Western Digital is pleased to be a corporate sponsor of the Global Women in Data Science Conference (WiDS) since 2018. This new series of profiles features a select group of WiDS global ambassadors. They share their stories about leading events in their local communities that inspire and educate data scientists, while supporting women in the field.
Buvana Vejoy is a WiDS Ambassador hailing from Melbourne, Australia.
She is leading artificial intelligence acceleration for one of the largest firms in Australia that handles telecommunications. Through her role as a WiDS Ambassador, she planned and carried out a well-attended event, WiDS Melbourne, with several respected speakers.
Above all else, Buvana believes that diverse perspectives will lead to progress for technology and businesses alike. We spoke to Buvana to learn about her experience in planning a successful data science event.
First off, how did your event go?
BUVANA: We had a great response to the event, brilliant speakers, engaging discussions and sharing. It was lovely to get great feedback from the attendees. The only downside was that we had to put many people on the waiting list. So, for next year, I’m looking forward to bring in all who are interested to be there at the event to join in the passionate exchanges.
When did you get the idea that you wanted to be a WiDS Ambassador?
BUVANA: I came across the WiDS conference and was inspired to bring it to Melbourne, Australia for the first time.
Why were you so interested in the ambassador position?
BUVANA: It was a perfect opportunity to contribute back, raise awareness among young women of this rising field and bring together the data science community.
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Once you started planning for your event, how did you find local speakers and attendees?
BUVANA: It was no trouble at all. There were many passionate women in this area who were willing to share their experiences and learnings with the broader community. I thank all the speakers who made this event a success.
In your experience, what does the data science community look like in Australia now?
BUVANA: It’s a growing community and it’s inspiring to see so many passionate women in this space.
Moving forward, how do you think data science will impact people in their day-to-day life?
BUVANA: Data science and artificial intelligence are increasingly becoming key for differentiation in business and so the investments are increasing rapidly in this space. So get ready for new disruptions, new products that will weave their way into our daily lives progressively.
What was your biggest takeaway from being a WiDS Ambassador?
BUVANA: The biggest takeaway for me was the passion I saw in the people who attended the event. It was well worth the effort among hectic schedules and I look forward to bringing it together again.