WiDS Houston 2020

Date: TBA
Talks: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Chevron Building Auditorium, 1500 Louisiana St.
Cocktail Hour + Poster Session: 4:30 - 6:30pm, The Data Refinery, 1600 Smith St.


Attention: Due to COVID-19, the event is postponed to a later date. Registration and the Call for Student Poster Abstracts will re-open once a new date is set. Please check back for updates.








WiDS Houston is an independent event organized to coincide with the annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. WiDS includes nearly 200 regional conferences in over 55 countries, an annual datathon and a podcast series. 

WiDS Houston features an afternoon of engaging speakers from industry and academia, a panel discussion, a student poster competition and a cocktail hour for networking. Topics will reflect activities from the major industries driving Houston such as energy, health care, biomedical research & aerospace.

All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work.





Talks: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Chevron Building Auditorium, 1500 Louisiana St.


11:30am - 11:45am Check-in & Lunch  
11:45am - 12:00pm

WiDS Opening Video & Remarks

Jo-Anne Ting, Lead Data Scientist, Arundo Analytics

12:00pm - 12:45pm Keynote: Talk Title TBD Genevera Allen, Associate Professor, Statistics, Rice University
12:45pm - 1:15pm Dynamic Pricing in the Era of E-commerce Yan Xu, Senior Scientist, PROS
1:15pm - 1:45pm Beyond OCR: Using Deep Learning to Understand Documents Natalie Berestovsky, Director of Data Science, Bill.com
1:45pm - 2:00pm Speed talks by Finalists of Student Poster Competition

Judging Panel: 

  • Yan Xu (Pros)
  • Nathalie Berestovsky (Bill.com)
  • Roy Keyes (Arundo)
2:00pm - 2:15pm TBD Barbara Burger, President, Chevron Technology Ventures
2:15pm - 3:00pm Keynote: Talk Title TBD Angela Wilkins, Co-CEO & CTO, Mercury Data Science
3:00pm - 3:45pm Panel Discussion: Panel Topic TBD Panelists:
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Student Poster Competition Winner Announcement + Closing Remarks


Cocktail Hour + PosteR session: 4:30 - 6:30pm, The Data Refinery, 1600 Smith St.


4:30pm - 4:45pm Welcome to The Data Refinery Geeta Thakorlal, President, Worley Digital
4:45pm - 6:30pm

Networking Reception with Invited Guests, Student Poster Session & Demo Booths













Please contact WiDS Houston Ambassadors below at info@widshouston2020.org for more details about the program / sponsorship opportunities or with any questions you may have.


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Jo-Anne Ting



Tailai Wen



Roy Keyes



Both venues are across the street from each other and < 5 min walking distance apart.

Talks: Chevron Building Auditorium - 1st floor, 1500 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002

Cocktail Hour: The Data Refinery - 37th floor, 1600 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002