The Women in Data Conference 2022 that aimed to nurture and expand the community of women in data in Nepal, saw the ‘Women in Data Steering Committee’ help D4D host several satellite events in both physical and virtual modalities due to the ongoing pandemic.
The conference ended on 20 March with Girls in Tech (GiT) hosting a panel discussion alongside a closing ceremony. The three events were as follows:
Gender Bootcamp101: Women Leaders in Technology (WLiT) and Open Knowledge Nepal (OKN) organized a two-day (4 hours per day) workshop around the usage of Gender Data on the 16 and 17 of March. OKN and WLiT together taught on four modules related to the fundamentals of gendered data, collection and processing, analysis and visualization and uptake techniques for such data. The bootcamp saw a total participation of 15 individuals, 12 being women from various institutions.
Making Sense of Data with Visualization Workshop: Women in STEAM (WiSTEAM) conducted a half-day in-person workshop on 19 March to help participants better visualize data techniques. 16 female students, all from separate academic institutions were shortlisted from a pool of 78 applicants that had applied to take part in the data visualization workshop. The participants were taught not only how to conceptualize data but also the process of storifying data in aims of easier sharing and dissemination.
Panel Discussion on the Need of Women in Data Against Gender Bias in AI: Girls in Tech (GiT) Nepal conducted a panel discussion on the 20th March with the panelists: Aachal Kunwar, Managing Director of Daraz Nepal, Rakesh Katuwal, Manager of AI Products at Fusemachines, Sachin Karanjit, Head of Nepal Operations at Deerhold and Shreyasha Paudel, Research Fellow at Nepali Applied Mathematics and Informatics Institute. The event saw 38 female participants in a total of 63 including, D4D partners, dialogue with panelists that shared their perspective on how biases affected the tech industry and what countermeasures were being taken. D4D’s director Sajana Maharjan Amatya provided the concluding remarks and gave a brief overview not only the programme, but also its objectives.