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Session 4

Day Two

Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the smarter future – Building Capacities: Women in Data Science

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Keynote and Panel Discussion

In the rapidly emerging landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data, Trinidad and Tobago exemplifies impressive strides in promoting Women in Data Science. Despite considerable advancements in gender equality, women remain significantly underrepresented in the field.

The panel discussion and presentation examines online campaigns, sponsored educational programs, and mentorship initiatives designed to forge a smarter future by harnessing the potential of AI, Big Data, and the empowering resourcefulness of women in the field. It explores the persistent challenges faced by women in data science, such as enduring stereotypes, lack of role models, disparate opportunities, and implicit biases.

It critically examines the external and internal barriers hindering women from pursuing and thriving in data science careers;  showcases the capacities of women locally to navigate the intricacies of data science;  opportunities for women in the technological forefront and ensuring their active participation in shaping the future of a data-centric Trinidad and Tobago. It examines the paradigm shift brought on by women in data science resulting in data-driven policy implementation, higher national productivity, and a more competitive edge in the local and global economy.

The session highlights the experiences of three successful local professional women practitioners and the significant role of women in Data Science in creating a smarter, digitally proficient future Trinidad and Tobago.

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