U-Planner sponsors first women in Data Science conference in Chile

3, Dec, 2018

Isabel Sagenmüller
BY: Isabel Sagenmüller

On March 3rd, u-planner will participate in the very first version in Chile of the “Women in Data Science” forum, continuing the conference held at Stanford University.

The Summit is organized by the Data Science Institute at Universidad del Desarrollo and the Chilean chapter of Girls in Tech.

The Stanford Women in Data Science (WiDS) is a global leadership and innovation conference hosted at Stanford University and 75+ additional locations worldwide.

This conference is an opportunity to hear about the latest data science related research in multiple domains and learn how leading-edge companies are using these technologies for success.

u-planner’s women input to Data Science

As part of this initiative, u-planner shares the knowledge and experience of women in the team working actively on Data Science research.

Camila Diaz, Data Scientist

She joined college initially to become a game developer. This changed along the way, and Camila fell in love with optimization and artificial intelligence.

While looking for orientation for her career, she found Data Science as a niche in Chile, “where challenges appear every minute and personal learning does not stop.”

 “(…)  in the past few years, I have noticed his prejudice, to think that a woman is not capable of doing the same things as a man, has diminished.

New companies have developed better confidence in women’s capacities, and have noticed that we can perform equally or even better than a man in the same position.

I think the main complexity is the lack of confidence in yourself, but as many it is something you can develop.”

She adds that Data Science in the world “is blooming, and the best bay to keep going with the advancements in data processing is in this area. Although in Chile we do not have a large Data Science community, this concept has been inserting itself as a new way to improve processes, where mathematics and computer sciences are essential to it”.

Sebastián Flores, Head of de Data Science at u-planner, adds that “just last November the first diploma in Data Science was taught in Chile. In universities, Machine Learning courses have too much theory and little use of real data”.

 Vanessa Lerchundi, Data Scientist

Vanessa adds that there is “a general prejudice against women,” and how the position in engineering and science.

“I feel that we sometimes underestimate our capacity and this means that we have limited ourselves to get involved in these disciplines. This can be seen at the moment of comparing the number of men and women that join this field.”

She adds that Data Science is attractive to her for “its diversity regarding applying knowledge. It is not centered in a particular field as statistics or IT, but integrates all these knowledge, turning it into a fun area, in constant learning.”

Sebastian Flores values the support of the women’s Data Science team. Above all, “the Chilean Data Scientist has a lot of personal initiative and self-training”.

“Data Science is in the heart of u-planner’s algorithms, so it is natural to support these initiatives. Despite having a high demand for Data Science, there aren’t specific programs for Data Science in Chile".

Vanessa concludes that the discipline “has much future in education, as the recollection and data analysis it applies could help improve and increase the performance of the institution, from optimizing their resources, to better knowing their students’ behavior.”

 About “Women in Data Science” Chile

The Santiago event is part of a network of global leadership and innovation conferences, hosted at Stanford University, and the conference in Chile will invite Data Science, Information Technology and STEM students, startups, researchers and professionals to discuss and see highlights of the discussions held in the United States.

 Program

  • 9:15-9:30 Registration and coffee
  • 9:30-9:40: Opening remarks
  • 9:40-10:30 Keynote Daniela Paolotti (in English)
  • 10:30-11:00 Highlights of WIDS2017@Stanford (in Spanish, except for some videos)
  • 11:00-12:00 Panel "Data Science: niche for female talent?" (in Spanish)
  • 12:00-12:30 Cocktail, networking and celebration of the International Women's Day

 Do you want to know more about the event? Send us your comments!

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Isabel has more than 10 years of experience developing, leading and executing Marketing and Communication strategies at international level (EMEA, US and LATAM). She has worked for B2B organizations in different sectors such as nutrition, logistics and education. She is bilingual in German and Spanish and fluent in English and French.

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