conferences and WiDS Datathon Workshop events which feature outstanding women doing outstanding work.