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Ministry of ICT sponsors WiDS forum held by PSU and Stanford

05 Mar 2019
Ministry of ICT sponsors WiDS forum held by PSU and Stanford

Under the official auspices of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and its initiative "Think Tech," Prince Sultan University in collaboration with Stanford University organized the second edition of "Women in Data Science" forum (WiDS).

The forum is aimed at enhancing women’s engagement in Data Science, Engineering and Computer Science. It also aims to expose the latest data science research in the Middle East by encouraging the exchange of ideas and interdisciplinary collaboration among local and international researchers and industry leaders, as well as inspiring and educating data scientists around the world as well as those interested in the field and supporting women and investing their strong quantitative and analytical skills.

Including the ‘Future Caravan Vehicle’ by Think Tech, WiDS provided an opportunity to learn about the latest emerging technologies, latest research and data science applications, as well as a multidisciplinary brainstorming and collaboration platform among researchers in global data science networks.

“The Ministry, through sponsoring this forum, sought to support and empower women in the ICT sector, indicating that this step is a natural extension of the Ministry's strategic orientation of ‘Empowering Digital Saudi’. MCIT’s participation came as a part of its efforts to invest women's energies and capabilities as a non-negligible real player, and educate them on the latest technical developments. This helps to seize the opportunities created by the Fourth Industrial Revolution through the Think Tech initiative that aims to look ahead and promote technical awareness through multiple means,” said Mrs. Wadha Bin Zarah, Director of Women Empowerment at MCIT.

H.E. Dr. Reema Al-Yahya, Deputy of PSU, pointed out that the forum was an embodiment of the leadership’s vision in supporting and empowering women in all fields, especially in the field of data science. She emphasized that PSU is keen to encourage emerging and advanced technologies and thus enhance the role of women in enriching local content by scientific research, so that they contribute to developing and building a development renaissance of this good country. In addition, she extended thanks to MCIT and partners for organizing this successful and distinct forum.

MCIT is paying growing interest to youth through organizing a number of events, all aimed at creating an environment conducive to the development of digital youth capacities and release of their creative potential, and to exploit their abilities and maximize their returns.
 

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