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WIDS Riyadh Datathon
Jan 28, 2023
12pm - 6pm



WiDS Riyadh is an independent event that is organized by WiDS Ambassadors (Dr. Noor Alsaadoun, Dr. Khuloud Khateeb, Ms. Safia Dawood, Dr. Shrooq Alsenan and Dr. Areej Al-Wabil) 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 conference and WiDS Datathon Workshop events which feature outstanding women doing outstanding work.


The WiDS Riyadh Datathon Workshop is an annual workshop preceding the WiDS Conference. The workshop aims to provide mentorship and training for those interested in participating in the WiDS Datathon Challenge, and, more generally, anyone with a strong interest in data science.

A datathon is a data-focused hackathon — given a dataset and a limited amount of time, participants are challenged to use their creativity and data science skills to build, test, and explore solutions. Try something new, apply what you know, learn from other participants, and improve your data science skills along the way!


The WiDS Datathon 2023 Challenge: Adapting to Climate Change by Improving Extreme Weather Forecasts

This year’s datathon will focus on longer-term weather forecasting to help communities adapt to extreme weather events caused by climate change. The dataset was created in collaboration with Climate Change AI (CCAI). WiDS participants will submit forecasts of temperature and precipitation for a short term forecast, competing against the other teams as well as official forecasts from NOAA. 

The WiDS Datathon workshop consists of data science/machine learning tutorials followed by a team-based practical session focused on a single data science task.



Workshop Agenda

12:00  Networking

12:30  Opening Remarks

WIDS Ambassador - Dr. Noor Alsaadoun [Alfaisal University]

WiDS Ambassador - Dr. Khuloud Khateeb [Health Holding Company]

12:40  Kaggle & the Datathon Process 

WIDS Ambassador Ms. Safia Dawoud [Alfaisal University]

13:00  Workshop - Exploratory Session for the Dataset

WiDS Ambassador - Dr. Shrooq Alsenan

14:00  Mentoring via WIDS Ambassadors 

16:00  Competition Next Steps

WIDS Ambassador - Dr. Aseel Addawoud [Bayan]

WiDS Ambassador - Dr. Areej Al-Wabil [Alfaisal University]

17:00  Mentoring

18:00 Wrap-up and Closing Remarks


Datathon Location

The Datathon will be held on campus at Alfaisal University in Riyadh for registered participants. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Datathon Workshop.

To join the Datathon on-campus Jan 28th please register via this link.

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Host Institution

The WIDS Riyadh Datathon is hosted by Alfaisal University.

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