In collaboration with the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), the Division of Data Sciences, the D-Lab, the Women in Technology Initiative (WITI), and CITRIS, the School of Information is excited to announce Data & Tech for All, an inaugural week of events democratizing data science and technology at UC Berkeley.
Throughout campus, initiatives are underway to bring a variety of experiences, perspectives, knowledge, and talent to data science, computer science, statistics, and related technical fields. With the first Data & Tech for All week, March 4-8, 2019, we celebrate this work across campus and invite the community to learn more about these opportunities.
This week’s events feature multiple topics on and by women in technology and data science. “At the I School,” said Anno Saxenian, Dean of the School of Information, “we are keenly aware of our responsibility to educate and prepare women and other underrepresented groups to go forward to work in the tech world, where an entrenched culture of sexism and gender discrimination is no secret.”
Events taking place this week will commence with the Women in Data Science (WiDS) 2019 Berkeley satellite conference and panel discussion hosted by the School of Information. The WiDS conference will be streamed online throughout the day, and the panel will be held at noon in South Hall. We will also host two “Tech Talks” at 3:15 pm and 3:45 pm respectively. Other events include an open house and panel discussion on hate speech and sexism, hosted by the D-Lab; Data-intensive Research for Undergraduates, hosted by BIDS, a CITRIS Research Exchange with Katherine Yelick, hosted by CITRIS; Using Digital Learning Platforms for Data Science Education for All, hosted by the Division of Data Sciences; and Women in Tech: The Future of AI, hosted by WITI, CITRIS, and the College of Engineering.
The I School is excited to collaborate across campus to further promote diversity in data science and technology. “The opportunities and challenges here are so big and so diverse,” said Dean Saxenian, “it is going to take people with expertise that is as broad as the Berkeley campus to grapple with the many ways data is changing our world.”