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Women in Data Science

WiDS Datathon Maastricht 2022

Do you want to gain or improve your data science skills by solving a global data challenge?

Do you want to team up with fellows and win the global prize?

Do you want to support women in the data science domain and work in a gender-balanced team?

If yes: Welcome to the Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon 2022 in Maastricht on the 4th and 5th of February!

You will be given a dataset and a limited amount of time, you are challenged to use your 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! 

This is the third year that the Institute of Data Science hosted the WiDS Datathon Maastricht to inspire women to learn more about data science and to create a supportive environment for women to connect with others in their community. This year the Datathon will be held completely online, so you can join the event wherever you are in the world.

WiDS Datathon is open to individuals or teams of up to 4 participants, at least half of each team must be individuals identifying themselves as women.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the WiDS Datathon: students, faculty, civil/public servants or anyone coming from the private sector. We encourage everyone to join regardless of their level of knowledge in data science!


WiDS Datathon Global
The WiDS Datathon is a Stanford University initiative preceding the Women in Data Science Conference (WiDS). 
WiDS aims at inspiring and educating data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and supporting women in the field. The WiDS Datathon builds upon these same objectives by enabling a diverse team to work together in a data-related challenge. 

Stanford University as the initiator will release a data challenge on the Kaggle platform. You can join the WiDS Datathon 2022 as an individual or with a team to tackle this data challenge competing with other teams from all over the world. Aligned with WIDS missions, we mandate at least 50% women in each participating team to encourage more women to learn data science and create a supportive environment for them.

Data challenge this year
The WiDS Datathon 2022 will address an important way to mitigate the effects of climate change with a focus on energy efficiency. Climate change is a globally relevant, urgent, and multi-faceted issue heavily impacted by energy policy and infrastructure. Addressing climate change involves mitigation (i.e. mitigating greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation (i.e. preparing for unavoidable consequences). Mitigation of GHG emissions requires changes to electricity systems, transportation, buildings, industry, and land use. 

The WiDS Datathon 2022 dataset was created in collaboration with Climate Change AI (CCAI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). WiDS Datathon participants will analyze regional differences in building energy efficiency, and build models to predict building energy consumption, an important first step in understanding how to maximize energy efficiency. Accurate predictions of energy consumption can help policymakers target retrofitting efforts to maximize emissions reductions. 

If you have not participated in Kaggle competitions before or if you do not have sufficient data science skills, please join our pre-training sessions in the morning of 4th and 5th February. We will help you to use Kaggle platform, understand the dataset, introduce data analysis pipeline, brainstorming on possible solutions, etc. As a warm-up for the Datathon, People who have experience in data science are also very welcome to join to help others and get to know your team members in Datathon.

General Information

  • The event is fully online and free of charge.
  • All genders and backgrounds are welcome to participate.
  • You will have 2 days of Data Science learning and hacking within a team.
  • You will tackle a data challenge to address an important way to mitigate the effects of climate change with a focus on energy efficiency.
  • Read about WiDS Datathon Maastricht 2020 and WiDS Datathon Maastricht 2021




Registration is for both Datathon days: Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th of February.



Please consult the detailed program of the WiDS Datathon 2022 here.



WiDS Conference Maastricht

You are very welcome to register and attend the WiDS Conference Maastricht 2022.


WiDS Datathon Maastricht 2022 is an independent event that is organized by Chang Sun (WiDS Ambassador), Visara Urovi (WiDS Ambassador) and Nicolas Perez, collaborating with MSV Incognito, the study association for the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering.

Datathon Maastricht 2022 is a part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are invited to attend WiDS Conferences and Datathon events.

Chang Sun (e-mail: chang.sun[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl)