04 Feb 05 Feb
09:30 - 17:30
Women in Data Science

WiDS Maastricht Datathon 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) Maastricht Datathon 2022 on the 4th and 5th of February! 

WIDS Maastricht Datathon is a regional (but open to all) event and competition of the Global WIDS Datathon Competition. Participants register and compete regionally for the WiDS Maastricht Datathon Prize and globally for the WiDS Global Datathon Prize.

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 Maastricht Datathon 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 WiDS Maastricht Datathon will be held completely ONLINE, so you can join the event wherever you are in the world!

Everyone is welcome to participate in the WiDS Maastricht 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! 

The WiDS Maastricht 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!

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.


WiDS Datathon Global
The WiDS Datathon is a Stanford University initiative preceding the Women in Data Science Conference (WiDS), to be held on Monday 7 March 2022. WiDS Conference Maastricht will follow on Tuesday 8 March.

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.


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.

This year's data challenge

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. 

Previous Datathons

Read about WiDS Datathon Maastricht 2020 and WiDS Datathon Maastricht 2021

WiDS Conference Maastricht

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

Pre-training and tutoring support

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 delivered by Yeni Plasencia Calaña  and Chang Sun 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 the Datathon.

During the Datathon, we have a team of excellent data science experts to provide knowledge inputs and suggestions to help you and your team to solve the data challenge.

WiDS Maastricht Datathon 2022 Tutors Team: Seun AdekunleShashank ChakravarthyÖzge ErtenCarlos Utrilla Guerrero, Stefan MeierMaryam MohammadiNicolas Perez and Gijs Wijngaard.


WiDS Maastricht Datathon is an event organised to precede the Women in Data Science Maastricht Conference. Both events are held online this year and you are welcomed to join both. Participants can be of any gender, and can be students, faculty, government workers, members of NGOs, or industry members. 

This event is sponsored by the Institute of Data Science and supported by the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) and and the Brightlands Institute for Smart Society (BISS).

For further questions, please contact the organisers: Chang Sun (WiDS Ambassador), Visara Urovi (WiDS Ambassador) and Nicolas Perez, collaborating with MSV Incognito (the study association for DKE).

The datathon is an independently organised event originating from the annual Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon held by Stanford University.

WiDS Maastricht Datathon 2022 Highlights